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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest medication for insomnia that can be taken for a long time with no side effects

Im looking for a sleeping med for long turm that will not give any bad side afacts like migrans in the mornins when I took the med Zolpidem ER 12.5MG tab for a month I got sever migrans every morning till I finally looked up up the side efects that came along with the med first ne one list was migrans I should of looked right away when I get the med. I wae also put on Amitriptyline HCL 25 MG 1TAB I took this for about a year Im not hapy with whats happening I have been gaining weigt since I have been on Elavil I have looked up the side efects they due lits weight gain on it . my daughter had taken meds from her doctor for othor reasons and it did also make her gain weight a fair amount after she stoped she lost so L know does happen.so if you could give me meds that will help I do have SCA-#14 sever lower back pain that gos down my right hit to my knee I do not take any pain meds they do not woke on me due to my gene it never worked on my dad or my cousens ether there is no trials on my gene so the doctors dont believe me when I tell them meds dodt help they think I want more meds I dont. I just want to numb the area of pain not my hole head and body . wy cant thy just put a numbing sot in my lower back not my spin Ive hade several dont work had spinal pain stimulator put in for 1 year they triyed to geg it to work but never wood tey fnly took out after 1 yer I have been on evey med for pain even fenenal pach up to150 I will never go on any other med that maks me out of my I would just stand not noing what I was doing.I went off cold turky. Ihad some very bad days I really should of gone to the hosp but my husb was not well eather we both couth not move. it took aboui a month or two .
Mon, 24 Sep 2018
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Well, insomnia may be difficult to treat, but there are some methods which can be used. Treatment options include behavior and lifestyle changes, medicines, and complementary medicines. You need to change your dietary habits and these include changing your sleep area or schedule, watching what and when you eat and drink, and being more active. It's also important to keep regular bedtimes and wake times-7 days a week-and to try to avoid taking naps during the day. Prescription sleep medicines also help and include Diazepam and similar medications. Melatonin is supplement which may be of help as well.



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