What medications would you recommend for long term sleep problems?

Published: July 9, 2013
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Have had sleep problems for 15 yrs now and developed FMS 10 yrs ago. I take gabapentin for fms symptoms but it does not help specifically for my sleep. I have been taking Clonazepam for 5 yrs but I do not think it is as effective as before as I wake 7-8 times each night. Is Ambien still the best medication you would recommend for sleep as I am waiting for your new book but need to see my doctor about desperately getting some better sleep before August.

Answer

Most often, a mix of melatonin 1/2 mg, and the Revitalizing Sleep Formula herbal mix 2 to 4 capsules at bedtime, Ambien 5 to 7.5 mg at bedtime , with the 2 1/2 mg left on a nightstand by the bed to be put under the tongue for middle of the night wakings, plus a mix of Neurontin 300 mg , trazodone 25 to 50 mg, and/or flexeril 3-5 mg as needed to get eight hours of solid sleep without hangover works for most. These can be mixed and matched as needed in the combination that works best for you.

L&B,
Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome From Fatigued to Fantastic! and his newer The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.  Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health. 

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