Please read... I don't know what to do

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by cjr2003, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. cjr2003

    cjr2003 New Member

    Dear ones, this is my 16th week of my detox process to get off of the meds that I am on for fibro. in order to try for a baby. I have been trying to detox from Trazodone for 3 weeks now. I have been through severe withdrawals for the past 10 days. I stopped taking Trazodone completely 10 days ago, and have taken 100 mg of it only once since then, on the 7th day, because I was so desperate for sleep. My dr. has put me on Ambien for one week and Lunesta for one week in order to help me sleep while I go through the withdrawals, but neither have helped. The only thing that helps is the Trazodone, which I have to get off of. I have not been to sleep all night, and feel as though I may truly lose sanity, if I do not sleep soon. My skin has been on fire, itched out of control for the past week, I feel as though I have adrenaline pumping through my veins all of the time, and cannot fall asleep at all. If I take enough Trazodone to get some sleep every 3 days or so, I am worried that I am not helping the process along of getting off the med, but hindering it. I don't know what to do, and I don't think my dr's do either. Is this something I am going to have to do to a drug rehab center to take care of? How does that work? I JUST WANT TO SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!! I have tried every over the counter sleep aid I can think of including Melatonin,Tylenol P.M. , simply sleep,dramamine etc. I took 6 simply sleeps one night over 8 hours and never fell to sleep. If I take some more Trazodone, even though it is not an every day thing, am I ever going to get this med out of me? I am so desperate for sleep, I have never felt this way before, and am almost feeling volatile.I know I am in withdrawals, but how long is this going to last? And how am I going to survive never sleeping? That just brings on a migraine and more fibro pain. help! Sincerely, Carla
  2. Grandma6

    Grandma6 New Member


    I really can't give you any advise because Trazodone is not a med that I know about but I'm sure someone on the boards will be able to help you.
    I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you to have an easy time getting off of this and that you find something that will help you get some rest.

    Hang in there because since you are wanting to have a baby, I know it will be worth it in the end.

    Good Luck,
  3. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    I wish I had some advise for you. I am so sorry you are having to go thru this..I have never taken trazdone so not sure how long it takes to get out of your system..

    What other meds did you stop ? I so hope you get some help from others on the board..

    Maybe you need the medicine and this is not the time to stop..

    Sorry, I am of no help but my prayers are with you...


  4. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    I dont know abut Trazodone either but 3 weeks doesnt seem long enough to wean yourself off any strong med.

    Stopping it completely like that doesnt seem right to me, you should be doing it slowly, very slowly. Some meds take months to come off, the dosage is cut down slowly over months not a few weeks.

    I would discuss your reactions with your doctor.

    I hope it gets better for you.


  5. Zzzsharn

    Zzzsharn New Member

    Hi Carla,
    When I was pregnant- my OB/GYN gave me Ambien for sleep. Assured me it was safe for the baby and I slept!!

    Maybe instead of the trazadone, you could try ambien? If it works, at least when you become pg, you'll know you have options for sleep aide.

    Hope this was helpful.

  6. risinforce

    risinforce New Member

    I'm currently suffering w/drawal from oxycontin only because I have a neglegent doc who doesn't return phone calls. Actually I have two pills left and am breaking them in half to hopefully avoid the full fallout. Been there on accident.

    I was taken off this med before though and they weaned me off of it slowly. Just mildly reduced the dosage over the course of 2 months. Can they do that for you instead of making you stop all at once? It seems a bit harsh.

    Get some xanax too to help w/the withdrawal and anxiety that comes withit. If you are experiencing that. I do! Oh boy! Rocking back and forth, the worst. Remember in your mind this is a physical issue and not a mental one. You are not a drug addict, your body just is used to having this med in it. And if you are religeous, pray, pray, pray. That's what I've been doing.

    I hope you get some help and would take the advice of the post above. One every other day or a 1/2 of one a day and slowly wean. No doctor should ask you to just stop, that's crazy. It usually takes a few months to get pregnant anyways.

    Lots of hugs and good luck w/the baby!

  7. cjr2003

    cjr2003 New Member

    Well, I went back to bed after I ate some breakfast and took 3-3mg melatonin pills. . . I actually fell asleep finally - I think I got about 3 hours. Maybe I just have to wait for my body to wear itself out trying to go to sleep, and then I will go to sleep. It is so hard not being able to sleep during the night and having to wait til the next a.m. to actually sleep - it is such torture. I haven't taken anymore Trazodone yet, I am trying to hold out as long as I can. Thank God I got 3 hours sleep. I think I am going to try for a few more hours. I went to a drug rehab site and filled out a questionaire so someone would contact me via email about what is going on. I am not sure that they can help me though anyhow. Ambien is a pregnancy cat.B, and I asked my OBGYN if I could take it while pregnant. He said it IS safe to take during pregnancy but that he didn't want me taking it. I need to ask him why. I think it is because Ambien is not really meant for long term use. Anyhow, I tried it for a week, and I never fell asleep from it, so I don't think it worked too well for me. Thanks for all the comments and prayers. Please keep praying! This is so tough. I feel like I am so close to getting where I need to be to get pregnant, but so far away because I cannot sleep properly. LOL Carla
  8. kimkane

    kimkane New Member

    I didn't think it was safe to detox by going cold turkey? I thought a Dr weaned you off slowly.
  9. cjr2003

    cjr2003 New Member

    My pain management specialist was the one that told me that

    I could just stop taking my Trazodone cold turkey. But, at

    the time he told me that it was at the first of my detox

    and I was only taking 50mg. The further into my detox that

    I got, the more Trazodone that I had to take to fall

    asleep. I went up to 150 mg Trazodone by the time I went

    off of it. I actually did lower the dosage though for 2-3

    weeks before I went off of it completely, but it just

    didn't seem to make a difference. A nurse that I talked to

    from a drug rehab clinic said that because I have been on

    the Trazodone for 10 years plus, it is most likely in my

    plasma in my blood, and that it will take longer to get it

    out of my system because of that.

    Well, no luck with getting anymore sleep. Kate, I think you may have a point with the mental part of not sleeping. The more I cannot sleep, the more agitated I get, and that gets me stirred up and upset, and keeps me awake even longer. This morning, I got up, slammed a few doors around, made some breakfast,checked email, and then went back to try for more sleep and it seemed to somehow work. I am not working right now - Thank God. I am on a L.O.A. I can take up to a year off. I have been off for 4 months now. It seems like I do sleep better when I am good and worn out. Kate - did your dr. tell you that 75 mg. was the limit on the Benadryl for being pregnant? I had been wondering how much I could take and still be safe. I can take two pills, but they do not make me sleepy. Very little does, but I am sure this is because of the withdrawals. Npstitans- please do post the google search on the withdrawal protocol. My husband and I have been pretty disappointed in my dr's and their lax attitude concerning if I go into withdrawals or not. LOL Carla
  10. starpriestess

    starpriestess New Member

    hello carla, yes you are in a perdicament and i know how it is, i wish the ambien worked for you, but now i think im becoming immune to the effects of it for being on it for so long,so that worries me. have you ever tried elavil, elavil works well for sleep, if it works for you i can guarantee at least 8 hours or more, the only thing is the grogginess after you wake up, but with everyone its different, so you could try it. you sound alot like me, its a hell know one could possibly know. have you consulted a neurologist or been tested for sleep apnea. I do hope you find some relief, i will pray that you do, peace, claudette
  11. Empower

    Empower New Member

    I have never had trouble getting off of any Antidepressant or Benzo.

    I HAVE taken the Trazadone b4.

    I think the key is, (and I know the docs may not agree) is to slowly, very slowly reduce the meds.

    If you can talk to your doctor about cutting the pills (I assume it is a tablet) this will usually work.

    You just keep cutting it smaller and smaller every few days. I get to the point of being really ridiculous of cutting it as small as a granule of salt.

    Talk to your doctor first, but this has really helped me alot, and believe me I have been on many different A/D
  12. pirtpain

    pirtpain New Member

    Darla, I also know nothing about the drug but always thought that weening was the way to go. I am glad that you are looking into the rehab end of it. I definitly think the

    people are more knowledgable and able to deal with the withdrawals that come along with detox. I am sure that they can help. I would suggest that you wait until you are

    totally clean before you attempt pregancy. I'm glad to hear that someone like yourself are trying so hard to do this ifficult thing because it must be AWFUL!! I stopped

    for 3 days for hearring tests and was sicker than a dog. I wish you luck and keep us posted!
  13. pirtpain

    pirtpain New Member

    I don’t know anything about this drug either, but I’ve always been told that you ween off the drugs slowly so I am surprised that your dr. is doing it differently. I am glad to see that you are seeking out info from a because they know best how these

    things should be done, at least I would think so. I once stopped taking my drugs for some tests and it was awful. I was so sick and out of it. I would suggest that you rid yourself of any drugs that may harm a baby. If they can find something else to help with your fibro

    issues through a pregnancy that would be great. Keep us informed as to your progress.
    I am new to this but everyone seems so nice and it is so great to talk to others that have FM.. We all will be here to cheer you on.

  14. cjr2003

    cjr2003 New Member

    Hi everyone, thankyou for all the responses to my post. Having support during difficult times helps so much. :>) I will definetly keep ya'll posted. I took a little Trazodone last night and slept quite well. I am going to see if I can make it longer without it this next week and stay at a low dose. I haven't heard back from the detox clinic still so I am going to call them in the morning, and get some more feedback on how long this transition might take. We are so anxious to try for a baby, but only if it is safe. We do not want to take any risks. I couldn't believe how much better I felt all over just from 8 hours good sleep. I had forgotten what good sleep was. Please keep me in your prayers as you are all in mine. LOL Carla

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