Just curious it seems that in most of the posts I have read, the reference to Sinemet use is mostly during the day and minimum in the PM with the only issue in the following morning is Akinesia. During the day I can go 4 to 6+ hours on each 25-100 Sinemet/Comtan. During the night I wake up about every 2.0 to 3.5 hours with my PD symptoms. I have multiple issues including global neuropathy. I need to take a Sinemet/Comtan dose to "Quiet" the system, so to speak. Do most persons sleep through the night? How many PWPs can make it through the night without having to take supplemental medication? I have gotten to the point where I am fearful of the PM.
More Sinemet, Comtan Needed At Night Than... - Cure Parkinson's
I include pm dosing
Hi gl2238, I don't don't take any levodopa during the night (since I have no symptoms then which inhibit sleep). I suppose this may change as the disease advances...
Why not use a timed release version?
Thank you park_bear. Neuro had me try CR. Total added time of sleep between doses, increased by 30 minutes or so. The reason it is so small a time is that since it takes longer for the CR to get into your system you have to take it up to an hour or so before you would take a regular formulary. The violent shaking of my left hand and severity of abdominal pain/tightness, which wakes me up, is, at times, more than I can bare. I have not tried the inhaled Levodopa yet. There is another product called Nourianz, he wants me to try but the potential side effects are nothing to laugh at.
Have you tried Magnesium and/or Melatonin? I highly recommend both.
I give my mother a banana before she goes to bed along with carbidopa levodopa
I am not a doctor, but why the banana before bed? Try Magnesium L-Threonate, three capsules a day, last one you can give to her with her C/L. Melatonin is for insomnia, REM and then some! If you search this site, upper right-hand block "Search HealthUnlocked" you will find numerous posts on Magnesium and Melatonin.
You may also try Magnesium Oil for pain or tightening of muscles.
I take 1 instant release and 1 extended release together. After 1st dose of the day I can go 6 hours. But the 2nd dose only lasts 4 hours. No matter what I'm doing that's what happens. I take a dose before bed and sleep 6 hours.
My worst time is evening to the point a fall now. However, the Dr. told me nothing will help the falling.
My hubby goes to sleep fast but will awaken in early am, go to Livingroom and fall asleep in recliner....as he does often during the day. He takes 2 Sinamet in the Am, then a saligiline during the day. Do these meds make him more sleepy? What can reduce this other than coffee which he drinks a lot of. Part of his problem is that I don't fall asleep easily despite taking a Doxepin. Then I sleep late but he can be awake in AM tho he sleeps too. Going somewhere is difficult for us both. We feel totally out of life. Right now we are in a retirement home so kids can fix up house, 2 meals provided, and he can get to breakfast but I can't. I just have toast. We get to dinner at about 5pm. He doesn't really say how he feels but tremors seem less. I need to know, tho, what's going on. He gets off balance in the eve when I notice it more and can fall but not as much as when at home with stairs. Apathy is our big problem. I have Fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue and take a generic Provigil to awaken my system a bit but not in the eve. Could he take that since he only takes Sinemit and resigilin, not selegilin. Sorry for spelling. One of the agonists caused falling at home to where getting him up was a problem. We take vitamins, multi, CoQ10, Vit D in the eve but I suspect he's not taking the Vit B complex in the AM, with Sinemet, and I wonder if magnesium should be added. Should he take them all in the AM ? I thought they should be taken at different times for some reason. I hesitate to have him take a lot of any Vit. M.A. In USA. He has had PD for at least 8 years. Thanks.
I highly recommend based on my husband's experience:
1. B1 (HCL)
2. Magnesium L-Threonate
4. Vitamin C
5. Vitamin D
Thank you. Should he take them all at once? What time of day? He gets mild hallucinations in the eve. He takes Vit D, in the eve with Multi. Then at bedtime he takes Meletonin. Seems to work. Have to get magnesium. He has the combo B's but not sure when he should take them. He takes the RX on his awn but not vitamins. I have no idea why. Being 78? So far we're lucky...he doesn't have wild movements...mostly balance and getting going walking. I like the picture of your little dog. Looks like ours which died in Nov. broke....my heart. He was diabetic and so hard to give him shots.
Some vitamins are water soluble and some are lipid soluble. Vitamins C and B1 (HCL) are water soluble which means they can be taken on an empty stomach. Vitamin D is lipid soluble which has to be taken after a meal. Magnesium (one capsule) can be taken along with his Sinemet and B1, one with his mid-day Sinemet and B1 (depending how many mgs of B1 he is taking. Third Magnesium capsule an hour before bed time. Also Melatonin an hour before bed or even start earlier, depending on total of mgs he is taking.
Best to take his multi vitamin after breakfast. All these suggestions are based on my husband's experience.
Age is a bitch, hahaha. Thanks for my dog's compliments. He passed away 13 years ago. He was like a son to me.
I would like to thank all you wonderful folks for addressing an area of PD that doesn't come up for peer review very often. When I wake up it is not a pretty sight. My left arm is literally flailing (shaking violently). Falling asleep is not usually a problem. I have tried all the recommendations as outlined in the various posts. Recently, I tried an experiment. Instead of PD RX, I tried .5mg Ativan (Benzodiazepine), Shaking subsided in about 30 minutes and fell asleep for another four hours at which time I took the usual PD RX. I also tried experiments with 5mg Oxycodone, Oxy also worked in allowing me to sleep in addition to reducing pain which I have 24/7. Results so far have been a better sleep sometimes up to 7 hours with no hangover.
I have tried the Magnesium and Melatonin and the banana with no success. I guess everyone has their own solution ( I hope), to the getting enough sleep issue. Neuro has suggested that since Ativan and OXY target the CNS (Central Nervous System), it quiets the arm flailing without interfering with the PD RX drugs. Now every other time I wake up due to shaking, I take 5mg Oxycodone (not Percocet).
I also tried, upon suggestion from Neuro, to try CR. Result - Total failure, these are two different products with different characteristics. To be effective you have to take up to an hour before final Sinemet/Comtan for the evening. Result is the same forced wake up time.
Again, thank you all for your suggestions.
You are not alone. I dose every 2-3 hrs all day and night. My off period is so severe that my med level is 2 (tabs) 8x a day. Of course this dosing has made matters worse by increasing the PD side effects. I am now going through DBS counseling. And life goes on
Using a night cap / toque. Seems to help.
To get through the PM I take my two tabs at 9, 12, and 3
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