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Insomnia and sleep apnea

Having sleep apnea and unable to tolerate Cpap and insomnia that is getting worse over decade, is there any good sleep medicine that people with sinemet ER and domperdone use?

Mirtazapine did not help and zolpidem is getting less effective every day

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I have found that the best medicine for insomnia is EXERCISE! Don't close your mind to doing exercise, even if you are not ableto walk for more than 5 minutes, without getting tired. Try walking for whatever time you are able, every second day. In a couple of weeks you will find that you can walk for longer. That is progress! Keep doing it and see what happens to your insomnia!

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I agree. A long walk preferably in sunshine. I also take klonopin, valerian and melatonin

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I enjoy walking & exercise, but I have found an all-natural sleep aid, Alteril, helps me sleep deeper & for a little longer periods during the night - it contains Melatonin ...

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I used a CPAP for a while but then transferred to a mouth aid which kept my jaw forward. The dentist at St.Thomas' Hospital did it and it meant I did not need to use the CPAP but it kept my tubes open. Hope this helps.

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I try not to rely too much on Trazedone. Usually when I wake at 1-2am I take a 50 mg trazedone and a small sandwich bag that contains 2 ritz crackers and half slice of cheese and a small amount of grilled chicken (that I froze and has thawed by now). Trazedone lasts longer when taken with food plus the chicken has tryptophan and of course the cheese helps too. When this regime stops working I can take two trazedones with food before bed or instead of trazedone at 1am take a shot of childrens liquid benedryl (which works for about two nights). I exercise regularly too.

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My husband is on a small dose of seroquel at night only for sleep, and has an oxygen concentrator with nasal cannula for his sleep apnea. I try to have him swim everyday, and get a good hour in the sunshine. He has a 3 wheel bike to ride also. Other days -- I have him meet up with a personal trainer. She can get him moving .

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I've been given Trazodone (50 MG tablet) by my movement disorder specialist. I take Carbidopa-Levo ER ; Azilect and Amantadine for PD. I try not to use the sleeping aid if I don't have to, but if I do, I start out with 1/2 tablet. Sometimes even when I get plenty of exercise I have problems sleeping....I don't want to "have" to take a sleeping aid if I can help it.....I figure that I'll be taking other meds eventually, (if not for PD then for other things), and don't want to "overload" on meds.

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