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Cannot sleep without medication (dependent maybe) but the meds make me groggy ALL day

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  • Posted By: Whippry
  • December 27, 2010
  • 07:57 AM

This has been an ongoing problem for several years. It really wears on me.

I take concerta in the morning. I have since age seven. Without it, I do not function as well. It helps my memory and concentration, and keeps me alert and awake but calm.

No matter what time I take it, even setting an alarm very early to take it then go back to sleep, it ALWAYS leaves me fully awake and productive at night. One evening, I decided not to take my sleeping meds and see if I would 'naturally' get tired, I wanted to see if I really am dependent on my sleeping meds. 7am rolled around, and it was pretty ***n clear I wasn't going to sleep anytime soon.

What I take to help me sleep is a blood pressure medication and Klonopin. While I do not have high blood pressure, my doctor prescribed it to help me sleep. It leaves me feeling lethargic and groggy in the morning, but I honestly cannot sleep without it. I want to get off of it but everything else my doctor has had me try hasn't worked.
The later I take it at night, the harder it is to wake up. So if I'm still awake in the wee hours of the morning even after taking my night meds, sometimes I have to take more, which only prolongs my morning grogginess and fatigue.

I really don't know what to do. I guess this is mostly just a frustrated vent and a cry for help. While I wouldn't wish this on anyone, I hope anyone who has had the misfortune of going through a similar experience would be able to weigh in with some insight.

(Yes, typing this thread up at nearly 3am, when I should be sleeping!)

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