Sleeping pills for long haul flights

Aug 29th, 2016, 03:47 AM
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I asked a friend who is a frequent traveler what her sleep aid of choice is and she said 1/4 trazidone. I need to follow up with her to learn the mg of each pill.

I asked my doctor for a few Ambien for my upcoming trip and he prescribed restoril instead. $30+ for 10 pills....yikes!
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Aug 29th, 2016, 09:40 PM
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Restoril is a fairly "easy" sleep med IME; not the rapid drop off as with Ambien but doesn't seem to have the problems associated with it. PCPs seem more comfortable prescribing it than many other sleep meds. It's available in generic (temazepam).
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Aug 30th, 2016, 07:57 AM
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Annw, your description of the effect of Restoril (temazepam) and the "pam" in the name leads to me suspect it's in the same family of compounds as diazepam (Valium) which I use, mentioned at the very top of the thread, a muscle relaxer rather than a sleeping pill, despite the "rest" in the brand name. Do you know more about it?
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Aug 30th, 2016, 08:02 PM
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Wiki confirms my info:

Temazepam (brand names Restoril and Normison, among others) is an intermediate-acting 3-hydroxy hypnotic of the benzodiazepine class of psychoactive drugs. It is the 3-hydroxy analogue of diazepam, and one of diazepam's primary active metabolites.

Temazepam is approved for the short-term treatment of insomnia. In addition, temazepam has anxiolytic (antianxiety), anticonvulsant, and skeletal muscle relaxant properties.[1][2][3]

--So benzo class, but not exactly the same -- I see it used for sleep aid not anti anxiety, but that is IME maybe not universal.

Anything can lose effectiveness if used repeatedly -- if I use Temazepam I will alternate it with Zquil or Tylenol PM/benadryl to avoid that.
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Aug 30th, 2016, 08:27 PM
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Very interesting.
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Aug 31st, 2016, 12:36 PM
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I would never mix drugs like that (some prescription them some OTC) even on different days.

Yes, anything with that -pam at the end is in that same family of drugs.
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Aug 31st, 2016, 03:19 PM
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Suze the MD endorsed alternating (it's not mixing) -- noting, as above, it is less likely to encourage habituation of either one. Saw him today and confirmed. YMMV.
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Aug 31st, 2016, 03:39 PM
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I understand. And agree, would not use the pharmaceutical every night (never more than 2x/wk).

My reasoning is that I believe using the 3 different drugs will mess up being able to fall asleep and stay asleep naturally, which I assume is the goal for most people.

And for me the over the counter ones like Tylenol PM have the opposite effect (wakes me up, doesn't put me to sleep).
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Aug 31st, 2016, 08:48 PM
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Generally the less medication the better in this area, IMO. That is a bummer about the Tylenol PM suze.
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Sep 1st, 2016, 12:45 AM
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I am like Justine.
Melatonin works for me - but more like 6 hours.
I am told to use it before the trip but never do and use it during and after the trip when I am back.

Btw not about sleeping pills but if you don't sleep or wake up take a stroll and do some exercise. You can get blood clogging if you stay too long seated on a plane. One uncle died like that and I heard of a doctor who also died after a long flight.
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Sep 4th, 2016, 09:38 AM
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annw~~ Not really, since I know it in advance, I don't use it.

There are several OTC that have the opposite effect on me (anything benedryl). And personally I feel safer using a prescription from my doctor, on occasion, rather than self-prescribing OTCs anyways.
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Sep 5th, 2016, 03:47 PM
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WOW, I guess I am blessed as I have no problem sleeping on planes. Put my headphones on some sweet quiet music, nice blanket, eye shades, take off my shoes and a great neck pillow and I am out. I generally get 5 hours of sleep on flight from CA to Europe which is enough to get me going until the next day. I do take NO JET LAG every 2 ours when I am awake and I find that it helps me a lot with headaches and that jet lag feeling.
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Sep 5th, 2016, 06:09 PM
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One of my children reacts completely opposite to several drugs ( like suze apparently) this is a known effect for some people, which is why should always try a medication before a flight.
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