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#1 Beau's Mom

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:04 AM

My doctor has prescribed Lunesta because I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. This has been happening since I wa diagnosed with PD about a month ago. I was under the impression that Lunesta helps you go to sleep but does not necessarily help you stay asleep. I fall to sleep quickly. Lunesta is expensive. Is it worth my while to get the prescription filled? Thank you.

I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience; I am a spiritual being having a (sometimes difficult) human experience.

 

First symptoms: right-hand tremor, constipation and restless arms 1978 (age 25). Depression and anxiety (non-motor symptoms) began in 1989 and worsened through the years. Last inpatient episode June 2013.

Diagnosed December, 2010 by a regular neurologist (age 57). After negative reactions to Requip, Mirapex and selegiline began Sinemet 25/100 3x/day. First MDS visit in Houston in February of 2011 was inconclusive. Second MDS visit at Baylor Fort Worth in May/June 2011 diagnosis changed to Parkinsonism, Sinemet stopped. Third MDS visit in August 2011 in WA State: received a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic PD which had started on the right side and had now crossed to the left side as well. Restarted on Sinemet 25/100 4x/day. A short trial of Amantadine caused audio hallucinations in September 2011.

 

Current medications at age 62: Sinemet 25/100 ODT every 2.5 hours while awake (7/day). One Sinemet 25/100 CR between midnight and 4 AM. Trazodone 200 mg at bedtime, Fluvoxamine 300 mg at bedtime. Clonazepam 0.5 mg morning and afternoon, 1 mg at bedtime. Vit D3 2x/day, Calcium Carbonate Susp. 5 cc daily, Baclofen 10 mg 3x/day, Flonase two sprays 2x/day, Calcitonin-Salmon nasal spray once daily (for osteoporosis). Gel eye drops as needed throughout the day, Restasis Eye drops 2x/day, Nighttime eye ointment at bedtime. 02 2L per nasal cannula while asleep. Walker, electric wheelchair, moist and soft or pureed foods and 115 caregiver hours/month keep me sane.

 

All of the above subject to change based on progression, stress level, and dyskinesia. Whew! I'm glad I finally wrote that all out.


#2 MComes RPH

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 11:48 PM

It is a good medication to help you het and stay asleep. It is expensive, but you can go to www.lunesta.com to get a voucher for a free week and money off future fills.
Another good one, that I prefer because it just came out in generic, is Ambien Cr. The 6.25 and 12.5 just came out in generic and work well at getting you to sleep and helping you stay asleep. I know many people who use it and a great asset of this, and Lunesta, is very little (if any) drug hangover in the morning.
I think bang for the buck, Ambien may be a good. Hoive due to the fact that generic is now available.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:46 PM

I was told I had PD in June 2010 and soon after had sleeping problems and my doctor put me on Ambien CR and it does a great job and I sleep all night without a hangover effect. Also, suggest you Google any new drugs as many have rebates and coupons. I started Ambien CR before the generic came out and they had a rebate program monthly for a year.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:34 PM

We all work as q family here. Thanks howie. There are mant manufacturer rebates out there. If you type in the nay of the medication the .com (example lunesta.com) it will bring you right to the site.
It never hurts to look for these or ask your dr for samples. Many of them have them, all you have to do is ask. They understand, and plus, you are the one paying the bill.
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