Well, the Clonazepam was making me feel dizzy with an overall weird feeling going on in my brain. Since, usually, an overall weird feeling in your brain is generally not a good thing – I stopped taking it Thursday night and felt SO much better Friday. After speaking with my sleep doc Friday afternoon, the new plan of attack is a lower dose of the sleep aide Lunesta coupled with a low dose of another Benzodiazepine named Ativan. Ativan has a shorter half life and less side effects than Clonzaepam. We’ll see, I take my first dose this evening.
If this doesn’t work, we’ve decided I will just go back to Lunesta alone – because in general it gets my night terrors down to more like night murmurs… and I think we can all agree mumbling in my sleep and being jumpy is better than screaming my head off and beating the shit out of my husband.
I am really hopeful about the Ativan though – because Bryan noticed I was much less scared at night on the Clonazepam. I am still worried about the addition factor with Benzodiazepines, especially given the addictive nature of my family… but if I could have a calm night of blissful sleep for once in my life, I would be in heaven. Those of you who get that regularly have no idea how lucky you are.
And after all this research on different types of drugs, I may ask Danielle if she can get me a job at the hospital.