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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Anxiety & Dizziness Vs.Insomnia

I have suffered from a very mild form of Agoraphobia for a couple of years, which is in essence the fear of embarrassing yourself in public.

My particular fear is of passing out in public or having a bad panic attack to the point of passing out in public. Agoraphobia is particularly annoying because you actual get anxious about getting anxious, and you tend to build up the anxiety levels as you worry about a specific public event in the future.

For me personally there are a couple of situations which make my anxious, meetings, sometimes sitting in restaurants, queues, walking across open roads at traffic lights, talking to people while standing up and driving.

About the only thing I do avoid these days is driving, mainly because the consequences of having a serious panic attack while driving could be catastrophic and or I could kill myself or someone else.

For people who do not suffer from anxiety or panic attacks it can seem almost incomprehensible how 'a bit of stress' can have such an affect on someone else.

I am a bit of insomniac and regularly take Stilnox (Ambien) to help me sleep which does a great job, or so I thought. Of late there has been a huge amount of press abut Stilnox in Australia, particularly to do with side effects such as amnesia when taking it, sleep walking and in one case it has been linked to someone walking off a balcony and killing themselves.

I was reading an article about this and found out that the most common two side effects from regular (or even semi regular) use are:


So hold on, the two most common side effects are what I would describe as a "heightened sense of anxiety".

In thinking back I can pin point too times at which for days I have been seriously anxious and they have almost all coincided with a period where I have taken Stilnox for several (at least five) nights in a row.

So It's a no brainer really I can't take it any more to help me sleep, so here is to finding another to stay asleep that doesn't involve something that makes me anxious!

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At Fri Apr 20, 05:37:00 AM EST, Blogger Volacious said...

I used to use Stilnox for some time, but gave it up because I found it was a very dirty drug, and I used to wake up feeling like a truck had hit me.

Since then I was referred onto a little-known drug that is usually prescribed as a sedative for psychotic patients and the elderly, but in small doses is excellent for easing insomnia and sleep problems. I haven't had any side effects that I know of just yet... LOL
It's called Seroquel, of which the active ingredient is Quetiapine.
I don't know if a regular GP can prescribe it, but it's worth a try!

At Sun Apr 22, 05:31:00 PM EST, Blogger Not so Single Guy said...

Mate. I hear you. I suffer from General Anxiety Disorder. I was on Zoloft for a few months. I have had two severe panic attacks and they are extremely scary. I used to have axiety about vomiting in public! I know...including in planes. But I am now much better. I also had insomnia. I took stilnox for a few months but no longer use it. It makes me twitch at night or so my boy tells me!

At Sun Apr 22, 06:59:00 PM EST, Blogger Superdrewby said...

Thanks guys - its nice to know that more people have anxiety issues too:)

At Mon Apr 23, 02:37:00 PM EST, Blogger Dslash said...

Stilnox are crap on me I have ADHD and caint stop spinning at top speed! Fiorinal over the counter is what works for me!


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