and as I get older, I need to know what is going into it! That most certainly applies to prescription medicine.
I recently visited my doctor to let him know that my insomnia had reached an all time low, around 2-3 hours a night, if I am lucky. I had previously been prescribed a low dose antidepressant for the side effect of drowsiness to try and help. It did for a while.
Now he has prescribed something far stronger with possible horrendous side effects but a definite chance of sleep. Wasn’t too sure so checked these pills out when I got home.
Very common side effects are:
Weight gain within 2 months due to nocturnal eating (whilst asleep apparently), a voracious increase in appetite with a need for sugar and carbs, say what! During clinical trials, the weight gain was between 21% and 30%. That would be 2 - 3 stone for me, not exactly good for my heart or body!
Increase in cholesterol, severe constipation, frightening dreams that reoccur, headaches, nausea, painful joints amonst many others. The information sheet inside is the biggest I have ever seen.
Quite frankly, I am not going to take them and shall return to discuss things further.
I have been down the herbal and Nytol route but don’t want to be stuck on those forever. Onward and upward.
Have a good if wet weekend.