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How does prazosin work for nightmares?
Prazosin is an alpha-adrenergic blocker originally used to treat hypertension. "The reason we think it works in the setting of nightmares is that prazosin crosses the blood–brain barrier, so it gets into the brain and kind of dampens the norepinephrine effects, which we think contribute to nightmares," he said.Mar 12, 2012
Prazosin Relieves Nightmares and Sleep Disturbance in PTSD
What happens if you take too much prazosin?
For this drug to work well, a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times. If you take too much: If you take too much prazosin, you may experience a large drop in blood pressure, with symptoms such as: extreme dizziness. lightheadedness.
Is prazosin a sleeping pill?
Prazosin (Minipress and generic), a drug that was developed to treat high blood pressure, has been found to be useful in managing sleep-related problems caused by PTSD. ... Prazosin is the most thoroughly studied drug in regard to PTSD and sleep among the class of medications known as alpha-1 blockers.
originally posted by: r0xor
a reply to: tjocksteffe
When I was going through a severe make or break your life stressful time last year, I started getting sleep paralysis. It manifests in slightly different ways from person to person.
I'd fall asleep in my bed, but as I'd start to cross over, I'd hear the weirdest buzz or zap noises. Occasionally voices whispering to each other, saying a word to me, or talking outside of the door in the hall even though I only live with one person. I have two young black chihuahuas from the litter my sister's dog had before she moved and even though I rarely let either sleep in my bedroom at the time, I'd get terrorized in my sleep by a small black dog in my bed. I know, it all sounds very weird but I'm telling the truth. I blame it on the stress. I believe that I was actually asleep when hearing the sounds, that they'd be in a dream of me not asleep yet.
The dog would be in my bed shortly after I fell asleep, but in my dream, I'm simply in my bed and falling asleep still, not actually asleep but I really was. Sounds confusing but my mind was tricking itself into thinking I wasn't asleep yet in my nightmares. The scenario would be close to identical to my bedroom, but after having a couple of them, I'd notice small things that were different etc. It'd growl, wait a few seconds, and rush me. My arms would be really heavy and i'd either be frozen while being attacked, maybe able to roll over, or I could barely move an inch. On one occasion it bit me on the finger hard and woke me up but my finger really hurt for a couple of minutes.
It sounds silly and I'd try to psyche myself out while it was happening for a couple of days by telling myself it's just a stupid little dog, but the problem is that you really cant move to defend yourself and you feel scared or paniced. It also has a definite creepy factor because it seems like you're awake, can't move, and there's an entity present that scares you and wants to hurt you.