Evidently the reason I was not getting good results with the Zelepar was due to the strep infection. (I did get a refill on the antibiotic, so my throat continues to improve.) This time, my walking is quite normal, and so is my balance. I am taking the second dose earlier than I did last time, as I think it was one of the factors that was keeping me from sleeping. So this has been a pleasant surprise, and a welcome result.
As for sleeping, that’s been, shall we say, interesting? My Neurologist did not want me to stay on the Ambien CR continuously, although he did refill the prescription. So, I figured I’d better find some other way to get some sleep. It wasn’t working all that great any more, anyway.
Daddy has been taking one or two Tylenol PM for years, so I figured I’d give it a try. I tried two pills for two nights, then cut back to one pill. I was still waking up after a few hours, but went back to sleep quicker. I was getting more hours sleep with the Tylenol than I had been recently with the prescription for Ambien. Go figure. But, I felt drugged for several hours in the morning.
Time to try something else, right? I figured it was time I found out just how much sleep I would get without any sleep aid. The first night I got very little sleep, and wasn’t even sleepy the next day. But after that first night, I’ve been sleeping just about as much as I did with the Ambien. So, I’m just going to do without, saving the Ambien CR for special situations. That way, maybe I’ll get the longer sleep time, the way I did the first few nights I took it.