Snooze on the hour

It’s been three days since I Vented on this sleep-disorder thing, which means it’s probably time for an update.

The current nightcap, as it were, is 50 mg doxepin, followed in one hour by 10 mg zolpidem (this is the non-CR version of Ambien). It is knocking me out fairly efficiently. Unfortunately, recovery time is well in excess of the eight hours one might hope for: I’m still befogged after twelve or thirteen, though apparently it’s the doxepin that has the lingering effects and not the zolpidem, since I’m not actually sleepwalking or doing other scary things. I think. One disadvantage of living alone is that there’s no one around to tell you when you’re acting weird. (One advantage of living alone is that there’s no one around to tell you when you’re acting weird.)

I’ve been on a tricyclic antidepressant before, the weirdly-named “Pamelor,” which I always suspected was named after its inventor’s girlfriend. (Hey, it’s no weirder than the relationship of barbiturates to St. Barbara’s Day.) This was in 1988, when I seriously needed antidepressants; in fact, the dose that worked for me was within a grain or two of the level generally considered toxic. It took me about four months to get off that stuff. How long it will take me to get off this stuff remains to be seen, though if I’m still in bad shape by summertime I’m going to have to cancel the World Tour for safety reasons.


  1. Winston »

    26 April 2008 · 6:59 pm

    Cancel WT2008? :-(

    That would be 2 in 3 years that you had to cancel, and I hate that for you, my friend. I realize your path of crumbs would likely not bring you back through Music City again, but there will be sad folks scattered all along this year’s intended parade route, wherever that is.

    I sincerely hope this thing clears up quickly so you can make the tour that has become such a meaningful part of your definition to your admirers out here in Blogville.

  2. McGehee »

    27 April 2008 · 9:40 am

    Maybe find a designated driver…?

  3. McGehee »

    27 April 2008 · 9:43 am

    …or you could arrange for the people you want to visit to come get you at one location, take you to the next, and hand you off to another set of friends for the next leg of the trip.

    I’d hate to see you have to give up what I would regard, for myself if I were in your shoes, as an essential mental-health palliative.

  4. Kirk »

    28 April 2008 · 10:39 am

    I like McGehee’s suggestion: the World Relay, starring Chaz as designated baton! Your theme song could be “(I Get By) With a Little Help from My Friends”.

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