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Nikolai Says:
 
I have had almost every kind of sedative-hypnotics prescribed to me (Including Doriden, Noludar, Seconal, and Placidyl). Placidyl has a funny, fruit-like odor and taste to it.It was an effective hypnotic for sleep and I didn't wake up with a headache or a "hangover". Placidyl took effect in about 15 minutes and lasted all night long. It not only acted as a hypnotic, but as a sedative too. Eli Lilly&Co. ceased distribution of this drug in the late 1990's.

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Verwon Says:
 
If it was discontinued, there isn't much you can do about it.

http:/­/­www.medschat.com/­wiki/­Placidyl/­

Are you currently trying anything else?

Have you tried any of the Benzodiazepine class of medications, such as Xanax?

http:/­/­www.medschat.com/­wiki/­Xanax/­

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Beentheredonethat Says:
 
Placidyl was one of the most effective sleep aids ever made. Abbott was the company that discontinued it in 1999. If you took one 750 mg.. you were assured sleep in 15 min to 30 min. Yes it was abused........if you took it and tried to stay awake, you had facial numbness and euphoria. If taken properly, I see no way you could get addicted. The first night of treatment was most effective. Second night also effective. But by the third night it starts to lose its efficacy. You have to take more to produce the same effect. If you are too stupid to know you are becoming addicted, after 3 days then you deserve it. My Doctor used to give me a 10 day supply. And I would refill my prescription twice a month at most. Make no mistake, this is a powerful yet effective sleep medication. A shame they took it off the market. You would fall asleep within a half hour at most.

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Dr Joey Says:
 
Actually, Placidyl was one of the few hypnotics I took personally when it was available. However, with chronic insomnia, if the benzodiazepines and the Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta) dfn't work, there still is one barbiturate combination on the market, Tuinal 100mg (50mg of Seconal & 50mg of Amytal). I had serious insomnia during med school and Residencies, so we simply rotated the sleeping pills; generally every couple of weeks. The rule was once I needed the equivalent of 200mg of Seconal, we switched to Noludar-300, Placidyl 500mg-750mg, etc. There are no longer these choices. I have to prescribe doses of Ambien of 30mg along with Trazodone (Desyrel) 150-30mg for serious insomnia. Don't compare Xanax with any of the above; a more equal match would be between The Incredible Hulk and me, a 170#, 5'10" doctor. No benzodiazepine available and prescribed in maximum dose comes close to the hypnotic efficacy of I prescribed Placidyl in the smaller dose (I think it was a 100mg cap, but I wrote for #60 she could take 2 if necessary) because she fell asleep fine, but was awakening at odd hours. Placidyl worked quickly enough and didn't cause a drug hangover. Doriden was also an excellent hypnotic, but very nasty in overdose because OD'd patients can go into Grand Mal seizures along with the usual signs of barbiturate overdose. Every so often, I get a call from a former student who remembered that he saw me manage a Doriden overdose. My gut tells me I was lucky that I didn't lose one or more Doriden ODs. I tried to find the drug, now in Schedule II because my sister reacts paradoxically to barbiturates and hypnotic benzodiazepines. (Why Xanax works fine while one or two 0.25mg Halcion or 100-200mg of Tuinal cause her to act as if she just swallowed a handful of Adderall is a mystery to all her doctors, including me!) We couldn't find it anywhere. I tried promethazine (Phenergan - same stuff in the cough syrups) 25mg tabs (1 or 2 hs) and her regular shrink called and read me the Riot Act. I still think he got promethazine confused with chlorpromazine (Thorazine)! Fortunately, her insomnia resolved with a change of job from Executive Asst. DA to Division Head of the Criminal Division of a large, "white shoe" law firm and something like a 500% salary increase!

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dorothy van duyne Says:
 
I think you meant 500 mg Amytal- it doesn't come in 50 mg dosage.

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