Pharmacy/lunesta

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dr galbraith,im 79 years old and have hypertension,diabetes and irregular heatbeat,for which i take pradaxa.all are in good control.for sleep i take lunesta 2mg and 2mg xanax.next day i cant keep awake and nod off for a nap frequenty.i read side effects and lunesta says it can cause drownisess well into next day.i stopped lunesta and take 15mg remeron with xanax.seems to make me much less sleepy then lunesta.i have moderate kidney impairment at age 79.is remeron safe with moderate kidney function 15mg

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Dear Howard

You have asked almost exactly this same question before in 2011. Lunesta can cause drowsiness but not all that common. It could also be your age, persons as they get older frequently nap especially if unoccupied.

By all means try Remeron but according to your many questions on this subject you have tried it before and it is OK on the kidneys.

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Alan Galbraith

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Dr Alan Galbraith

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I can answer most questions on most drugs. Answers can be given in either technical or layperson terminology. My main areas of interest are psychiatric, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular drugs.

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I have been a university lecturer/head of department for almost thirty years, but am now retired. My research interests were alcohol, smoking and cardiovascular disease.

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Institute of Biology, London.


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Author of "Fundamentals of Pharmacology" 5th Edition published in November 2007 by Pearson Education, Australia.

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BSc(Hons);MSc;PhD;MIBiol; Cert Biol; HECert

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