My Doxepin story, part 1
After downloading and reading the 2010 article 'Low-Dose Doxepin In the Treatment of Insomnia' from PubMed, I went to my physician - with a print of the article. We discussed it, but when he found out that I wake up several times each night to pee (I am 64), he prescribed Tamsulosine 0,4 mg Ranbaxy. It worked: since then I only had to pee once per night, around 5 o'clock. But, just as before, I was wide awake after 5 o'clock. My nights were still not longer then 5,5 to 6 hours. There was another problem, a side effect: I felt drowsy the whole day. This side effect is not mentioned in the leaflet, but when I stopped after 3 weeks of use, it clearly vanished.
Some days later I went to my physician again, told him my experiences and now he was willing to prescribe Doxepin 3 mg. Then he found that Doxepin is only available in 10 mg capsules, which I don't want to take. He mentioned a Dutch pharmacy which does 'tapering', which means that they make pills in smaller doses than normally available. I asked them if they are willing to deliver Doxepin 3 mg. Waiting for an answer.
However, in the meantime, weeks ago, the evening that my physician prescribed the Tamsulosine, I ordered 30 capsules of 10 mg Doxepin from a webshop. I was eagerly waiting for those pills. Three weeks later I received a letter that the Dutch customs had destroyed them, as Doxepin is available on prescription only in the Netherlands. With some hesitation I sent the web shop an email and told them that they had sent the order packaged wrongly, and that they should resend it in a normal, plain envelope. To my astonishment and pride they did what I asked, and three days ago I received the pills.
Then came the problem how to obtain a capsule filled with 3 mg instead of 10 mg. I imagined making a line of cocaine (which I have snored a few times, long ago, but I have never made one of those lines myself). I cleaned a part of our stone countertop, took a fresh Stanley cutter blade, cleaned that too, and a piece of paper. With some effort I was able to open one capsule, and poured the content, a white powder, on the countertop. It's much more then I would have thought. My physician had warned me not to do this myself, as the content might not be mixed well. So I mixed the powder for a while with the blade, and then tried to make a neat line of the powder. Easier said than done. I was able to get a reasonably even line of powder, approximately 10 cm long, 4 mm wide and 3 mm high. I divided it in three even parts, again, as good as I could, and put one part on a small piece of paper, which I had folded beforehand. Using that as funnel I was able to get the powder back into the capsule.
That night I woke up several times to pee, and also around 5 o'clock, but slept till seven! Almost 8 hours! However, I felt drowsy the rest of the day, which I don't like at all. Yesterday I stayed clean, but tonight I will take another Doxepin 3mg.
That's it for now.