Family Member Story
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I am writing this to explain my experience with the medication Prazosin. I am an American Gold Star Mother who lost my son to the "invisible wounds of war".... Suicide. A lot of mistakes were made from the time they gave my son back the gun after having it to his head to the day they came and told me he had died from multiple gun fire...then came later and said suicide. Not trusting them, I knew I had to see for myself and in my head that meant autopsy pictures. Against the advice of my therapist, I looked at my son's autopsy pictures from beginning to end. Woke up screaming that night and every night I slept. Every time I slept I would see my son in an autopsy table getting cut up. I became sleep deprived not wanting to sleep and ended up in the emergency room many times. I was put on sleeping pills but I was like a "Freddie Kruger" movie. The sleeping pills kept me locked in my nightmares and I wasn't having that. Finally, my physiatrist suggested Prazosin along with the sleep meds. He explained how Prazosin works... I was still leery but tried it. Once they got the level right, oh my goodness...a MIRACLE. NO MORE NIGHTMARES!!! If I dreamt, I didn't know or remember it!!! No more being locked in my nightmares...No more nightmares. I did stop taking Prazosin thinking the nightmares were gone but they came back so I went back on the Prazosin. The nightmares stopped. This is a miracle drug in my book. It really does what it's supposed to do. My psychiatrist said they use to for soldiers and I understand why... I just wish it available and given to my son.