A 31-year-old female asked:
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i'm having trouble sleeping at night and i'm filled with high anxiety. i'm going to ask my psychiatrist for something that will help. oxazepam?

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Dr. Mohammed Younus
30 years experience Psychiatry
Treat the cause: Oxazepam a medium half life benzodiazepine is known for slow onset of action and is not good for sleep induction but rather for people who get up in middle of night. It is better to treat the cause for sleep trouble like anxiety and mood issues rather than symptom. Benzodiazepines are notoriously habit forming and addictive, it is better to stay away from. Try non habit forming med like silenor.
Answered on Feb 9, 2017
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Dr. Laura Davies
23 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep hygiene: Sleep medicine should be your last resort. Start with regular exercise, eating right, and no caffeine after lunch. Also-- go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. If you are still having trouble, then, if you have a psychiatrist, he or she will know what is the best option for you, especially if you are taking other medications.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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I don't necessarily agree. In patients with significant anxiety , sleep hygiene is often inadequate and when used as an initial treatment it can prolong their suffering and increase their disability. Sleep deprivation is dangerous and impairs higher executive processing. A short treatment with safe medications while the primary condition is treated is best. Sleep hygiene can then follow.
Aug 19, 2013
Dr. Bassam Amawi
48 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep Hygene is the safest approach
Jan 2, 2013
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Tailor-made treatmen: I think your own psychiatrist will counsel and discuss with you risks, benefits, side effects and alternative treatments. Good luck to you as your symptoms come under your control.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Ravi Chand
25 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep: R.O causes and treat anxiety ambien like meds can help cbti is best for insomnia.
Answered on Sep 27, 2013

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