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A 27-year-old male asked:

been on different benzos for 5 years now. recently clonzepam and restoril (temazepam) don't work anymore. could i have developed resistance? would that explain my extreme insomnia?

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Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Anxiety: IT is possible but maybe the medicine regimen isn't the right one. I would check some blood work as well. See your doctor asap
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Depends: A lot would depend on the dosage and sequence of medications. Yes, you can develop " tolerance " There is also the possibility that this is not simply a medication issue . There may be important psychological issues that contributing to your insomnia and other symptoms . All this should be discussed with your psychiatrist.
Dr. Yucui Chen
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Unfortunately: All of the benzodiazepines have problems with tolerance which is what you are experiencing. I would suggesting you to go to your prescribing doctor and request to be tapered off clonazepam and restoril and go to a sleep study to see the root casue. Some non-benzo hypnotics available now are pretty effective as well.

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