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Alprazolam For Sleep Aid
Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Antihistamines are not recommended for regular use. Tolerance can develop. Review with your doctor other options. ...Read more
Try other means 1st: The best sleep is natural sleep. If you're having trouble sleeping, try simple changes: don't go to bed if you're not sleepy, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and don't exercise late in the day. Stay off your computer or phone late in the evening; bright screens can interfere with natural sleep cycles. Try meds only under a doctor's care and for occasional, not daily use. Good luck! ...Read more
Periodic insomnia: Melatonin can help with sporadic insomnia. Many conditions can contribute to insomnia. Best idea is to see a psychiatrist to investigate your insomnia and its cause(s). A sleep study may even be needed. Then the best treatment plan can be developed with you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?
Dr prescribed 50mg zoloft (sertraline) for depression, 80 mg propranolol for panic and .5 clonazepam for sleep from insomnia. Not sleeping. What otc sleep aid safe
Take Klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety and sleep,Fetzima for depression,what's an alternative for Klonopin (clonazepam) that I can use,take1mg 1am,1noon,2 bed?
Many alternatives: There are many alternatives, but it depends on why you're looking for an alternative. Is Klonopin (clonazepam) not working? Perhaps the dose in wrong. Are you looking to get off of benzodiazepines (the drug class that Klonopin (clonazepam) is in) altogether? If so, then your doctor should slowly titrate you off the medication (10-25% weekly or biweekly, depending on how long you've been taking) while initiating another med ...Read more
If you have sleep apnea is ativan or klonopin (clonazepam) a better choice for sleep..Right now i take klonopin (clonazepam)....Thoughts on trazadone for sleep..
Insomnia: And apnea are classified in the category of dyssomnias. These are sleep disorders associated with excessive sleepiness as a result of difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep. Treatment for apnea is cpap. Ativan and Klonopin (clonazepam) are the same group (benzos) and equally effective for short term treatment for insomnia. Trazodone is often used for sleep, but can not be effective without depression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Melatonin: Melatonin is a very safe and effective substance for insomnia. We naturally produce melatonin in our pineal gland every evening, because the release is triggered by low light or darkness in the environment. If you are under artificial light, melatonin is produced but not released. Also, it has been found that it is an antitumoral agent. Sometimes melatonin needs higher doses, up to 20 mg is safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benzodiazepines as a: Trratment for sleep apnea are contraindicated because they all, including xanax, (alprazolam) tend to depress our respiratory centers and can be even more depressing and even dangerous in sleep apnea. There are other medications that a physician can use to help sleep problems safely. Over the counter sleep aids when one is on prescription meds should be discussed with the prescribing physician or practitioner. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Not good idea: Sleeping pills should only be taken here and there, now and then, not everyday for weeks/months/years. Sleeping pills should be effective through the night and stop working by morning, which means they should have short half-lives. Diazepam has a 20-100 hour half-life, so it is still in your system all day the next day and is not a good idea as a sleeping pill. ...Read more
I take Ultram for fibro, Zoloft and Xanax (alprazolam) for panic anxiety disorder, and a Ambien at night for sleep is this a safe combo?
Xanax (alprazolam): I don't really recommend short acting benzos like xanax (alprazolam) for panic, they are associated with inter-dose withdrawal, faster tolerance and gradual elevation of baseline anxiety , discuss the issue with your psychiatrist, otherwise the combination is ok. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I wouldn't take it: I bet there are two sides to the story. Some that would rave and others that would tread it with their feet. In your case, when the range of feedback is so conflicting and you cannot really have anyone responsible for whatever may happen to you, i would not experiment. There are so many other natural ways to induce sleep, although, they may not be as effective as prescription type drugs. ...Read more
Eventually: Depending on how long Klonopin (clonazepam) was taken, & at what dose, there may be withdrawal & rebound insomnia when it's stopped. It's usually better to taper off the dose than to stop 'cold turkey'. If the underlying reason for insomnia is still present, it will again disturb sleep after the med is stopped. Otherwise, the rebound insomnia may wear off in about a week (but it varies a lot). ...Read more
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