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How Do I Deal With Confusion Taking Sleeping Pills
Stop: Decision about treatment boils down to weighing risk and benefit. If confusion brings more risk to your life than insomnia, then the logical thing to do is stop these sleeping pills. Biggest problem with confusion is that you are only aware of the tip of the iceberg. Most sleeping pills have significant cognitive impairing next day effects that are detectable by testing. Affecting you silently. ...Read more
Multi-purpose: Like several others - this drug is being used in many cases - the ones you mention are #1 & #2. But anxiety is another and some pain disorders too. I think you are right to have questions. Ask your providers until you feel satisfied about any confusion - also about how long and how hard to stop, interactions and side efx. Best wishes! ...Read more
Yes: Yes, you can discontinue use, but how it's done depends on what you are taking and for how long. It is not recommended to just stop abruptly. You need to be weaned off and monitored for any side effects. ...Read more
See A Sleep Doc: Insomnia is a complex problem. Different factor need to be looked at and evaluated such as environment, medications and sleep hygiene. I avoid using sleeping pills because they're used to cover up symptoms rather than treat the underlying problem. If I do use anything to help patients to reset their sleep cycle, I use Melatonin as a training tool. A sleep specialist can be of great help. ...Read more
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