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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
I'm worried to be addicted to sleeping pills!i stopped taking them since 5 days and didn't sleep since then, what should I do?
This is a question: for a psychiatrist, but generally you shouldn't take two medications that might potentiate each other (1 + 1 = 3). One popular sleeper, Trazodone, is actually an old style antidepressant, which isn't used for anti-depression anymore because its such a good sleeper. But consult with an MD before adding an Ambien, or Lunesta (eszopiclone) or any other OTC sleeper (Melatonin, Valerian Root, etc.) Be careful. ...Read more
You didn't tell us: Which ones. F you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I can't sleep, I have tried taking sleeping pills but the most sleep I get is 4 hrs. Is this the start of something more serious to my health?
I can't sleep without taking at least 3 to 4 sleeping pills, it's my 3rd day without sleeping nw, what should I do to have some sleep without these pills?
Insomnia: Yikes (sorry!) but there's really no reason that you should need 3-4 sleeping pills each night to go to sleep. You've got a long life ahead of you but on sleeping pills? Go see your doc & get referred to sleep specialist to get to bottom of your insomnia. Maybe it's an overactive thyroid, anxiety, heart failure, who knows but get checked out, please. ...Read more
Dangerous: These medications are both in the class of "depressants." they can be extremely dangerous if mixed. ...Read more
Is taking 11 sleeping pills in 5 consecutive nights safe? Thanks. Not being able to sleep from anxiety..
Depends: That sounds excessive but might be ok. I can't really tell without knowing what kind of sleeping pill you took. If it is an over-the-counter agent, most of those have Diphenhydramine as the active ingredient, and the usual dose is 25 mg. 11 of those over 5 days would mean 50 or 75 mg of Diphenhydramine nightly. This is not bad, but you should seek treatment for the underlying anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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