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What's your opinion on taking a long acting benzodiazepine bid, in combination with a very short acting one (Xanax, Ativan) prn? I've been on Xanax 2m

What's your opinion on taking a long acting benzodiazepine bid, in combination with a very short acting one (Xanax, Ativan) prn? I've been on Xanax 2m

Not a good idea: The benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Ativan are addicting. I suggest you speak with your prescriber about alternatives such as behavioral therapy, alternative anxiety meds and serotonergic meds. ...Read more

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What's worse for sleep and has a more negative effect on sleep, alcohol or benzodiazepines?

What's worse for sleep and has a more negative effect on sleep, alcohol or benzodiazepines?

Probably alcohol: Alcohol definitely disrupts sleep cycle, plus has many other potentially problematic effects on the body. Especially when used chronically benzodiazepines can interfere with deep restorative sleep. So while both can be problematic, i agree with dr. Amawi about alcohol being the worst troublemaker for sleep. ...Read more

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Can benzodiazepines cause sleep apnea?

Can benzodiazepines cause sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: NO THEY MAY WORSEN IT: OSA can be suggested with underling obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.VS HYOID SUSPENSION . ...Read more

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Do benzodiazepines disrupt sleep quality and sleep architecture to the same degree as alcohol?

Do benzodiazepines disrupt sleep quality and sleep architecture to the same degree as alcohol?

No: Alcohol puts you to sleep and increases slow wave sleep then awakens you about 4 hours later and you do not sleep well and becomes disruptive to sleep and the sleep is non restorative .Benzodiazepines increase stages 1&2 and decrease slow wave or stage 3 sleep. It is also not restorative sleep and has been shown in ICU patients to contribute to sleep deficit and delirium. ...Read more

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Can someone with sleep apnea take a benzodiazepine such as xanax (alprazolam)?

Can someone with sleep apnea take a benzodiazepine such as xanax (alprazolam)?

Advise against it: In general narcotics, benzos or any sedating medications will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Unless you're in a controlled and monitored setting like the hospital, I would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Which benzodiazepine drug is be most effective as a sleeping tablet, chlordiazepoxide or diazepam?

Which benzodiazepine drug is be most effective as a sleeping tablet, chlordiazepoxide or diazepam?

Neither is/are safe: Chlordiazepoxide (librium) has a half-life of 5-30hrs w/active metabolites staying in your system 3-200hrs! diazepam (valium) has a half-life of 30-60hrs w/active metabolites staying in your system 30-100hrs. Neither are indicated (approved) for use in insomnia. All benzo & other non-benzo sedative-hypnotics are associated w/increase risk of injuries & even mortality. http://bit.ly/kbqlwd. ...Read more

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Possible that gf's 2mg clonazepam dosage for sleep could be having her feeling less anxious during day, or placebo? Already understands risks of benzodiazepines for sleep, so please avoid such warnings

Possible that gf's 2mg clonazepam dosage for sleep could be having her feeling less anxious during day, or placebo? Already understands risks of benzodiazepines for sleep, so please avoid such warnings

Not placebo: Clonazepam has a long half life, so it would certainly still be present during the daytime with all it's properties . Since it is a very potent anxiolytic, it may be calming anxiety in the daytime also. Sorry you don't like our warnings -- they are there for your benefit. ...Read more

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I seem to have a bad reaction to meds like ambien, gabapentin, and most if not all benzodiazepine's. The only meds that have ever calmed me down consistantly so i can get some sleep have been pain killers. I have a script for hydrcodones for several badl

I  seem to have a bad reaction to meds like ambien, gabapentin, and most if not all benzodiazepine's. The only meds that have ever calmed me down consistantly so i can get some sleep have been pain killers. I have a script for hydrcodones for several badl

Wrong use for opiate: Your question, if there was one, seems to have been cut off. But it appears you might have been leading to the idea of using hydrocodone for sleep, due to "bad reactions" to other medications. Please work with your own physician on this problem -- you may need a sleep study to discern what's happening. If you're using hydrocodone for sleep you may have dependency on opiates. ...Read more

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Taking 1/2 Soma at night for sleep/muscle spasms. Looking for shorter-acting muscle relax. That won't change natural sleep architecture.Tried flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?

Taking 1/2 Soma at night for sleep/muscle spasms. Looking for shorter-acting muscle relax. That won't change natural sleep architecture.Tried flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?

Talk to your PCP: There are other frequently prescribed muscle relaxants including Flexeril and skelaxin (metaxalone). I generally prefer skelaxin (metaxalone) as it is better tolerated while Flexeril tends to be overly sedating. You should discuss with your primary care physician which medication is right for you. ...Read more

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Any cures for people who act out their dreams, i.E. Punching in their sleep?

Any cures for people who act out their dreams, i.E. Punching in their sleep?

Need a sleep md: Acting out dreams could be a manifestation of rem behavior disorder. Other sleep disorders can also cause acting out dreams and violet behavior. Depending on the cause dictates treatment. Classically Clonazepam is used. ...Read more

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My five year old having violent nightmares, acting violently at school, and not sleeping. Is this just normal?

My five year old having violent nightmares, acting violently at school, and not sleeping. Is this just normal?

Not normal: I would encourage you to have your child seen by his/her pediatrician. The pediatrician can evaluate to see if further referrals are indicated. ...Read more

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On provigil is sleep drunkenness when you wakeup b4 your normal hrs sleep & only "wake" at certain time? Til then acting as in a fog?

Sleep drunkeness: This is roughly the feeling when you awake that you are "hung over" and it doesn't matter if you wake in morning or after a nap. It is "nonrestorative waking." Provigil tries to keep brain awake but will not likely affect whether you will have this feeling. What does help is timing of your wake-ups and avoiding waking up during deep sleep periods. So during the day, shorter napping. ...Read more

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What to do if I have noticed a pattern for a long time now: my allergies act out bad when i sleep late in the morning. Its socorrelation?

What to do if I have noticed a pattern for a long time now: my allergies act out bad when i sleep late in the morning. Its socorrelation?

Possible: I don't know what kind of allerigies you suffer from, but possibly dust mite allergies is what you have, with prolonged exposure to dust mites in your pillows / mattress, better see an allergist for management, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area ...Read more

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Is there anyway you can get put under/to sleep before a Chalazion operation? I can not handle injections. I have Trypanophobia.I can act irrational.

Is there anyway you can get put under/to sleep before a Chalazion operation? I can not handle injections. I have Trypanophobia.I can act irrational.

Discuss w/ Doctor: Before you set up thje schedule for the procedure (or others in your future), discuss all your issues w/ the doctor involved. Unless/until you can reach a plan, don't move ahead - especially if it is an elective procedure. I expect they'll have a plan for your case. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How can I get sleep when acting as a caregiver?

How can I get sleep when acting as a caregiver?

Respite: That is very difficult to answer without knowing your exact circumstances or those of the person you're caring for. If you are on the verge of burnout, however, bringing someone into the home to provide respite services while you sleep would be advisable. ...Read more

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What can be done to not feel tired and act weird in the morning after no sleep?

What can be done to not feel tired and act weird in the morning after no sleep?

YOU NEED SLEEP.: Don't go without sleep (unless absolutely impossible to avoid). We need to take good care of our bodies. ...Read more

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What can you do to not feel tired and act weird in the morning after having no sleep?

Nothing really: Your best bet is to fix the problem: get enough sleep. If you can't, you're stuck with using caffeine and napping. There's not a magic bullet to fix insufficient sleep other than get enough sleep. ...Read more

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