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Is it bad to take sleeping pills every night for over a year?

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smileyhappy 20 May 2013

Hi Acowboy,

I would think it depends on the sleeping pill. I have been on Trazodone for 6 years but I also weaned myself off and only use it when needed now. My dose was higher when I had a major depression but now very low dose because I'm going through menopause.

Hope this helps answer your question.

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brawding 5 June 2015

Hello, smileyhappy.

How many mg are you taking for your low dose?

smileyhappy 5 June 2015

I went down 25 mgs of trazodone a week until I was comfortable with the dose to slerp. Now ive been off for a year. No need anymore.

brawding 6 June 2015

Thank you, Smileyhappy.

smileyhappy 6 June 2015

Your welcome! :)

kathyhanson 19 May 2013

I have been taking estazolam, a benzo, for 9 years after developing cancer. I started at 2mg at bedtime and 4 years ago backed off to 1mg. Some of us just cannot sleep without a sleeping pill. Of course, you can become dependent on these meds, both psychologically and physically. The lower the dose and the longer you stay at that dose, the better. Treating insomnia is not a bad thing. Your body needs sleep.
Best regards,

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happybrandee 19 May 2013

Well, it depends on what sleeping pill that you are taking. If you are taking something that is highly addictive/habit forming, then that could be a problem because, after a year of taking it every night, you could have some pretty bad withdrawal if you try to stop taking it cold turkey without the help of a doctor or rehab.
This is a question that, if I were you, I would ask my doctor or pharmacist. They are the best ones to answer this question for you because they know the medication that you are on and they can tell you what it could do to you taking it for a year straight.
I hope everything works out.
Good Luck and take care!!

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Inactive 17 May 2013

I have been on Ambien for over 10 yrs. Sometimes now it does not work. I had to start using sleeping medicine after I had cancer in 1999. If I don't take anything, I am awake all night. We do what we have to do. You are not bad for doing this.

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Inactive 17 May 2013

Hello acowboy. Most all sleeping drugs are used for the short term. Whatever the category of the drug, in as much as hypnotics when taken long term, fail eventually to help one get a sound nights sleep. It is the nature of the beast so to speak as there is no "cure" to date for insomnia and the various sleeping disorders that can attribute to sleeping. (I am in my eighties and an insomniac) and can certainly attest to the long term use of the various sleep aids. Regards pledge

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kaismama 17 May 2013

It depends what they are. Its not a good idea if you haven't figured out why you aren't sleeping but some people just are not going to sleep without them. Going without sleep can do physical harm to your body.

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