I've had chronic insomnia since age 8. My doctor has had me on tamazepam for several years, and when my resistance to them starts to build up, he switches me to Ambien for a month. Ambien raises my liver enzymes I'm currently on tamazepam, but I need 2 capsules (60) mg. So it's time to switch again. I've researched lorazepam and found that like tamazepam, it does not require hepatic oxidation. I know they come in O.5, 1mg and 2mg doses. My concern is that since I now have to take 60 mg of tamazepam just to get maybe 5 hours sleep, will 2mg of lorazepam be enough. Any info very much appreciated PS: I'm now 59 years old
This is a question to discuss with your prescribing physician. I'm not sure lorazepam will help you sleep if temazepam 60mg isnt doing the job but you can discuss it with your physician. Also as we get older we tend to get less sleep, if you are getting 5 hours of sleep in one block, at age 59, you arent doing too bad really. You might actually talk to your physician about melatonin. It is often the decrease in melatonin as we age that reduces our sleep time. Also be sure NOT to nap at all during the day if you want to sleep in larger blocks of time at night. Late afternoon naps can reduce a person’s ability to sleep through the night, thus potentially worsening insomnia. Have you had sleep studies done recently to be sure it isnt something like sleep apnea occurring to interrupt your sleep patterns? As you get older (after 65) it will become harder for your Dr to continue to prescribe benzodiazepines unfortunately. They are high on the list of meds that are risky to prescribe for adults over 65.
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