I have been taking Lunesta for a while and it's not working anymore. My doctor has also given me Clomazepam to alternate with the Lunesta but neither of them work on their own. Has anybody ever combined the two?
This seems like a very odd approach to me. Clonazepam has a half life of 18 to 50 hours, and Lunesta has a half life of 5 hours. Clonazepam is a med that more often than not utilized as a drug to be taken daily. Due to the long half life, it basically levels out after a period of time, creating a dose slightly higher than what is prescribed due to the build up. Now, regardless if it is taken every other night or not, the night that you take Lunesta you're taking in more medication than the night that you take the Clonazepam, especially if the half life lands around 24 hours. I suppose that the dose of Lunesta could be adjusted for this issue, but still seems a bit strange to me. While Clonazepam is a good med for sleep, it does however seem like an odd choice to take altering with Lunesta.
I guess that the doctor realistically knows a whole lot more about this than I do, and has some sort of strategy in mind that I'm overlooking. The basic problem still remains, and that is the lack of sleep. In the world of medicine, there's a saying "start low, and go slow" meaning increase the dose slowly until you achieve the desired effect. The last thing that you'd want is to be overprescribed any of these meds. I'd simply contact your doctor and just let them know as to the current situation. If you have any questions in regards to the methodology, it would be a good time to ask as well. Best of luck!
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