... years. would like to give it up. But in a routine at work
Hello easterdaisy. Tad late in a response to your question. Yes Xanax is extremely addictive and as you know from the benzodiazepine family of drugs and are addictive and the longer on them, the more difficult to stop. If you're planning to stop taking it, a slow taper would be the best thing to do, even though your dose is low, your body has become used to the Xanax. For sleeping I suggest Trazodone. Its an antidepressant that more often today is prescribed as a sleep aid. Generally well tolerated, not habit forming in the sense of a benzodiazepine, and upon awakening, little or any drug hang over. Best wishes and hope you manage to get some needed sleep, pledge
Hi again easterdaisy. Trazodone not available in Australia, I'll see if I might beable to find a drug thats similiar to it. I kind of chuckled to myself in a polite way when you mentioned about your friend, gaining the pounds. Oh, I agree fully with you. Theres no doubt in my mind, weight gain has and will most likely always be (my own opinion here) the number one issue when it comes to psychiatric drugs especially the antidepressants and anxiety drugs. There are so many others, but the mainstay, is the issue of weight. I'm not a chemist but it involves the brains neuro transmitters, and its so complex that I'd have to read up on it and would do a lousy poor job in explaining. I take Paxtine the American equivilant, Non generic Remeron. Generic Paroxatine. I use it for my insommnia, a hefty dose, 135mg. And still manage only a broken sleep that adds up to not more than 4 hours tops.
I've suffered from insommnia for some years now and it seems to become worse as I age. Mind you, as we age we require less sleep. The weight issue to taking it and the puffy look you talked about is so very true. It shows up in my face and neck. Its hidden the puffy ness I sport a beard and it hides it well. Mind you, I don't exercise, work out as your friend does, I'm getting up in my years where a walk with our dogs is just that, a casual relaxing stroll that can take me an hour or more. Having said that, its interesting that you're going to moniter your sleep patterns. Good for you, that will be interesting to follow up on. I'll be getting back to you with an alternate to the Trazodone,pledge
Hi easterdaisy. Thats amazing. How you managed to smell the burning home. In a way, it as you just pointed out, not sleeping often, or for long periods of time, or deeply has its plus side. I went through a list of the older hypnotics and truth be told, side effects and becoming addictive. You might try Seroquel. Its an antipsychotic but IS prescribed for people like us, insomniacs. Down side is weight gain. Mirtazapine (Remeron) soley an antidepressant but has been prescribed for insommnia as well. Down side weight gain. On either drug close to 28% of users gained weight. There are the sleeping benzodiazepines(Halcion, Dalmane, Restoril) cousins to Xanax, Valium, klonopin etc but then you'll be back to square one. They do work wonders, but the longer on them, the more difficult a time to stop when its time to do so. There are the otc sleeping aids but do little (for people who suffer from insomnia). They're just as effective as to what the ingredients are inside the drug. Unisom, is one.
easterdaisy, no, I've not used it, meaning Zopiclone. Its not available in the States. All I know is what I read up about it. It seems to be of the opinion that it seems to becoming known as a drug to be lerry of in regards to that it can become addictive. As to insomnia being psychatric related... not a snowball chance in haites. Nothing might be further from the truth. I'm certain that if that were to be law, or gospel, then the psychiatric hospitals, clinics, and private practices would be filled and the waiting list to see a therapist would be a life time. Rotation of drugs, I seriously doubt it. Its been tried I'm certain. For example, rotation of benzodiazepines, be it as you mentioned either Valium or Xanax. One is long, slow acting/lasting, (Valium) the other, short, fast acting/lasting. Both though same family, the benzodiazepine. Similiar to the alcoholic, be it beer, wine, rum, the brain registers one factor, one stimulant and thats alcohol.
Rotating beer on Monday, Gin and tonic on Tuesday, etc. The body craves the alcohol. Regardless of how its being served. Same formula for sleeeping drugs, a hypnotic is just that. Meant to make you sleep. It might take a bit longer, than say the alcoholic but a person will if finding relief, through whatever the pill, brand, will continue to use that particular drug to fall asleep. If and when an immunity is built up by the persons metabolism, the body will tell the mind to find another drug to help and make the person sleep. Generally once people find relief, they'll be staying with does the job. pledge
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