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Re: Xanax/benzos and sleep

Posted by sregan on October 30, 2006, at 16:21:32

In reply to Re: Im scared of benzo drugs » kiwiredbeach, posted by Racer on October 28, 2006, at 14:34:00

> That said, I've taken benzos for sleep a few times, and taken them daily for sleep for more than 30 days at a time. After nearly six months taken up to 4mg of Xanax to sleep, I had some withdrawal issues. After six weeks of taking 1mg of Xanax every single night, I had a night of moderate insomnia. (Even that one night was partly situational, by the way. The same events that led to the insomnia the Xanax was supposed to help with, also led to at least half of that one night of moderate insomnia.) There were no other after effects to stopping it.

I've found Klonopin to be much better for sleep because it lasts longer. With Xanax I think you get the benefit for 4-8 hours but if you don't keep taking it regularly you experience withdrawl. So evry day you can see benefit-withdrawl.

I've weened myself off Klonopin after a year stepping down doseage slightly every few days. On that step down night I wake around 3 or so and don't sleep as good. The next night is better at the same dose and better, etc.

So I find the only thing keeping me on the Klonopin was the Klonopin. I can sleep without it just fine after stepping down slowly. Whever I tried to just not take it I had a horrible night and assumed I needed it.





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