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Now take 15mg/night for sleep. Anyone with experience weaning off this?
Hi, @stulerner – just confirming what insomnia medication you are inquiring about weaning off?
Want to wean off Temazepam, altho it works. I'm looking for ideas anyone has about falling/staying asleep
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Thanks for the further information that you are looking to wean off of temazepam (restoril), @stulerner.
I'd like to introduce you to some Connect members who have mentioned this medication, like @china @kc9djn @hoagie6 @linda66 @jackieg for any input on a taper off of it and any ideas they may have about falling/staying asleep. @contentandwell @tuti @sleepy0 @gaylea1 also may have some thoughts for you.
Here is some information Mayo Clinic provides on this medication https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/temazepam-oral-route/description/drg-20072162.
Are some of the side effects mentioned here your primary concern, or keeping this a short-term insomnia therapy, or something else? Has your doctor suggested a schedule for weaning off?
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@lisalucier @stulerner I have taken lorazepam, but I get 10 pills a year from my PCP, of the lowest dose and only use them when my mind is really whirling around, such as when I have a very busy day the next day, or am traveling the next day. On a more regular basis I do use 3 mg of melatonin, but that too is only occasional and I'm not really sure that it helps. I also use, occasionally, a half of a Benadryl tablet. That definitely helps me to fall asleep but I think it's less restful sleep.
I have tried a lavender spray on my pillow, and one that is a facial spray but that has not helped. Maybe my sense of smell isn't good enough for it. I have also tried drinking chamomile tea before bed.
I try all of these things but the only two that I know for sure work are the lorazepam and the Benedryl. I use the others but often think they are not really helping, but I figure maybe falling asleep would be more difficult without them.
I hope you can find something that will help you, and if you do please let me know what it is. I really do not like taking lorazepam because it is habit forming so I would not want to take it regularly, and my PCP would not give it to me in a larger quantity because he is a gnat about drugs.
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I started taking Temazepam a year ago. But it is addicting. I am going to try tapering it off. I now take 25 mg, but that is only good for half the night.
I don't have trouble falling asleep, but stating asleep. I disoveredmy own technique for getting back to sleep. I take hot shower. As hot as I can stand it for about 1-2 minutes. I dry off in the shower so I don't get chilled. Then I go into my bedroom where I have a heavy tray robe,,so I don't have to spend too much time drying off. I get into bed and then put a small towel in my crotch (much faster than trying to dry it regular way. Climb into bed and make sure I'm covered with warm blankets. I don't know why this works but it does. I think CBTherapy is nothing more than self-hypnosis, which does not work. I read today being properly hydrated helps to get to sleep, but drink during the day so you don't have to get up much to pee. Good luck
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A caveat to my previous response – I took a half of a Benadryl last night because I was getting to bed a little late, close to midnight, and I really needed to sleep so I could get up and go to my 9:00 water aerobics class. Be cautious of taking Benadryl if you do not have a good 8 hours or more before you have to do anything. I got up, had my breakfast and was going to get ready to leave but I just realized I was too woozy to trust myself to drive to class. It's about 20 minutes away. Also, when I take Benadryl I do have a minor headache in the morning. It's not a bad headache, and it goes away, but it is there. I tend to be headache prone and used to be a migraine sufferer prior to menopause so that may not be an effect that everyone would have.
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