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taking 5mg ambian for 20 years can melatonin help to ween me off
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I find Ambien 5 milligrams is the least harmful way to fall asleep and at 70 I’m not worried about being addicted. If it’s not one thing, it’s another!
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Thank you Lisa.
I was able to wean off the Ambien pretty easily, but traded the witch for the devil by doing so. Had to depend on benzos for sleep. I actually think I should have tried it the other way around. Anything has to be better than weaning off benzos. Wouldn't recommend them to anyone for anything, except in very extrememe anxiety disorders.
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A friend of mine has been doing benzo's for a long time….he is mid 60's and literally can't get off of them. He can't sleep. He use to do ambien and was fine. He lives around finding his script or he is going to have a heart attack
I think until your friend makes a conscious decision to stop these meds or the doctor puts a stop to it there is little that can be done.
I do believe there are better sleep aids than Benzodiazepines in my opinion anyway. I told my doctor after getting of Klonopin when she tried to give me another Benzo drug “If your so fond of them you take them. Benzodiazepines are the drug of choice but it depends on how you take most drugs as to how safe they will be. Your friend shouldn’t rely on any medication to sleep on a nighty basis. There are other things that aid sleep.
No cell phone use
No computer use
Sleep in a cool room with fresh air
Get plenty of light during the day to help your body efficiently use Melatonin
No caffeine at least 4hrs before bed
Go to bed and get up at the same time
cognitive behavioral therapy.
I hope your friend can get off these meds and rely on his own body to do what it can do better than these drugs given the chance. But his body needs help. If he needs to do things that are conducive to sleep. We tend to take advantage of our bodies and expect it to function perfectly when we abuse it. Ain’t Hanna happen I’m afraid.
Good luck to your friend,
@jakedduck1 – Hi. FYI – after using Ambien (5 mg) and Xanax (.25] religiously for many years, I made a decision to wean myself from these drugs. You may read my journey on this blog. I worked with a cognitive behavioral sleep therapist for 5 months. I practiced all the aids you mentioned. Bottom line, I now take 37 mg Trazodone nightly and sleep pretty well. My PCP is thrilled that I am off the other meds. Without this amount of Trazodone, I spent weeks sleep deprived. Understand, not everyone can sleep without some help, even practicing all you suggested. Trazodone seems to be the drug of choice of many psychiatrists.
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I agree many have sleep issues but I believe there are reasons people can’t sleep and those issues need to be addressed. Trazodone is a good choice if someone is depressed or has anxiety problems. To often doctors don’t investigate the reason for sleeplessness. I hope your being treated for the actual reason why your having these issues.
@jakedduck1 I am not depressed or have anxiety issues. My sleep therapist and PCP agree that some people are miserable sleepers and that Trazodone is their drug of choice for me.
I hope you sleep like a baby every night!!!!!
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