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Re: ambien, celexa, xanax

Posted by Torrey on March 15, 1999, at 17:57:49

In reply to ambien, celexa, xanax, posted by Donut on March 6, 1999, at 15:58:35

I have also had much trouble with insomnia, and with getting off Xanax. With the latter, it has been helpful to switch to Valium, and slowly taper that off. As Valium is *much* longer-acting than Xanax, it does not have such a vicious withdrawal. Even after your last dose, the active metabolites of the Valium will have some effect for several days.

As an alternative to medication, I have found some herbs and supplements that *usually* work well enough for me to sleep. I take some liquid extract of Valerian and Kava Kava, along with Melatonin and Tryptophan. You will need a prescription for Tryptophan, but the others are available in natural food stores. Since you are on medication, be sure to discuss with your doctor before you try these things!


>I have always had a sleep problem and have taken ambien for a number of years, but kept increasing dose on my own and seeing various doctors to get it. Now I want to stop. Anyone have any ideas. I also take xanax for anxiety and have increased dose of that to help sleep. Obviously, I need to stop self medicating. BUT HOW?? Anyone with similar experiences would be helpful to me. Thanks




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