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Re: HALCION-Questions..........Please help if possible » galkeepinon

Posted by cubbybear on July 13, 2003, at 8:18:19

In reply to HALCION-Questions..........Please help if possible, posted by galkeepinon on July 13, 2003, at 0:53:22

Hi-- I wanted to get back to you before you pop just one of those Halcion pills. In many ways, I agree with what Larry said--e.g. some doctors are unnecessarily paranoid about benzos; these meds are important as anxiolytics as well as sleeping aids. However, I know from what has been posted on this board, along with credible charts, and official comparative data on all the benzos that there is a VAST difference between some of them. Halcion has the highest potential for habituation since it has the shortest half-life, and I believe it's not intended for use for more than a few days.

Years ago, I used it on rare occasions to help me sleep (maybe once a month), and it was very effective. I then switched to Xanax, when I discovered that it was effective for insomnia as well as anxiety and panic.
Last year, I was put on Klonopin, another benzo, to help me sleep, and it is rated as even "safer" than Xanax. I've been on it for about a year and am trying to wean off it, but as you can see from my other post, I've been having a tough time getting off it, so even Klonopin has the potential to be tough to quit. That being said, I wouldn't want to be the person who's become stuck on Halcion. This stuff is quite potent. I'd recommend that you talk to your doctor and if you still have insomnia, try switching to something else. . Keep in mind that there is potential for habituation in any benzo for some people, and you won't know it until you decide it's time to try quitting it.





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