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Re: anyone on midazolam? LOOPS

Posted by chemist on April 21, 2004, at 13:10:20

In reply to Re: anyone on midazolam?, posted by LOOPS on April 21, 2004, at 10:33:53

> Hi -
>
> yes I live in Chile. My doc who is S African first gave me zolpidem because I was playing in a band at night and couldn't sleep during the day. I only took it occasionally, but found it wasn't enough. Anyway I just put up with not getting enough sleep, and trying to get the band to play earlier! Haha, that was a waste of time!
>
> Anyway I went on 5htp for awhile and found it helped a little, that and valerian, for sleeping at night. When I awoke far too early, I would pop another valerian, and wait 2 hours to go into sleepland again. My husband's an astronomer and has severe allergies, so you can imagine our lifestyle isn't very regular or peaceful at night.
>
> So, then I started on St Johns Wort as I was very depressed at this time. This gave me awful, I mean the worst insomnia ever, but worked as an anti-depressant. Whilst on this, I could survive on about 3 hours of sleep all week, but I hated not sleeping. Nothing worked - valerian mega-doses, kava, you name it. So desperately I went back to doc, said I wanted to continue with SJW as it was the only thing working for depression and NO WAY was I going on regular SSRIs (tried I think it's wellbutrin for smoking before and BAM, no sleep for 2 weeks). Came off this and started smoking again of course.
>
> Anyway, I said to the doc, I need something heavier for emergencies. I said I know about the dangers of benzos, and I don't want to have to take them, but this is dire. My doc is very pill happy, but is also herbal happy, so she understood about the SJW. She said to take the midazolam, and that I should take it every night (I was thinking no, but there we go).
>
> The Midazolam really worked. Too well in fact, which I recognized at once. It knocked me out, and when I woke up, I had no 'hangover', and could immediately get up. What a pain it is a benzo! I didn't take it as she prescribed (one whole pill every night - she gave me two big packets of the things) - I was too terrified.
>
> No I never mix midazolam with anything. Once I took some kava, and then woke up very upset and took some ambien, forgetting to not mix them. Man I had the king of hangovers the next morning. I was VERY irritable and didn't feel right for half the day. However once by accident I mixed valerian and 1/2 zolpidem (separate - 4 hours apart I think) with no problems. Just seems to be the kava.
>
> Loops

hi loops, seems like a lot of things in your system! if the midazolam helps, so be it...still, i'd give triazolam a shot, just because it's a little easier on the brain than midazolam...but then again, if it's doing the job, so be it....all the best, chemist


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