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Re: Sleep Problems, Klonopin, and Pregnancy

Posted by Guy on July 19, 2004, at 14:17:55

In reply to Sleep Problems, Klonopin, and Pregnancy, posted by traveler on July 19, 2004, at 11:22:06

Taking pills does not cure sleep problems so don't expect the situation to have changed over the past few months. Also, you are going to experience some rebound insomnia which could be worse than the insomnia you had originally. It takes courage and determination to discontinue sleep meds, but it can be done. Even if your sleep deteriorates even further, try to accept that and not panic. (I have gone days without any sleep at all!) When you have been off all meds for a couple of weeks, your sleep patterns will return to "normal," at which time you could try non-drug therapy (i.e. sleep restriction) if you still have a problem. If you have a really hard time discontinuing the clonazepam, talk to your doc about using small doses of Remeron (7.5 mg) in place of the clonazepam. I have found the AD Remeron easier to step off of than the clonazepam. Finally, do not try to chase sleep as that will cause anxiety and frustration and keep you awake. If you can't sleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy. It is important to focus on relaxation. If you relax enough, you will go to sleep. Good luck to you.




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