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Why don't benzos help me get to sleep?

Posted by jerrympls on March 24, 2005, at 19:52:28

I suppose it's because of tolerance over the years - but I don't ever feel sedated from benzodiazapines. I'm having a horrific time with insomnia - and have for many years. I've been on 50-150mg of Seroquel for the past few years for sleep. The problem is that it works too well - I sleep through my alarms and sometimes sleep away the weekend. Ambien used to work beautifully too- but I guess I've grown tolerant to it too over the years.

The problem now is that I'm in danger of losing my job because of my problems getting to work on time and because I miss many days because I'm so hung over from the Seroquel. Yes, I've tried lower dosages - taken earlier in the evening, etc. The problem is that it's really hard to GET to sleep.

Anyway, so I saw my doc today and said "Listen, I'm in danger of being fired and I want to be off of the Seroquel." He didn't seem too concerned and said "Well, I don't know what to try." I've been on Trazadone - but it compares to Seroquel for me.

Long story short - he said - "Well, if this is an emergency then I can give you a 2 week Rx for 2-3mg of Ativan to take at bedtime." I finally just said OK. It's weird because he knows benzos don't put me to sleep and he knows I've had 13 years of chronic insomnia.

I guess I'm off topic with all of this - but am I doomed because I'm tolerant to benzos? I have a friend who falls asleep with 1mg of Xanax. I really DO NOT want to be dependant on meds to get to sleep - but I've tried everything.

I'm so frustrated.....





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