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Re: Xanax to Ristoril? ed_uk

Posted by Simus on April 21, 2005, at 11:11:33

In reply to Re: Xanax to Ristoril? Simus, posted by ed_uk on April 21, 2005, at 10:33:15

> I'm not sure what country you live in.


I'm in the United States.


> If you live in a country where zopiclone is available, you could try taking 7.5mg zopiclone. Once you were on the zopiclone you might find it easier to taper off the Xanax.

> If you live in the US you could consider trying Lunesta. Although Lunesta has only recently been made available, it is very similar to zopiclone- a drug which has been used in many countries since the 1980s. Lunesta has a longer duration of action than Ambien, it may be more effective at keeping you asleep. I expect you would need 3mg.


My pdoc didn't want to prescribe Ambien because of the Xanax--probably concerned about being dependant on two drugs instead of one. Do you know if Lunesta is in the same class of drugs as Ambien?

> Since you have developed tolerance to Xanax, I doubt that Restoril would be particularly effective.


Good point.


> Certain antidepressants are also often prescribed as 'sleep aids'- have you tried this approach???


Sadly, yes. 10 years worth of ADs. I would rather have the insomnia. LOL I do eventually get sleep now, even if it is in 2-3 short sleep sessions throughout the day. I can survive like this, but I want to be one of the "normal" sleepers again...

Thanks for your ideas. The Lunesta sounds like a definite option.

Simus


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