Some even believe that William Shakespeare was an insomniac, writing as vividly as he did about sleeplessness, tossing and turning, and sleepwalking in plays like One option today's insomniacs have that Shakespeare didn't, of course, is the sleeping pill. Over the last 10 to 15 years, the market has been inundated with new and improved sleep medications -- ones that don’t come with the same degree of hangovers, side effects, and risk of dependency that previous sleep drugs did. But that doesn’t mean they’re risk-free, or ideal for everyone who has problems getting a solid forty winks. you sleep, altering your actual "sleep architecture," says Donna Arand, Ph D, clinical director of the Kettering Sleep Disorders Center in Kettering, Ohio. "They tend to decrease the amount of time spent in certain stages of sleep, particularly stages three and four (the deepest, most restful stages of sleep)," says Arand, who serves on the boards of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Insomnia Association. "People also complained of hangover effects from these medications." That's because they tend to have a longer "half-life," which is the length of time the drug stays in your body. Non-benzodiazepine hypnotics like Ambien, Ambien CR, Rozerem, Sonata, and Lunesta, however, share key advantages over previous generations of sleep drugs: Why? I have been taking .5mg of Xanax in the evening for sleep. I had tried various prescription sleep aids with no results. .5mg of xanax is a very small dose (if you are only taking it once a day), so you should have little if any problems with withdrawal effects - especially if you are tapering. My doctor has put me on Lexapro and told to ween off of the Xanax. if trouble sleeping still occurs when the lexapro kicks in, you might want to consider an exercise plan (if you don't routinely exercise already). I just reduced dosage to half a pill and had no side effects...thank goodness. a good 20-30 walk / run 3 times a week has practically cured my sleeping troubles. Like mjbrown said, since you are on a very small dose you should not have a problem. I am saying this from experience that the withdrawals from long term usage are horrendous! I wish I had never started taking it, but I have panic disorder and when you are in the midst of a full blown panic attack nothing else seems to matter but getting out of the way it make you fell, like your dying. So i kept taking the xanax and years later i have to deal with trying to get out of this mess. The best time to probably ween off them is at night.
However, it is not a first line treatment since the development of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Alprazolam is no longer recommended in Australia for the treatment of panic disorder due to concerns regarding tolerance, dependence, and abuse. Most evidence shows that the benefits of alprazolam in treating panic disorder last only 4 to 10 weeks. However, people with panic disorder have been treated on an open basis for up to 8 months without apparent loss of benefit. In the US, alprazolam is FDA-approved for the management of anxiety disorders (a condition corresponding most closely to the APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder) or the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety. In the UK, alprazolam is recommended for the short-term treatment (2–4 weeks) of severe acute anxiety. Benzodiazepines require special precaution if used in children and in alcohol- or drug-dependent individuals. Has anyone here taken a low does (.25mg) at night for anxiety and/or sleeping? I was give a .05mg to take at night for anxiety and was told it would help with me sleep also (I have trouble with constantly waking up a few times a night for years now). Some people interpret this as "oh no, it's not working, i better up the dose"... One night I took a whole .05mg and couldn't believe how zonked out I was. I have been on and off Xanax since the 5th of the month. Does anyone here take this darn pill and what's your story with it? when in all reality, it's still working just as well as it did in the beginning, just the effects you first received aren't there as your body is adjusting to the medication. I just got my period and had really bad PMS and my anxiety was pretty bad. Now I understand that Xanax can be dangerous if taken all the time. Thanks for any and all replies Xanax isn't "dangerous". A psychiatrist I chat with says hes had patients on benzos for over 20 years! IMO, and most every psychiatrist Ive talked with, .5mg is a VERY low dosage, and you shouldn't have any problems with it. most psych doctors will not taper their patients off of Xanax if their dosage is 3mg or less. Your doctor gave it to you for a reason, if he felt there was going to be a problem with that medicine, he wouldn't have given it to you I've been taking 1.5mg's for quite some time now, and some days don't even take it... It just needs to be used carefully, unless your DR. I No problems whatsoever with it bulletinboard25 - Heartfelt thanks for your post. I actually skipped a dose last night (I really didn't need it anyway). There are times that I don't know how I made it without it!! When you lose the initial drowsiness side-effects... I think I just got caught up in it and used it as a crutch during my PMS. Hi, I have never taken xanax but I would like to share my story with you. And I'm taking so little anyway that I just knew it wouldn't be an issue... My mother who suffered from depression was put on xanax to help her cope with a family member's death.
From teen dealers selling counterfeit Xanax bars on social media to. Other drugs, such as alcohol and sleeping pills, work in the same way. I have been taking.5mg of Xanax in the evening for sleep. I had tried various prescription sleep aids with no results. My doctor has put me on Lexapro and.