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Old 12-18-2015, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Southern MN
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I do not recommend getting involved with any medicine like Xanax. They call those benzodiazapines.
Benzo's are very addictive. A very small dose will help at first, then you will find yourself needing more and more.
A good mix of RX drugs for sleep is, a combination of Trazadone and hydroxyzine. Ask your doctor and DON'T start using Xanax for sleep. It's an anti-anxiety drug and is very strong.
I second Betsy. I have helped people who are detoxing from Xanax and the backlash from withdrawal can be nasty and last for a long time. People suffer saying goodbye to this little helper.

It shouldn't, in my opinion, ever be prescribed for anything other than short-term use. Risky.
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Old 12-18-2015, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Gettysburg, PA
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Hi,

I have sleep disorder since many years, I don't want take "sleep pills" anymore they are too addictive for me so I heard about a low dosage of xanage can help to sleep but after some research like I see here Average Dose: Xanax For Sleep Disorders | Wealth For My Health, the xanax can have many side effects, I would happy to know what do you think about this ?

These side effects are experienced only by a very low percentage of the users ? or it can be very terrible for everyone ?

Furthermore I do not think used xanax every night but just from time to time when I really need sleep much longer, I begin to have few issues at my work because I'm to tired...

Thanks
I haven't had any side effects from it, I think it's great on an extremely as needed basis, like once or twice a month or something. For me it knocks me out, oftentimes just 0.125mg (half of a 0.25). You've got to watch those things so it doesn't become addictive though. Thankfully I don't have an addictive personality, but I noticed, before I started taking buspirone daily, that I would build up a tolerance quickly to the Xanax so that a 0.5mg wouldn't do that much.

But as far as side effects goes, there are none so far for me; I think it's a great drug if used appropriately.

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First, it's a short-acting benzo. so if you take it, it will kick in pretty quickly,
There is that-- if you have problems staying asleep, then this drug probably would not work for you. Someone with problems staying asleep needs something that's longer acting that won't wear off in 4 or 5 hours.

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Second, Xanax is very easy to get dependent on, both physically and emotionally. It generally gives very quick relief to symptoms, and to some people, a nice sense of well-being. You could start to like that, too much. And like I said above, it's shorter-acting than a long acting benzo, like Klonopin. Long-acting benzos can still create dependency, but there isn't that quick drop-off than can lead people to want to pop another pill. You mention being concerned about addiction to sleeping pills, but Xanax is highly addictive.
Yes, as a regular sleep-aid, something definitely to stay away from at least for most people. I would recommend for someone who also has anxiety problems to try buspirone and see if that might not help getting to sleep easier. I would also have something like propranolol or hydroxyzine for somewhat-difficult sleep nights, and then xanax for those really tough nights where you can't fall asleep for anything (which that ideally should only be a few nights a month really. If it's ever single night that that's going on, then you need something other than xanax, something that is less prone to become addictive).

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Old 12-19-2015, 02:46 PM
 
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Yes! hydroxyzine/Vistaril is a very underrated and effective sleep aid. It's not exciting like Lunesta or Belsomra and the newer drugs, and it's not habit forming. It's been around a long time, and the generic should be dirt cheap.
When I took it for sleep in my 20s, it was like a more effective version Benadryl/dyphenhydramine, the OTC med that lots of people swear by. I slept a good 7+ hours with no AM hangover effect.
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Old 12-19-2015, 04:08 PM
 
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I think part of it is age. I am 58, I take about a 1/2 of my .5mg xanax almost every night with a glass of wine. I certainly would not recommend someone much younger getting into the habit. It puts me right to sleep. I have been doing it for over a year. I get up super, super early to go to work (2:45am). Sleep is essential to me. I need to get enough sleep so I can drive home safely after work.
I do find that the Winter months I may not need it as much since it gets darker earlier the world is quieter. Summer months: kids, adults, lawn mowers, etc just make me anxious that I won't be able to get to sleep.
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