Temazepam addiction

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Hibee
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   Posted 6/25/2009 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

I have been taking Temazepam now for a long time to help with sleep, I started by taking it every other night on advice from doctor to avoid dependence but have found over the last few months due to my sleep being so bad that i have been taking this benzo every night. I am taking more than the 20mg dose as i find that that does does not help me get any sleep and i am now anxious that im getting addicted to this medication. I have had problems with drug addiction in the past and don't want to find myself in the same situation now, I find if i don't take any thing to help me sleep that I will only get a few hours does any one have any advice?. My sleep problems are really starting to effect my work as I do such an active job (outdoor instructor) were safety is a big concern and I am getting to the stage were I am thinking off being off from work, The problem with that is that I don't have a good working relationship with the mangers due to lack of understanding off my mental health problems and fear they would say I was unfit for work and sack me.

Ben

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   Posted 6/25/2009 1:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Ben i have been where you are- you need to see a doctor before you start taking a higher dose. Dont let the meds control you. Good on you for recognising that you have become dependant- thats an important step. But now you need to act on it and seek professional help. Otherwise would you consider slowly tapering off the temaz until you are on a more suitable dose?

Hang in there mate, here for you

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   Posted 6/25/2009 1:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I would chat with the doc about this issue and nip it before it can get worse.

There are other non addicting sleep aids out there available like Ambien.

I do see a problem if you are using more as and you know a sign of addiction.

Therapy might help you cope with the problems you are going through at work. Have you tried CBT? How about a breathing relaxation technique? Do you have a set bed time? Do you read, watch t.v etc to try and relax enough to fall asleep?
Sometimes reading can help the body to relax. Now it is recommended not to read in bed. So your body keeps the 2 separated. But to have a chair, lamp and night stand next to the bed. So when you are finished you hope in and snooze.

What keeps you from sleeping? Racing thoughts? Events of the day playing over in your head? Restlessness?
Some anxiety/depression meds can help calm the mind. Might want to chat about that with the doc.

Are you anxious about going to bed? Worried about not being able to sleep? If these are worries STOP them. Make your mind focus on something else. This is where breathing relaxation techniques come in. You force your mind to focus on other things instead of (in your case) worrying about sleeping. Instead you picture something calming, relaxing and kinda uneventful but fulfilling non the less.

Chat with the doc and see what he/she has to say. But some advice anyway =) hope it helps some if you haven't tried them already.

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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Ben,

I am glad you have recognized you are treading on dangerous territory by increasing your usage of your Temazepam.

It is important to remember that benzodiazepines are generally safe and effective when used as directed. Tolerance and dependence may result with long-term use. But, this is not the same thing as addiction. If you are concerned about addiction to benzodiazepines, you should talk to your doctor or other health care provider.

I cannot remember what other meds you are on.

I use Trazodone 100 mgs at bedtime for sleep and this helps me.  I was on high doses of Ativan for a long time and like you I found I had built up a tolerance so I weaned off the Ativan using a very slow weaning schedule under the guidance of my Pdoc.

Take care and please do follow up with your Physician.

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   Posted 6/25/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

Thanks for your reply's I will speak to my doctor about this issue and take advice from him and thank you all for your advice and support.

Maz- Thanks for your continued support and I will take your advice on board as I know you have been in the same situation, I think tapering off the Temazepam is a good idea and I will speak to my doctor next time I see him.

Kitt- Thanks for your support you have always been here for me which means a lot, I am currently taking 225mg of Effexor and will take the advice from my doctor.

Allestaria- Thanks for the support and to answer your questions, I am on a waiting list for CBT and hope to here a start date soon and I do relaxation techniques before I goto bed and have a set bed time but my racing thoughts always seem to come back and keep me awake or when I do sleep I suffer with bad nightmares and wake up. I don't read as I have dyslexia and find reading difficult but do listen to my ipod which does help me to get off to sleep. At the moment I am anxious about not getting enough sleep as it is affecting my work and mental state.

Thank you all and take care.

Ben

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   Posted 6/25/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Ben, good for you admitting that you have a problem. That's the first step. Tell your doctor what you just told us. Ask to be weaned off of the medication. It may be that your addiction is affecting your sleep now. After coming off that med, try falling asleep naturally. There are lots of things you can do. Also, it will help knowing you're starting the CBT next week. It's all coming together. Don't worry. Just do what you have to do and feel better!
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Hibee
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   Posted 6/25/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Aries

Thanks for your reply yes I will check in with doctor about this issue and also speak to my therapist next week about all the medication im taking. Hopefully things will start to improve with the CBT. Thanks again and take care I will keep you posted.

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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, keep us posted. Everything will be alright. Don't doubt that!
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