Posted 8/5/2020 12:51 PM (GMT -6)
You mentioned your general practitioner suggested taking Paxil and Lexotan.
By typing in Paxil in the search engine, one of the sites said that it is used for depression and anxiety.
When I typed in Lexotan, myvmc.com said that this was a benzodiazepine.
It then noted, "In general, benzodiazepines such as Lexotan should be taken for short periods only (2 to 4 weeks, for example)."
"Continuous long-term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor."
"This medicine may be addictive."
Well, you know, like you did go to a general practitioner. Is there anyway you can go to a psychiatrist?
For one thing, your difficulty sleeping may not be the main problem.
It may be a sign of a mental illness. In my case, it's not so much that I have trouble sleeping, it's that I have bipolar and I have trouble sleeping. To treat the symptom doesn't treat the main problem, it covers it up.
If you get the wrong diagnosis, such as can't sleep, you get the wrong medicine. First, they have to diagnosis what is the underlying problem. And then give you the right medicine for that.
If you go to a psychiatrist, he or she will first want to try to determine if you have an overall mental condition like anxiety or depression.
Then they can first give you an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medicine, then maybe give you something for sleep, or like me, you could perhaps even take something like Melatonin from the health food store for a portion of the sleep problem.
You said in your latest post, that Melatonin didn't work for you. I said in my reply that Melatonin wouldn't work for me, either, if I wasn't taking something for my bipolar (Lithium) and for my depression (Mirtazapine).
So this indicates you have something more than just a sleep problem, for the Melatonin by itself didn't help you with sleep.
As the net said, the benzodiazepines are for the short term. You need something for the long term.
Again, can you look up "psychiatrist for your hometown" on your computer, or "mental health or psychiatric clinic for your hometown", which would have a sliding scale all the way down to zero? And set up an appointment?
You think you can do that?