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September 11, 2009
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I am on sleeping pills for over 10 years due to marrital & family problems....

Last week when I called the clinic to make appointment to buy my monthly supply, I was suprised the call was answer by 1 of the doctor. he told me that the clinic is having a renovation & he will be away for his vacation for a week & I can call them back on Monday as his clinic assistant will be in. So, I called on Monday but nobody answer the call. I started to panic. But I tell myself to be calm & I can still try on Tue, as I still have pllls to last me till wed night.

Tuesday I called, again there was no answer. so, I went to 1 of my company's doctor & told her my problem & ask for her help for 5 days supply. I was turned down immediately. ( in my country, for the past few years, the las has been very strict for doctors to prescribe sleeping pills as they will be bar from their practices )

Now, I thought i would be strong to pull throught this ordeal but I was wrong!!! I cannot sleep on thurdays & I have the so called " withdrawal symtoms " I cried, I am frustrated, my body & mind is exhausted but i just won't sleep!!! finally, i slept at 7am & woke up at 10.30am. ( luckily, i was on leave on friday )

Friday was ok in the day time but when night came & it's time for bed, I JUST CANNOT SLEEP AGAIN!!! i toss & toss in bed until I lost control again. at 2am I called my husband & told him that I need some help, i am really lossing control ... he said he will come back & give me the pills ( I was suprise that he has & quite touch that he is willing to help me this time )

so, I took 1 pill & sleep at about 2 am plus & now I woke up at 6.30 am. these 2 days has been " hell " for me. If you happen to read this thread of mine, I plead you to give me some advise, what should I do??? I really need professional help. I have the intention to quit the pill for good but it's easy said than done & I have to work on weekday, if this continue, it will affect my job & my livelihood.....

I am really desperate & scare!!!!

September 11, 2009
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I'm so sorry you are going through this. I think even beyond needing the pills for sleep, you have become dependent on reliant on them so that not having them is causing you to panic. I would suggest going to your doctor's office and see if it is open. Maybe there aren't enough people to pick up the phone. I would also suggest exercising for at least an hour during the day. This will help you sleep better. You can learn to tame your mind so your are able sleep.

Other over the counter medications can help you sleep like gravol/dramamine or allergy medicine and other sleep aid. I would suggest learning to sleep on your own as soon as possible.

Hang in there and find some breathing activities that help you to calm down before you sleep.

September 11, 2009
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fantas, thank you very much for responding to my call for help... after I post this thread, I was seraching the website for the institute of mental health in my country... I really need to get help because I think it can be a severe issue for me then it's just simply insomnia... I maybe having panic attact in the night & depression after reading some of the information from the web....

Excercise, yes... I am very active in doing it all these years, like yoga, tonning & so on... I think I am dependent on the pills because I might not want to face the issues in my life...I really don't know...

September 11, 2009
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try to wean yourself from these pills, they are addicting....i too used to use pills alot, and took me a while to fall back asleep naturally, but i finally did it.

Drink warm milk b4 bed, most of all try not to "think" too much when you close your eyes, think of sleep, peaceful thoughts and try to naturally get some good zzzzzz's šŸ™‚

September 11, 2009
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10 years is a long time to be dependent on pills in order to sleep so I would suggest asking your doctor for help in detoxing you off of them with a lower dose.

And a program such as a 12 step group for support in your efforts to get off of them.

In the mean time try changing your night time routine, say, taking a nice long hot bath may help you relax and unwind.

Atalose

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September 12, 2009
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thank you CAMER & atalose,

I just came back from the institute of mental health (I think, I maybe wrong but, in my country, it is a TABOO for people who visit this institute, because it is commonly knonw as "mental institute but I have decided to work on this issue of mine...really feel better after pouring out what is in my mind to the doctor.... i have an appointment to see the speciallist in a week time..now i know that i am having an addition problem & i will tackle the issue...really don't want this kind of " suffering" in my life anymore......

September 12, 2009
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i just joined. I am so insecure right now. My husband has woke me up to call me a whore, fat ass, and loser. I am so sad and am starting to believe that I am not worthy. I just need to talk to someone.

September 12, 2009
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oh crap! Am I supposed to go into a specific thread. I am so sorry. My problem has nothing to do with yours. I don't think I know what I am doing here. Sorry.

September 12, 2009
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September 12, 2009
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it's ok spinningdown, take care.. we all need help & someone to response to us that is why we are here....

now it's night time & i am starting to feel down again.... hope i can get through this better tonight....

September 12, 2009
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Lost soul- What is the name of the medication that you are on? You can type it into a search and look at the side effects from withdrawing from it.

What I am concerned about is that there are some medications that you cannot suddenly stop taking. YOu have to be tapered off of it. But, it sounds like you have been off of it for a few days.

Sleeping medication or any medication that crosses the blood brain barrier can alter the chemistry of the brain. When that happens it is not a process you can control, it is not due to psychological problems but to a physical problem.

It can take up to a year for your brain to heal and start functioning normally again.

In the US they have Sleep clinics that specialize in this area. People go to them and while they sleep their brain waves are monitored so they can find out what is going on.

Hope this helps.

September 12, 2009
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What kind of sleeping pill are you taking? If it's a benzodiazepine or a barbiturate you can die from withdrawals. Yes, die. People on benzodiazepines and barbiturates are tapered SLOWLY off the medication, stopping suddenly can bring on withdrawals such as shakes, chills, sweats,seizures, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, diarrhea, INSOMNIA, severe anxiety, depression, suicidal idealization, electrolyte imbalance, death. Ten years is a long time. You will not be able to sleep for some time.

I have been physically dependent on benzodiazepines such Ativan aka Lorazepam, Dalmane aka Flurazepam, Klonpin aka Clonazepam, Xanax aka Alprazolam, Valium aka Diazepam, and many more. Barbiturates like Phenobarbital, Seconal, Nembutal to name a few. There are many other sleeping pills that are not benzo's or barb's but are very addictive and many people have a hard time sleeping without an aid for some time after stopping the pills. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible. Go to your pharmacy and tell them you can't get ahold of your doctor and they will often give you a couple of days worth of pills. If you must call another doctor and see them. Worst case scenario head to the E.R. if you are experiencing severe withdrawals like I listed above.

September 12, 2009
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Destinystar & AQueen, thank you for your kind response.

Yes, i went to the E.R yesterday. so after the whole session, the doc asked me if i want to continue the same kind of medication, so for these few days she will give me some replacement. I told her that I want to quit for good. & she is happy to hear about this. I told that i need help to get this quitting " smoothly " so that is why I will be seeing a specialistist next week. she gave me something 1/2 the dose of what I usually take during the night & it works for me last night. I think I am feeling " normal" again today.... But thinking back the previous 2 nights, it sent "CHILLS" down my spine....I really don't want to put myself into that kink of situation again... if I don't try to help myself, then I think nobody can...So "QUITTING" is the best choice...

I started domicum until it was totally ban for the pratitional to issue to the patient in my country then I was on Lorazepam 10mg for the past 2 years...

Thanks again. šŸ˜€

September 13, 2009
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Last night around 9pm , i had this feeling of anxiety again, but just that it is not so serious compare to the last few nights....

I have no idea if this is anxiety or addition for pills anymore.....

managed to sleep after taking Lorazepam 10mg.

i am off to work now.......

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