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My son is taking 5 mg valium at night to help sleep ( he has sezure disorder n takes tegretol, Depakane, amantidine and baclofen at 10 pm the Valium usually around 11:00-11:30- The doctor said he could also take Ativan .5 mg but as a nurse im a little worried about both benzos and too much sedation? But the 5 mg of valium no longer helps him sleep
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Hello,I am DR. Aren and I will help with your query.Valium /Diazepam is not a hypnotic and is an anxiolytic,it has good addiction potential and should not be used long term /for sleep purposes.Ativan/Lorazepam is a safer drug for long term use with very little addiciton potential and would be preferred over Valium.I would actually suggest Zolpidem/Zolfresh which is a short acting hypnotic which induces sleep within 15-30 minutes .

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