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I quit Klonopin 3.5 months ago, but still only sleeping 2…

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I quit Klonopin 3.5...

I quit Klonopin 3.5 months ago, but still only sleeping 2 days a week. I am completely sleep deprived and feel like I am going mad. I have tried almost every other medication for sleep to no avail. Ambien works but affects my memory, so I am not sure what choice I have left. Is it safer to go without sleep or have bad memory from taking ambien

Doctor's Assistant: How is your mood? Are you experiencing regular sleep disturbances (e.g. trouble falling asleep, waking up early)?

All I know, is I can not go on like this. I think maybe the Klonopin did permanent damage to my sleep cycle?

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Psychologist should know?

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Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago
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Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago

have you tried trazodone?

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I also quit drinking a year ago today. I am trying to get my life on track and be a great father and husband, but I have relied on alchohol to sleep for so long I think I forgot how to sleep. That's when I was put on Klonopin and it made me very depressed. I tapered over 4 months. Was on it a total of 6 months. Max dose 2.5mg. I have not had a dose of Klonopin in 3.5 months. I really need sleep because I am close to losing my career from sleep deprivation affecting my performance
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago

have you tried trazodone?

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
responses on here are fine. Do not need phone call
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I have tried the following:
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago

ok

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
Belsomra, rozerem, amitripteline, trazadone, remeron (worked for a month then stopped), zyprexa, Seroquel (bad!), valerian, passionflower, atarax, hydroxyzine, Benadryl, doxylamine
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago

wow. That is quite a bit

do you exercise?

drink caffeine?

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I am so desperate, but I think there is no options left for me. I have even tried meditating, deep breating, epsomsalt baths, no caffine, quit smoking, no sugar, and therapy CBT.Could the Klonopin have really messed me up? Sleep was fine till I had that poison
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I apologize in advance, I am just so sad about this. I feel like Im going crazy from lack of sleep. And I lose everything if I lose my career :(
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
my concern is if I go back on Ambien, I read that sometimes it loses effectiveness quickly and you can have withdrawls from it. It can also worsen insomnia
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
in the long run
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I am too weak to exercise. Major vertigo from lack of sleep and head pressure
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago

I think exercise will certainly help some

I would probably start slow and work your way up

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
up until 2 weeks ago my wife and I were going 4 days a week. Intense cardio and weights. It didn't do much. It has now been 3 months and I just can not muster any energy to work out anymore. My muscle mass is decreasing drastically over these months and I am so weak. My eyes burn from tiredness, but I can not sleep. Can the Klonopin have done this?
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I have been told by a few doctors that there is nothing they can do, and I am crushed. My daughter cries every night because of what has happened to daddy. It is breaking my heart and hurting my little family so bad :(
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago

have you had blood tests to make sure everything else is okay?

thyroid? blood counts? etc?

have you tried treatment for anxiety and depression?

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I have nodes on my thyroid but tsh levels are fine.blood work was good. I am becoming depressed and anxious since my sleep has become so bad. Never before have I had such depression and anxiety since the insomnia started. I was the happiest person in the world
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I may just start drinking at night again. Seems the best scenario unfortunately
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I am currently on remeron because I can not tolerate ssri or snri
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
I guess I am out of luck
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago

what dose of remeron?

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
It is 15mg
Customer reply replied 12 months ago
OK I guess I am out of options.Thank you for your time
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 12 months ago

You should increase that dose I would go up to 30 under doctor supervision.

Don't go back to booze.

that won't be the answer

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