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

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days a week. I am...
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
JA: How is your mood? Are you experiencing regular sleep disturbances (e.g. trouble falling asleep, waking up early)?
Customer: All I know, is I can not go on like this. I think maybe the Klonopin did permanent damage to my sleep cycle?
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Psychologist should know?
Customer: that is it
Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Mental Health
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Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 3 months ago
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Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 3 months ago

have you tried trazodone?

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Customer reply replied 3 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 3 months ago

have you tried trazodone?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
responses on here are fine. Do not need phone call
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I have tried the following:
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 3 months ago

ok

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Customer reply replied 3 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 3 months ago

wow. That is quite a bit

do you exercise?

drink caffeine?

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Customer reply replied 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
in the long run
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I am too weak to exercise. Major vertigo from lack of sleep and head pressure
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago
I may just start drinking at night again. Seems the best scenario unfortunately
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I am currently on remeron because I can not tolerate ssri or snri
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I guess I am out of luck
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 3 months ago

what dose of remeron?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
It is 15mg
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
OK I guess I am out of options.Thank you for your time
Mental Health Professional: DocPhilMD, Doctor replied 3 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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