Hi all. My cousin ‘Bart’ for the past year he has had severe trouble sleeping. For about 4 years now he’s has been taking bromazepam for hes anxieties and as well for sleeping. But as we all know with benzodiazepines once you take them for a long period of time (3 year+)the effects start to slowly diminish. And that is exactly what has happened in hes case for quite some time now. Could someone give me some suggestions on what drug(s) (preferably another benzodiazepine) would be useful for him. Like which one is most used for insomnia ? I would greatly appreciate your help!
Switching benzo brand does not generally have any noticeable effect, but changing to a different type of benzodiazepine should do the trick. Benzos are likely the best class of drug for consistent sleeping disorders and anxiety. Were Lexotanil prescribed for anxiety, sleeping or both? And what has Bart’s DR said about the developing tolerance issues, to that particular medication?
Here we got a perfect example why a single benzo should not be prescribed for long periods of time ,regardless of whether it’s for anxiety of insomnia. You have to switch it up if your going to last. Lots of doctors do this and it usually works well. I believe Bart should discuss one of the Z drugs like Ambien with his doctor, or learn non-drug modalities to deal with his insomnia in the best way.