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How to get sound sleep without Alprazolam?

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Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At January 5, 2016
Reviewed AtDecember 21, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 34 year old male. My weight is 68 kg. I am married and have two kids. Because, of the disturbance made by my kids, I was not able to sleep well sometimes. So, I just started taking tablet Alprazolam 0.25 mg. Now I have been trying to gradually stop taking the medicine. So, I had 0.25 mg on the alternate days and in between 0.5 mg twice a day. I have a feeling that my body has got addicted to tablet Alprazolam. Because, from the day I stopped taking the tablet, I am not able to sleep even a little bit. Yesterday too, I tried without medicine. But, I could not sleep. Then at midnight, I had 0.5 mg and then slept for 4 hours. Please help. Thank you in advance.

Answered by Dr. Shubham Mehta

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concerns.

Alprazolam is a habit forming drug. I would suggest you to take Zolpidem for disturbed sleep. Zolpidem is less addictive compared to Alprazolam.

I will suggest you the following measures to get a sound sleep. Please try.

  1. Avoid sleeping during daytime.
  2. Do not consume coffee, tea, alcohol or fatty meals during night.
  3. Have a glass of warm milk before going to bed.
  4. Go for a warm shower just before sleeping.
  5. Maintain a cool and pleasant atmosphere inside your room.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

How long should I take Zolpidem and at what dose? When should I stop the medicine? Please guide.

Answered by Dr. Shubham Mehta

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Initially, you can start with 6.25 mg of tablet Zolpidem and later you can use only when it is required.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shubham Mehta
Dr. Shubham Mehta

Psychiatry

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