Despite taking Restoril there is difficulty in falling asleep. Why?

Q. Despite taking Restoril there is difficulty in falling asleep. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 21, 2017 and last reviewed on: Dec 04, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 76-year-old male. I have difficulty to fall asleep for more than two years. I started to take 0.25 mg of Restoril and 1 mg of Melatonin. As the days progressed, I increased my Restoril dosage gradually to 1.25 mg and Melatonin to 3 mg. Last night, I found it was not enough. In desperation, I took one tablet of Valium and slept until 10 A:M. I feel that Restoril may have lost its effect on me.

Unfortunately, I do not have the courage to commit euthanasia. I do not know what to take tonight. Please advice. I had many serious ailments in my life describing them in detail is tedious. Shortly those ailments were Potts, acid-fast bacilli, and heart valve replacement. Please advice.



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It seems that you have tolerance for Restoril (Temazepam). We can increase the dose up to 30 mg before sleep. Kindly do not stop the medication abruptly. It should be stopped gradually over at least a period of two weeks. Also Valium (Diazepam) 10 mg before sleep can be used instead of Restoril not adding to it and the same precautions must be taken. I suggest you take Valium (Diazepam) 10 mg or Restoril (Temazepam) 30 mg before sleep. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and with their consent take the medicines. You need to follow all good sleep hygiene.

Provide me with all your medications and medical reports in order to exclude any secondary cause of insomnia such as hyperthyroidism or side effects of other medications Follow up after one week.

I strongly recommend against euthanasia.

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