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Q. Is it alright to take sleep medicines for eight months at a stretch?

Answered by
Dr. Amit Garg
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 27, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 22, 2022

Hello doctor,

My father is having sleep issues and is taking Venlafaxine 37.5 75 mg, Arip MT 5 mg, Pacitane 2 mg and Lonazep 0.25 from eight months. Is it alright to take these medicines for so long?

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Hello,

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  • Some psychiatric disorders warrant the medicines to be continued for a long time. This is important first to attain remission and second to prevent relapse.
  • Now, since there are problems with sleep, it would be advisable to follow sleep hygiene practices.
  • Hope you are giving Pacitane (Trihexyphenidyl) in the morning hours and not in the evening or night.
  • There is a need for a review of medications. So that only the drugs which are needed should be continued and the rest be tapered off and stopped gradually.
  • In the meanwhile tablet Lonazep (Clonazepam) 0.25 can be increased to 0.50 mg for sleep disturbances. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines with their consent.
  • Follow up with all the relevant history.

For more information consult a psychiatrist online.--->https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/psychiatrist



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