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Long-Term High-Dose Benzodiazepine Use

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I took eszopiclone (Lunesta) years ago, when I was having insomnia issues from the medication I was taking at the time.  It worked very well.  I was asleep w/in minutes of taking the pill and I slept the full 8 hours.  I don't remember any side effects from it at all.

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17 minutes ago, netsavy006 said:

I took eszopiclone (Lunesta) years ago, when I was having insomnia issues from the medication I was taking at the time.  It worked very well.  I was asleep w/in minutes of taking the pill and I slept the full 8 hours.  I don't remember any side effects from it at all.

Hi Andy, do you remember what dosage you were taking? 

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I took zopiclone (imovane) when I was on high dose of benzo and it worked well for a while then I grew tolerant.

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52 minutes ago, mcjimjam said:

I took zopiclone (imovane) when I was on high dose of benzo and it worked well for a while then I grew tolerant.

Thanks for the insight, @mcjimjam. I'll try the drug, but I have my reservations on whether or not 1mg of eszopiclone will do anything at all despite my high benzodiazepine intake. There is room for upward movement should my psychiatrist decide that that would be appropriate if I don't adequately respond to 1mg/night. 

Also, I've read that eszopiclone, for whatever reason, is slower to grow tolerant to than zopiclone. It is the only z-drug approved for the long-term treatment of insomnia. 

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So, I know this thread has strayed away from benzodiazepines, although after nearly three weeks on 120mg/day of duloxetine in addition to the 4mg/day of clonazepam and 900mg/day of pregabalin, I was still feeling uncomfortably anxious and was unable to sleep. My doctor, thus, is having me take 15mg/night of mirtazapine to augment the duloxetine instead of switching the duloxetine for something else, e.g., fluvoxamine or paroxetine, because I simply cannot take off enough work time to complete the switch as it would destabilize me too greatly. 

I have taken  mirtazapine before and thankfully I do not gain weight on the drug, although it has been a while and I'm forgetting whether I should wait a while before thinking about increasing the dosage of the medication or whether this works for anxiety rather quickly. After one night of taking it at 6pm, I'm still feeling sedated as of right now and it's nearly 10 am here in California. My anxiety is slightly better, although it's still there and I attribute any anxiolytic effects to the antihistaminergic activity of the drug at this point What should I expect?

On another note, I am rather disappointed that a fourth medication has been added, but I simply could not stabilize on the three that I was taking. 

Thanks to all who have contributed to this thread. You have provided invaluable information and insight. ❤️ 

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I’d wait awhile on an increase- especially because the combined effect with the other ad might take a while to level out 

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4 hours ago, Iceberg said:

I’d wait awhile on an increase- especially because the combined effect with the other ad might take a while to level out 

Thank you for your response!

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