Originally Posted by Mission_Void
I have taken sleep aids for a good part of my life and still do today. I say sleep aids, they are actually your over the counter Benadryl ( I use the store brand name since they are cheaper) chemical is Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride - 25mgs each pill. Antihistamines like these can help sleep too. I've taken for years basically. Have taken a few breaks in between and they aren't addicting. I understand you are taking something much different. Eight months sounds like a long time to be on Temazapam according to what you said. I personally don't know anything about it.
And I agree that you should see another doctor. Other opinions can all be different. But it also sounds like you are educating yourself on that drug so you know something. Doctors aren't always right. I wish they were. I have also taken Hydroxyzine 25mgs. Doctor said they help mild anxiety and aid in sleep. I was taking 100-150 mgs a day near the end. I was never addicted to those ether. It sounds like you may be in for a rough ride for a while until the addiction can subside. Also maybe an anxiety med may help you go off this Temazapam. You can ask your doctor. I also take Clonazepam for anxiety and to aid in sleep. Sorry I couldn't help much. Good luck. MV
Some of what I said in my earlier post was not all correct. I didn't know Temazapam (Restoril) was a benzodiazepine. So me suggesting, "Also maybe an anxiety med may help you go off this Temazapam." Strike out that sentence.
But here is what I do know as quoted from a site. "Temazepam is indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia (generally 7-10 days). For patients in whom the drug is used for more than 2-3 weeks, periodic reevaluation is recommended to determine whether there is a continuing need.
For patients with short-term insomnia, instructions in the prescription should indicate that temazepam should be used for short periods of time (7-10 days).
Temazepam should not be prescribed in quantities exceeding a 1-month supply.
But I personally have taken Clonazepam for several months at 2 mgs a day and never had any trouble going off it. I've taken it several other times through the years and could always cut down within a week or two. I am now on it again (about 5-6 weeks) at 2 mgs a day. It's been a life saver for me. When the doctor wants to cut the drug, I won't have any problem with that. Thanks. Good luck CrystalBlue.