Stoping drinking sleep issues

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Hi guys I have been dependant on alcohol for a while. Last time I tried to stop I hardly slept for days so went back to drinking. But got fed up with it and decided to quit, told my doctor about the insomnia if I quit and he prescribed 2 weeks worth of Temazepam to break the cycle so I took a 20mg tablet last night on empty stomach but it took over 2 hours for me to fall asleep then I woke up less than 3 hours later unable to fall back to sleep, is this withdrawal over riding the sleeping pill? Thanks.

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    Temazepam is a benzo, much like diazepam (Valium). It works in much the same way as alcohol does, by slowing the brain down.

    I have not taken it myself, in the UK we tend to use diazepam and chlordiazepoxide, so I'm not familiar with the advised doses, but it does sound as if you're on too low a dose. Please understand that I am not advising you to increase the dose, as I am not familiar with the medication, just that medical staff often go a bit on the light side with dosage.

    Benzos taken in the correct dose will allow you to sleep, by slowing the brain down without using alcohol - never mix the two. Perhaps mention to your doctor that the current does or regime appears ineffective.

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      Hi, i just wanted to ask, ive cut down on alcohol, but have been given xanax. in stressful situatuions id like to take a xanax without alcohol in my system, do you know how long you have to wait after you have had a drink to take a xanax? also how long after taking a xanax can you have a drink?

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