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Xanax dosage/Insomnia

Posted by fangorn on March 07, 2006 at 05:09:43:

A few months ago, I was having some bad heartburn/dyspepsia problems which ultimately kept me awake for many nights.

The sleepness nights then fueled anxiety about sleeping, and the anxiety fueled the stomach issues! This happened over about 4 weeks. The Docs have ruled out any medical problems with my stomach (other than acid reflux amplified by the anxiety/insomnia).

The insomnia/anxiety/stomach cycle has continued for about 2 months and I cannot seem to break the cycle. Even when my stomach is OK, the anxiety and insomnia have persisted.

My GP prescribed Paxil to help relieve the anxiety and insomnia, but it really doesn't seem to be working (been on 12.5 mg for 4 weeks). It almost seems like the Paxil is making the insomnia worse.

So he added .5 mg of Xanax to be taken at night. This does help me to get about 5 hours of sleep, usually broken into two 2.5 hour segments.

But I am nervous about taking the Xanax long term. I've been on it for about 10 days now. Occasionally I will take another .5 mg if I wake up in the middle of the night.

Does this seem like a normal dosage? Should Paxil really be prescribed for Insomnia problems?

I have NEVER experienced anxiety in my life before this. Never been on any meds before and never had any sleeping issues.

Any comments? Had my GP flipped his lid?

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