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    Minimal Sleep on Klonopin

    Couldn't sleep at all last night, so took .25mg of Klonopin at around 4am. I was expecting to be out for several hours but woke up at 7 unable to get back to sleep. I'm wary of taking more because my prescription is very temporary and I don't want to end up feeling like I HAVE to take it in order to be able to sleep.. But is this a normal thing? I was under the impression that it was longer acting and therefore it would keep me asleep. Maybe I didn't take enough? Thoughts and experiences would be appreciated.

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    Re: Minimal Sleep on Klonopin

    Quote Originally Posted by Rennles View Post
    I was under the impression that it was longer acting and therefore it would keep me asleep. Maybe I didn't take enough?
    Benzodiazepines are generally sedating for a few weeks after first taking them, but not everyone reacts that way.

    If insomnia is an ongoing problem then small doses, 12.5-75mg, of the sedating AD trazodone (Desyrel) would be a better long term bet (note: it becomes less sedating as the dose increases so taking more than 75mg can be counterproductive). Immediate-release trazodone has a very short half-life which reduces the risk of the sedating continuing into the next morning.

    OTOH, if you only experience the odd sleepless night then the over-the-counter antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may help. Not all Benadryl formulations contain diphenhydramine so check the label and ask your pharmacist about interactions if taking other medications.
    The opinions expressed above are based on my observations and, where applicable, interpretation of cited data and are general in nature. Consult your physician before acting on anything stated.

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