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Insomnia, Sleeping Pills Dependence, Diazepam (Valium) Dependence

Abstract: Discusses why sleeping pills often stop working after using them continuously for two months.

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Insomnia, Sleeping Pills Dependence, Diazepam (Valium) Dependence

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Written by: Fabio Piccini, doctor and Jungian psychotherapist, in charge of the "Centre for Eating Disorders Therapy" at the "Malatesta Novello" Clinic in Cesena. Works privately in Rimini and Chiavari. E-mail:
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 29 Aug 2008.

Why aren't the sleeping pills I have taken for two months working any more?


As a general rule, individuals who take hypnosedatives (this is the technical name for sleeping pills) for more than 45 days will develop some sort of physiologic and psychologic dependence and will show symptoms after withdrawal.

Thus, after taking sleeping pills for more than two months you should expect to see their sleeping power diminish week after week and should also expect to have problems to quit them.

Now that you can see this effect in action, you should understand that taking sleeping pills for such a long time has been a bad therapeutic choice, and after all, it never cured the cause of your problem.

I'd suggest that you'd better see a neurology consultant and ask for an alternative sleeping medication while you try to find a different therapy method to deal with your insomnia.

Examples of common medicines of this kind:
Diazepams: Diazepam, Oxyzepam, Valium, Xanax, Sobril
Similar: Immovane, Stilnoct

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