Our expert says:
Hi Maria - nice to hea from you again !
People seem to vary in a manner not really well understood in the extent to which different antidepressants may give them bad dreams.
Fortunately, Stilnox is one of the handful of newer sleeping meds and MUCH less likely to cause dpendency problems than were the older benzo types. They are also designed to be short-acting, to get you to sleep, and to have worn off well before morning, to try to avoid a hangover effect the next day. So its unlikely to cause you a problem of the sort you sesibly feel concerned about.
Your vignette of the late night call is typical of a form of amnesia related to sedative meds - or simply to lack of sleep. One can have entirely sensible and coherent discussions in the middle of the night and not recall them in the morning. I remember as a junior doctor when we were chronically severely sleep-deprived, I could get called several times in the night, even get up and see and examine people, make correct diagnoses and give correct treatment, and barely remember what happened the next morning after finally falling into exhausted sleep.
Withdrawal effects of various antidepressants, well, vary, between drugs and between people. Some seem unaffected, some complain of more notable symptoms. Gradual withdrawl, planned in consultation with one's shrink, minimizes the chances of such problems, which fortunately are not inevitable anyway
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