Our expert says:
It is not considered to be a good idea for someone to remain on sedatives long-term for sleeping problems, due to a number of disadvantages especially dependency. Ivedal is a trade name for the sedative Zolpidem. It is designed to sedate for a relatively short number of hours, and to wear off before morning, because older sleeping meds often left people quite dramatically sedated and with poor concentration in the mornings.
Circadin is less used and newer, containing Melatonin. The idea way of using it isn't yet entirely agreed. It is less likely to cause a morning hangover, but can have a rage of features of disturbed sleep.
The antidepressant Clift may also be complicating the picture. Most reported studies of Melatonin do not find signs of dependency or withdrawal problems.
I wonder whether it might help to be referred to a sleep specialist of sleep clinic, for a fresh assessment and advice.
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