Posted by: peter | 2007/04/26


Since and during my wife's cancer illness I used stilnox to sleep at night. After she passed away four months ago I'm still dependent on it to be able to sleep. How do you get off stinox?

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Dear Peter
Although it is not supposed to be habit forming, one can become "dependent" on it psycologically and I believe physically as well. I'll suggest you try to cut down on the dose and add a herbal sedative like Biral, Rescue remedy until you can stop altogether. But don't you think you are still recovering from the trauma of her illness and death? - it can take up to a year - don't be too hard on yourself.

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Posted by: LP | 2007/04/26

Hi Peter

I am so sorry to to hear about your wife! I was on Stilnox for 6 months after I ended a bad relationship. This was a while ago though.

The thing is this: are you ready to go off the Stilnox? do you feel that you'll be able to sleep without using it?

I think (and have been advised by my doctor) that you should use it as long as you need it. You go off the Stilnox in the following way:

If you have taken one a night every night, start taking 1/2 every night for 10 days. The you take 1/4 for 10 days.

You'll be fine after doing exactly that - trust me! I was so sure I'm hooked on Stilnox for eternity, though I won't ever be able to sleep without it. But if you follow the steps above - you'll be fine.

Just please only start going off them when you are ready.

Good Luck!

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