: I am a 42yr old female. I have had trouble sleeping for about the last 3-4 years. In 1994 my Mother was diagnosed with Cancer and was very ill. I was helping out everyday, several times and hours a day. In 1995, Mom passed away. I also have a teenage son, who at about the same time was experiencing some troublesome times as a young teenager. I could not sleep. I would lay in bed with my eyes closed, only it was like I had my eyes wide open and it was light out. I finally got a doctor to prescribe Xanax 0.5 mg. They really knocked me out. If I was not in bed with in minutes of taking them, my husband would have to carry me to bed. He awoke one night to find me tapping a knife on my back. I had not hurt my self but I threw the remainder of the prescription away, immediately. I have been taking 2 Unisom everynight since. This is the only way that I can get any sleep. What is the safety of this, especially over an extended period of time?
The PDR states this medication should not be used for greater than 2 weeks unless approved by a physician. Sounds to me like you should speak to your physician and develop a better treatment plan for your sleeping problems.
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