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My doctor just recently prescribed Klonopin 0.5 mg at bedtime to help me sleep. I have anxiety-induced insomnia. I have taken trazadone in the past for sleep but did not like the "hangover" effect it gave me and I was always tired when I was on it. I am currently taking Ativan 0.25-0.5 mg as needed for anxiety during the day. It doesn't do alot to help me sleep though. I know Klonopin and Ativan are both benzos. I have never had side effects from Ativan...so didn't expect to have major side effects with Klonopin. I was wrong! My doc told me to start out taking 1/2 tab so I did. The first night I slept ok, not great. I then had a terrible time waking up the next morning and had an awful headache that lasted about all day. I was SO tired, lightheaded and just "out of it". I finally started to feel somewhat better that evening. I was reluctant to try it again. I thought well maybe I will just do a 1/4 of a tablet. Maybe 1/2 was too much. So I took 1/4 tablet about 30 min before bed. An hour and half went by and I was still awake and felt no effects from it at all. So I went ahead and took the other 1/4 of a tablet. Within 30 min or so I was asleep. Then I woke up drenched in sweat an hour later and my heart was racing (I wasn't dreaming from I what I can remember). I just felt REALLY strange. Like a "wired and tired" feeling. I got out of bed and stumbled around like I was drunk because I felt so disoriented. My head hurt really bad and I was really dizzy. I laid back down and tried my hardest to go back to sleep but could not. Before I knew it 3am had rolled around and I was still awake. I had to be up for work at 5am. I ended up having to call in sick because I hadnt slept and how awful I felt. It would have been like me going to work drunk on no sleep basically. I felt terrible the rest of the day. Really bad headache, lightheaded, and just "out of it". I slept off and on. Then last night I ended up just taking a 0.5 mg ativan before bed. I did sleep better but probably because I was just so tired. I woke up numerous times throughout the night (like always) but was able to get back to sleep. I still feel the effects of the Klonopin today though and was researching and found it has a 18-50 half life! So it can stay in your system for quite some time. My Doc told me if the Klonopin didnt work for me or I didn't like it we could try Temazepam (Restoril). I'm VERY reluctant to try anything new now because of my experience with Klonopin. I did do some research on Temazepam and it does have a significantly shorter half life than Klonopin and read that it is less likely to cause daytime grogginess or "hangover". Has anyone tried Temazepam? Any side effects? Is it likely that I react the same to Temazepam? However I have never had side effects taking Ativan and it is in the same drug class.





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