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Sleeping trouble on stopping alprax. Replaced with zolfresh. How long can I use this medication?

Hello Sir, I have been taking alprax got almost a year..but it was on And off..I decided to quit it and was able to sustain just for a week ..after that I started getting problem in initiating sleep..I used to wake up every hr in night and is unable to have a peaceful sleep.. I was suggested to have zolfresh 5mg and I had it fr 2 days..Am getting a good 7-8 hrs sleep at night.. I am a doctor myself doing my internship right now.. I just wanted to know how long can I continue having it and am even scared for side effects... so is it preferable to go for zolfresh over alprax?? And for me actually I had been disturbed in my personal life an yr nd half back so remained depressed al the time..I switched over to alprax by then... Sir I will be awaiting your reply soon... Thanking you, Sonali.
Asked On : Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Welcome to health care magic
I can understand your situation. I appreciate your effort to seek online support.

Don't worry. You can take zolfresh for continuos 2-3 weeks. 5 mg is the starting dose and it can well induce the sleep and effective upto 6-8 hours without causing day time sedation.
No need to be scared. You can easily taper down the dose. I advise you to visit a psychiatrist once for detailed evaluation of depressive symptoms as treating depression will treat insomnia too and have some psychotherapy sessions.

Hope it helps
Good luck
Dr. Gourav Monga
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

The symptoms of difficulty in initiating sleep and disturbed sleep which you were experiencing after stopping Alprax are likely to be due to the withdrawal effects. Zolfresh is a short-active sedative medication with very minimal addiction potential, and 5 mg is a minimal dose.

So, don't worry, your doctor has made the right decision to switch over from Alprax to Zolfresh. You can continue to take Zolfresh for about 2 weeks and then try to stop it. You can practices relaxation techniques like yoga, deep breathing, meditation, etc. and also follow strict sleep hygiene techniques, in order to regain your natural sleep rythms.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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