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Commonly used sleep medicines like Benzodiazepines as Clonazepam, Alprazolam etc or medicines like Zolpidem, Zopiclone etc causes dependence on long term use. So when they are discontinued abruptly they cause withdrawal syndrome like paradoxical insomnia
, headache, hangover like symptoms, tremors etc. The symptoms mimic anxiety. Its good that you are off medicine for about 1 months now. Now you are having problem of poor appetite
, headache and tension. Most probably these symptoms are due to poor sleep. Many medicines can be used which are less dependent as Ramelteon, Melatonin, Doxepine etc. These are less addicting and are equally effective. Improve your sleep hygiene
for better sleep. Visit a psychiatrist
for proper evaluation.
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi, MD