Items needed to combat Pharmaceutical Sleep Aid withdrawal
Let’s face it, withdrawing from pharmaceuticals that are prescribed for sleep can be frightening, but with the help from various OTC supplements and people rooting for you, the process can be much easier.
It can be terrifying to think about getting off a sleep aid that you are addicted to. Millions of Americans are using Zolpidem, Ambien, Seroquel, Trazadone, Lunesta, and other medications for sleep. You may be already be addicted to it and not even know it. Doctors are supposed to only be using these medications for people who simply cannot sleep because of serious life altering issues: PTSD, a death in the family, or a chronic medical condition. These medications are dangerous for off label use.
However, if you want to cease taking a sleep aids, you need to try and wean off over the course of several days. Your doctor or clinical medical professional can let you know how to do this safely and effectively. Going off these kinds of medications or ‘cold turkey’ is not recommended, but you will want to be prepared if you try. It takes work and lots of focus, patience, and it can be horrendous when it comes to withdrawal symptoms. You may experience body pain all over, shooting pains, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, leg and arm pains, headaches, dry mouth, sleeplessness, irritability, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and a variety of other symptoms. Current or chronic medical conditions you already have can become much worse.
To lessen these symptoms you can use an antihistamine, ashwagandha, anti-nausea, vitamin b liquid or pill, ice chips, plain soda crackers, water, fruits like watermelon or cantaloupe, and someone to talk to. The first few days of withdrawal can be horrendous. Having someone to talk to like a family member or friend is very helpful.
You can take an antihistamine to help with some of the symptoms, and anti-nausea to combat the nausea, which can be quite severe for some people. You may also need an OTC pain reliever for a bad headache that could creep up on you as well. Most foods won’t seem appealing; in fact they could just make you very sick and vomit. It is best to stick to cold and mild warm water, tea, raw veggies might also help. Fruits such as cantaloupe or watermelon are also soothing, especially if you are going through his during summer months. Because your nervous system is all over the place during the first few days of withdrawal, b vitamins are very helpful to help ease the constant strain and stress your body is detoxing from. Also, potassium and magnesium to take during the day are also great for muscle spasms, pulls, and other pains that will come and go.
If you can keep food down, you will want to choose wisely weather these vitamins, herbals, OTC medications, are liquid or pill form. Usually gel capsules or liquids work faster. Make sure you have ginger root capsules or chewable on hand for nausea and vomiting, otherwise you will need to talk to your doctor about getting Zofran tablets or a dissolve or sublingual kind in 4mg or greater strength. There is also Phenergan for nausea, if you need something even stronger, which typically comes in pill form only.