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Will I become dependent on etizolam if I take low to normal doses to sleep for a week or two?

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#1 jacobjerondin

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 10:54 PM

Background, if this is too long for you skip down to the my plan section

Title says it all, unfortunately I've been taking antihistamines, mostly doxylamine succinate which I sometimes switch out for benadryl (diphenhydramine) to fall asleep, both in doses of like 12 - 25mg per night. I started doing this during phenibut withdrawal because it was really hard for me to fall asleep, and while it helped a lot at first, it's been two months now and they aren't working very well now. (I think I'm mostly recovered from the phenibut withdrawal now beyond maybe some weird PAWS.)

I realized that I was dependent on the antihistamines around a month ago and tried to taper down on them but even going slowly my sleep quality has become really bad, I keep waking up after like 5 or 6 hours of sleep if I take around 12mg or maybe 7 to 7.5 hours if I take 25mg.

I think I need to stop taking the antihistamines fully so that I can let my histaminergic system recover, that's what a couple of people have told me now. The thing is that I don't seem to be able to sleep at all without them. I'm already still dealing with some stress from the phenibut PAWS and the damage done to my HPTA axis (I think) and I have a lot of assignments to do for college right now so not sleeping much/at all for days to potentially a week or so isn't a great option for me.

I've tried a bunch of nootropics and herbs to help with sleep, but nothing really seems to be helping me fall asleep and stay asleep as long as I need to. The sleep deprivation is really making me feel out of it and shitty all the time, so I really need a good solution asap.

My plan for the etiz

I'm thinking about getting some etizolam to take so I can finally get some decent sleep. I'm planning to take low to normal doses, probably just 1-2 mg a night if not less, however much will let me sleep well for around 8 hours or so. I will just take it for a week and then taper down over maybe another week once my sleep has seemed to normalize. I know the dangers of taking benzos regularly and from previous experience know that I don't really enjoy them, I see them as more tools for uncomfortable situations. So the risk of addiction seems low to me, but I am worried about getting dependent on them for sleep.

How concerned should I be about dependence given the dosing protocol I'm planning? Will there be rebound insomnia even if I taper my dose? I have a really good scale and am prepared to dose volumetrically and very carefully.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice :). I don't have much experience with benzos so any insight is appreciated.

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