Originally Posted by Benzeneringz
It seems like some physicians are very weary of prescribing temazepam
, while others are more compassionate. I have been fortunate enough to obtain a script; 30 count of the 30 milligram capsules each month.They are indeed a special benzo
, providing strong hypnotic and sedative effects, along with myorelaxant action on the smooth muscles. With that said, temazepam is a life-saver at night, but the anxiolytic properties are so appealing during times of stress.
Have anyone recieved more that the standard 30 from their GP's? Thank you for your time.
I was prescribed #60 of the 30mg temazepam capsules (specifically the brand-name Restoril
) each month for about 2.5 years, IIRC. I had started at 15mg per night, then after a month was at 30mg per night, then a few months later bumped to 45mg due to some severe pain issues (deteriorated facet joint between L4-L5 causing a serious compression of a bundle of nerves, including the sciatic nerve, as they had managed to essentially "slip" outside the spinal column; this was a result of a combination of genetics, as I have 6 lumbar vertebrae which is 1 more than normal, a predisposition to joint deterioration, which has also resulted in having my right meniscus fully removed, and skiing accidents). It was then increased to 60mg/night, where it remained for between 2 and 3 years. It should be noted that I had been on 3mg Klonopin
and 20mg Desoxyn daily for 1.5/3yrs respectively preceding this point.
After being at 60mg, and still having trouble with sleep, due to insomnia and pain (treated with a combination of 400mg pregabalin
, 350mg carisoprodol, 10mg oxycodone
IR, 20mg and 40mg OxyContin, and eventually 40mg Opana; not all of those opiates
at once, though), other medications were introduced to be used alongside the 60mg of temazepam, including:
(not sedating enough)
(too similar to temazepam, IMO)
150-300mg Phenobarbital (FAR too long-acting for a sleep aid)
100-150mg Butobarbital (tolerance grew too fast, was messing with my other meds)
200-300mg Secobarbital (again, tolerance issues... problematic with barbs; also, very hard to get, special order only meant no guarantee)
500-1500mg Chloral Hydrate
capsules; too unpredictable, and not easy to get)
Finally, Dalmane (flurazepam) was introduced, and I was able to get good sleep with it, at a dosage of 30-60mg/night in combination with the aforementioned Temazepam. I was prescribed 60mg/night, but usually took less, as it is unique in that it is not a dose-dependent benzodiazepine
Sorry if that was too much information, I have a tendency to "type out loud" or "type my thoughts", lol.
Basically, yes, it can be prescribed at doses higher than 30mg/day, but I would HIGHLY advise against it. Coming off of the medication at that high of a dose was ABSOLUTE HELL, and my insomnia was worse than when I started for a full year after. (The Dalmane wasn't so bad to stop)
Now, all I take for sleep is 3mg Melatonin, 25mg Doxylamine Succinate, and 100mg 5-HTP (which has ~50mg Valerian extract, I believe... an inconsequential amount). My sleep pattern is regular, and I am not groggy when I wake up. I do still take the 3mg Klonopin and 20mg Desoxyn daily (along with 16mg Suboxone
Film), but even the Desoxyn doesn't necessitate the use of sleeping pills.
Good luck, hope this helped, and please be careful and don't get yourself on too high of a dose, because by the time you realize it, it's often too late.