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Kicking your medicine addiction in Amsterdam
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Sleeping pills and sedatives
Do you belong to the 1.4 million Dutch adults who frequently, around once a day, take a sedative or sleeping pill? Does it help you during the day when you feel stressed or insecure? Or do you belong to the group of people who cannot fall asleep without a pill anymore? Have you been taking them for years? Did you start taking them when life was letting you down and did it turn into a habit? Do you notice how these pills dampen your emotions and feelings? That everything colorful in your daily life has turned into a mix of black and grey?
Sleeping pills and sedatives (benzodiazepines) are used to suppress anxiety, stress and insomnia. They inhibit brain activity and the central nervous system. They make you feel relaxed, less anxious, and it is easier to fall asleep. Sleeping pills usually take effect quickly and they last for a short time. Sedatives take longer to take effect, but they last longer.
Risks and side-effects
Sleeping pills and sedatives shouldn’t be used for longer than a few weeks. They lose their effectiveness over time. You’ll need more to achieve the same results, which puts you at risk of becoming addicted.
Negative effects of sleeping pills and sedatives:
- Tired, sleepy, drowsy during the day. Hangover-like feeling.
- You can’t focus, you feel physically weak. You’re more prone to get into an accident.
- Weight gain.
- Music, sex and other fun things are not as enjoyable anymore.
- Remembering things becomes harder.
- You numb yourself instead of dealing with your problems. You don’t learn how to deal with stress and problems in a good way.
- The combination with alcohol can be dangerous.
- Withdrawal symptoms: nausea, shaking, sweating, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, oversensitive to stimuli, somberness.
Would you like to stop taking sleeping pills or sedatives? You can do so by cutting back gradually. You may experience withdrawal symptoms. If you’ve been taking sleeping pills or sedatives for a longer period of time, consult with your GP or contact us. If necessary, you can replace your pills with medication that lasts longer. Then you can slowly cut down on your medication, under supervision.