Thanks for posting all of that Sotired as you seem to have the same problems with sleep as I do. I have also tried pretty much all of the prescribed and over the counter sleeping pills. The dormicum experience sounds like when my doctor had me try trazadone. She gave me 100mg I tried it and it did exactly the same thing you said. She tried upping the dose to 200mg but it just made it worse not to mention I was droggy for half of the next day.Hey !
Yes, I have bought some Dormicum from the now defunct Midnight Moon AKA RXIOP, last September.
Before I answer your question, it might be useful that I state that I use far less medication than you do, or at least, that I use different ones. So my reaction to Dormicum would be very different from yours.
I am fortunate enough to rarely have the need for pain medication stronger than aspirin or Naproxen. Besides, I hate taking opiates because they make me feel out of control and I can't stand it. The pain has to be stronger than that fuzzy, unwelcome feeling feeling.
I'm on Paxil to treat nocturnal panic attacks. Works pretty well, even though my doctor recently had to increase the dosage. I take it in the morning.
Doesn't help any with the chronic insomnia. So I use different drugs, and I alternate : from the mildest such as herbal pills like valerian and passiflora (which I find can also help, mildly, with acute anxiety), melatonin, OTC such as Unisom, Gravol aka Dramamine (dimenhydrinate), good old ChlorTrypolon and of course, the prescription meds : Triazolam (Halcion), Zolpidem (Ambien) that I get from IOP's. I have also tried 1 to 1½ mg of Xanax to put me to sleep if I feel over-stressed, and it worked. But I have not been using Xanax more than once a month.
I have been prescribed Temazepam 15mg. I told my doctor I had to take two for it to get any effect, and still, it takes forever to take effect, and I typically fully wake up after two hours of sleep, awake yes, but completely exhausted and I have to take something else. I don't touch it anymore.
I'm disciplining myself not to take any sleeping aid more than 4 days in a row. Not easy. And I an not suggesting you do the same. You obviously suffer from anxiety far more than I do, I'm merely explaining that I have not taken enough benzos to build a tolerance.
I have also been prescribed Ativan 1mg (lorazepam) to use if panic strikes. It just isn't strong enough for me. And yet, in 20 years, I'm sure I have not used more than 50 mg in total. I still have the 20 pills I was prescribed two years ago.
So, sorry if I'm babbling, I'm just trying to state that even though I have not used that much benzos in the course of my adult life, I seem to have some inner resistance or tolerance.
I had purchased the Dormicum sort as of "just in case". I took one 15mg pill last December, as I was under so much stress that the little sleep I could get was not refreshing in any way. I would wake up with muscles so tightly wound that it was painful.
So, one night, I decided to try the Dormicum. Ooooohh! I so regretted it. It did not put me to sleep. It put me in a state of "slow motion", I don't know how else to describe it - lucid but extreme drowsiness maybe. Every limb felt extremely heavy; my head was floating in some sort of semi liquid jello. I felt the need to fight to keep in control of my body.
I got out of bed to try to walk off some the loss of control bad feeling ; I managed to stagger to the bathroom by holding on to the walls, not sure at all that I would not fall. And of course, trying so hard to stay in control started triggering a panic attack. I couldn't not take another benzo to nip it in the bud. I swallowed some herbal remedy, concentrated on the breathing and mental exercises I have been taught, and finally managed to quiet down.
Fortunately, yes, Midazolam has a short half-life. I finally managed to fall sleep about two hours later. But I did not will myself out of bed before well after noon the next day. Lost time that I could ill afford at that time.
So dear friend, I would say, even though I don't have a fraction of the knowledge of some of the members on this thread, please do be careful, and if you do decide to give Midazolam a try, my suggestion would be to skip the temazepam that night.