- May 18, 2015
I've been using Clonazepam / Rivotril for about 2-3 years now. I take it to sleep. Damn. I need to get off it though. Can't sleep well without it... I definitely would not recommend it for anyone to use other than in short bursts for highly specific reasons.I'd be cautious offering any specific advice, as I'm not qualified to do so, and each individual and their situation is going to be different.
That said, when it comes to the chronic use of benzodiazepines, I'd be extremely wary of anyone (whether a doctor or not), who supports long term use without at the least being able to articulate the dangers of doing so, or worse, understanding the dangers, and not speaking up about them (although I cannot imagine why anyone would do that).
Your friend should seek a second opinion, from someone who is qualified to offer it. In this case, a reputable psychiatrist would be that person.
You certainly don't want to be using benzos to sleep, and you definitely don't want to be upping your dosage in order to do so, that is a spiral without an end, take it from someone who has been there.