Benzodiazepines and prescription sleep aids should not be the first resort and they are not meant for long-term, emphasizes Lifehacker Australia.

If you are at a point where your anxiety or insomnia is having a significant impact on your life, benzodiazepines or sleep aids such as Lunesta or Ambien, are medications that can offer short-term relief. However, they should be taken with caution, and it’s really important to have a plan for how you will taper off the medication, as well as what your long-term plan will be. So talk to your doctor, have a plan, and proceed with caution.

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