Ambien for sleep 
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 Ambien for sleep

I recently read of a drug called 'Ambien' that is supposed to reduce the
number of times you wake up during the night.

I can't find this drug in any of my pharmacology references.  Anybody have any
information on it?  Class of {*filter*}, side effects, dosage, contraindications
and drug interactions in particular.

Thanks.

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Thu, 04 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Ambien for sleep

sure I used it for a good number of weeks for insomnia.
Works in like 30 minutes.

Ok, _A Primer of Drug Action_ by Robert M. Julien, MD says,

Zolpidem (Ambien), is a newly available nonbenzodiazepine that has been
approved for the short term treatment of insomnia. Although chemically
unrelated to the benzos, it binds specifically to the GABA-A receptor.
Zolpidem is therefore classified as a specific agonist of the benzo type 1
receptors.

At doses of 5 to 10 milligrams, zolpidem produces sedation and promotes a
physiological patterm in sleep in the absense of anxiolytic,
anticonvulsant, or muscle relaxant effects. Dependency, rebound insomnia,
and withdrawals signs have got yet been reported.

(authors note: after a month of using it every night, tolerance did occur
but withdrawal did not)

Anyways, if you need more info, ill whip out my handy PDR and look it up
for ya, just tell me.

Jennifer

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Fri, 05 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Ambien for sleep

try looking up zolpidem

you should consider melatonin, instead, since zolpidem (ambien) is a
melatonin-like molecule



Sat, 06 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Ambien for sleep

thanks for the reply.

Actually, it's for my husband.  He's under the care of a sleep specialist.
Desyrel helps some, but he's still up three and four times a night.  


Quote:
(JSoest) writes:

:>
:>Camilla,
:>
:>One other question is: why are you awakening numerous times during the
:>night?  If you knew the answer to that, maybe you could fix the problem
:>and not have to take a sleeping pill.
:>
:>A sleep specialist would be likely to be able to help you figure out what
:>is disturbing your sleep.  It could be a sleep disorder like sleep apnea
:>or periodic limb movements in sleep, both treatable sleep disorders.
:>
:>Your family doc isn't likely to know about sleep disorders, having gotten
:>20 minutes or less of training about sleep during his/her entire medical
:>career.
:>
:>Best wishes,
:>
:>  
:>Sally in Seattle

:>Coauthor, with Dr. Ralph Pascualy, of Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Personal and Family Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, published in 1996 by Demos Vermande, NY.  

 "The trick is to keep an open mind, without it being so open that
                       your brain falls out"

                      Camilla Cracchiolo, R.N.  


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Mon, 08 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Ambien for sleep

Camilla,

One other question is: why are you awakening numerous times during the
night?  If you knew the answer to that, maybe you could fix the problem
and not have to take a sleeping pill.

A sleep specialist would be likely to be able to help you figure out what
is disturbing your sleep.  It could be a sleep disorder like sleep apnea
or periodic limb movements in sleep, both treatable sleep disorders.

Your family doc isn't likely to know about sleep disorders, having gotten
20 minutes or less of training about sleep during his/her entire medical
career.

Best wishes,

Sally in Seattle

Coauthor, with Dr. Ralph Pascualy, of Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Personal and Family Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, published in 1996 by Demos Vermande, NY.  



Tue, 09 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Ambien for sleep


Quote:
Howard) writes:
>try looking up zolpidem

>you should consider melatonin, instead, since zolpidem (ambien) is a
>melatonin-like molecule

Melatonin is also cheaper, although that's not any help if it doesn't work.
(Not sure whether insurance would pay for it if you could get a script - I
once got pyridoxine - vitamin b6 - on a script, though.)

Also, Ambien has undergone more rigorous testing than has melatonin.



Mon, 15 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 
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