Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is when a person has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or a combination of both. Symptoms include: difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, not feeling rested after sleeping, and fatigue during the day.

Treatment for insomnia includes behavioral therapy, changing sleeping habits, and taking medications. Common drug classes used to treat insomnia are barbiturates, benzodiazepines, GABA agonists, melatonin agonists, and tricyclic antidepressants.

Savings Tips for Insomnia

  • More Bad News for Ambien (Zolpidem)?

    February 28, 2014

    Zolpidem is the generic version of Ambien, which is also available in a longer acting form known as Ambien CR. These sleep medications (zolpidem, Sonata, Lunesta) are widely popular and known for their lack of hangover effect the next morning. These “atypical” benzodiazepines are different from “typical” benzodiazepines like Ativan, Xanax, or Valium in that they are used to treat insomnia but not anxiety.

    Weird things can happen to people who take them, especially if you take one and continue to walk around and do things in your house. See More

  • What’s New for Insomnia

    December 06, 2013

    Three to four times a day I talk to patients about it: insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, affecting millions worldwide. It is more common in women who have a lifetime risk 1.5 – 2 times higher than men. While this may seem obvious, insomnia is characterized by repeated difficulty with falling asleep, maintaining sleep or with a lack of quality of sleep despite adequate sleep opportunity.

    Should I take medications for insomnia?

    For short term sleep disruption the answer is likely no. See More

  • 50+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2014

    October 29, 2013

    For  many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2014. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing almost 50 brands from their formularies at the end of 2013. More information is below.

    What are Express Scripts and Caremark?

    Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More

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Popular Insomnia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Ambien
(zolpidem)
GABA Agonists 7 See Prices
Restoril
(temazepam)
Benzodiazepines 9 See Prices
Ambien CR
(zolpidem er)
GABA Agonists 88 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Insomnia Drug Classes

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