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

  • Ambien vs Sonata: Which Z Drug Is Better?

    May 27, 2015

    The generic versions of Ambien and Sonata (zolpidem and zaleplon) have dominated the market of insomnia medications. Zolpidem is available as a 5 or 10 mg tablet and Zaleplon 5, 10, or 20 mg tablets. If your insurance company covers one and not the other, how easy is it to change? How do the Z drugs compare?

    How do zolpidem and zaleplon work?

    Both are “atypical benzos” that have a high affinity for alpha 1 GABA receptors. See More

  • Natural Remedies for Insomnia: Do They Work?

    May 07, 2015

    Many folks turn to herbal remedies for the treatment of insomnia. Those who want to stay away from prescription medications like zolpidem (Ambien), eszopiclone (Lunesta) and zaleplon (Sonata) look around for natural over the counter remedies. Insomnia can be a sign of an underlying medical disorder, mood disorder (depression and anxiety), or a medication side effect, and sleep deprivation can lead to high blood pressure, impaired quality of life, and family dysfunction, among other things. See More

  • New Sleep Aid Belsomra Now Approved

    September 05, 2014

    Belsomra (suvorexant) was approved by the FDA in August for patients with insomnia, including trouble falling and staying asleep.

    When will Belsomra be available?

    Belsomra is expected to be available in late 2014 or early 2015.

    What type of medication is Belsomra?

    Belsomra is the first drug in a new class of medications recently approved by the FDA known as orexin receptor antagonists. Many other current insomnia meds, including Ambien (zolpidem) are GABA agonists. 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 75 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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