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

  • How Much Lunesta Should I Take?

    May 15, 2014

    Less than we thought. Similar to recent recommendations to lower the bedtime dose for Ambien (zolpidem) from 10 mg to 5 mg, the FDA has announced that the manufacturer of Lunesta (eszopiclone is the generic) will be required to change the current recommended starting dose. The recommended starting dose of Lunesta has been decreased from 2 mg to 1 mg for men and women. The 2 mg and 3 mg doses could lead to next-day impairment of activities requiring alertness such as driving. See More

  • Xanax or Ativan: Which Is Better for Anxiety?

    May 07, 2014

    Benzodiazepines (BZDs) are one of the most commonly taken psychotropic drugs, often used for anxiety. Prolonged use of BZDs is a widespread phenomenon in medical practice yet it may surprise you to know that these medications are really only meant to be used short-term. Both alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan) are considered short-acting BZDs and when used for the right reasons are quite effective. See More

  • Lunesta Generic Now Available!

    April 22, 2014

    Insomnia med Lunesta, first approved in 2004, is now available as generic eszopiclone! Eszopiclone received FDA approval as of April 15, 2014 and was launched this month, meaning you will be able to find it in your pharmacy soon (if it isn’t already there).

    What is Lunesta (eszopiclone)?
    Eszopiclone is a GABA agonist is indicated for the treatment of insomnia.

    What strengths is this medication available in, and how is it usually taken?
    Lunesta and eszopiclone are available in 1 mg, 2 mg, and 3 mg tablets. See More

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Popular Insomnia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Ambien
(zolpidem)
GABA Agonists 8 See Prices
Restoril
(temazepam)
Benzodiazepines 9 See Prices
Ambien CR
(zolpidem er)
GABA Agonists 76 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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