Dr. Sharon Orrange - 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?
Both are “atypical benzos” that have a high affinity for alpha 1 GABA receptors. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - 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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - 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
Dr. Sharon Orrange - 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. See More
The GoodRx Pharmacist - May 29, 2013
Insomnia is defined as “difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep” either over a short period of time or as a chronic problem. It is believed to affect 30 – 35% of adults and is common in the elderly. In some cases difficulty sleeping can be related to short-term stress (anxiety, worry, environment) that leads to sleep disturbances. In other cases, underlying medical conditions can cause chronic insomnia. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 05, 2011
Insomnia has a huge impact on people’s lives, with many relying on a medication for sleep. Sales of Ambien and Lunesta were over $3 billion in 2007. Ambien and Ambien CR then became available as generics (zolpidem and zolpidem er) so the hunt was on for new brand name insomnia medications, which are big money makers.
There is a new kid on the block for insomnia, but as it turns out it’s not so new. The insomnia drug Intermezzo has just been approved by the FDA for treatment of middle-of-the-night awakening. See More