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

  • Could Your Medication Be Causing Insomnia?

    May 30, 2017

    Impaired sleep (insomnia) is a major complaint from patients in my practice, with huge personal and economic costs. When it comes to treatments for either difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep, looking for an easily reversible cause is the first step.

    One of the first places to look: many drugs may affect the quality and duration of sleep. These 18 meds have been shown in studies to do just that. See More

  • Zolpidem (Ambien) on Backorder: What You Need to Know

    February 01, 2016

    Popular sleep medication zolpidem (generic Ambien) has been on backorder from several generic manufacturers since late December 2015. This could make zolpidem harder to find in your local pharmacy, so you may want to call ahead before your next refill to make sure your prescription is in stock.

    Which zolpidem products are affected by the backorder?

    From manufacturer Aurobindo:

    • 5 mg tablets, 500 count bottle
    • 10 mg tablets, 100 count bottle
    • 10 mg tablets, 500 count bottle

    From manufacturer Major:

    • 5 mg tablets, 100 count bottle
    • 10 mg tablets, 100 count bottle

    From manufacturer Mylan:

    • 5 mg tablets, 500 count bottle

    From manufacturer Mylan Institutional:

    • 10 mg tablets, unit-dose 100 count package

    Are there any generic zolpidem tablets that aren’t affected?

    Yes. See More

  • 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

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Popular Insomnia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
GABA Agonists 7 See Prices
GABA Agonists 7 See Prices
Benzodiazepines 8 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.

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