I was put on Ambien 11 years ago when I underwent major RT the first time. Over time, I did increase from 5 mg to the 10 mg tablets. At first, they would put me out like a light, and give me 6-8 hours of deep sleep, which is a lot for me. Come from a family of insomniacs.
There was a period when I didn't have any insurance, and was off Ambien for 6 months, I had no withdrawal problems, simply quit cold turkey. A monthly supply originally cost me $165 even with insurance.
I have been on the generic version as long as they have been on the market. I tried the "plus" version for 10 days, and found them not as effective. Also, to keep idiots from grinding up the Ambien to get high ( they snort the Ambien and then overdose onf caffine, to create hallucinations), the drug companys often coat the pills so that people can't crush them into a powder. I have found the coated generic ones work the best.
After all these years, an Ambien will knock me out in about
15 minutes on the average, and till give me at least 6 hours steady sleep. I never wake up with a sleeping pill hangover. I wake alert
and instantly ready to go.
Like any prescript
ion meds, people can and do abuse them, but I never have. If you take Ambien, you shouldn't take it till you are in bed and ready to sleep. The people that have had trouble with sleep walking or doing weird things under Ambien, usually take it, and then continue to try to be awake or active. Not a smooth move.
I have never tried Lunesta, so I have no opinion on it, but since it isn't generic, why pay the higher price?
Hope this helps
David in SC
Post Edited (Purgatory) : 4/28/2011 10:17:57 PM (GMT-6)