Posted by leological on February 16, 2002 at 13:57:21:
In Reply to: IS Ambien a Benzo???? posted by Ian Wright on February 14, 2002 at 20:07:05:
I totally agree with the other poster's reponses!!! I would also say that since we're comparing ambien to the benzos, it might be worth noting that it is highly recommended at the benzo.org.uk website not to use ambien while trying to withdraw from a benzo (just in case you or someone else who reads this post is comparing the 2 for substitution purposes). They are structurally similar enough to make withdrawal from benzos tough.
Also, I've known a few people besides myself for whom ambien stopped working after a while with raising the dose gradually to keep up the sleep promoting aspect of the drug. Some of these people end up going to "harder" drugs such as the antipsychotic, zyprexa, and I STRONGLY would discourage anyone without hardcore schizophrenia or a similar mood disorder problem from taking drugs like zyprexa.
If I did have to choose between a benzo or ambien, I would definitely choose the ambien since the main w/drawal from it would most likely just be insomnia itself, but, then again, if you could find any non-drug alternative, you would have a more permanent solution instead of a not-too reliable (as far as how long it will work for you) crutch!
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