Prescription Sleep Aids: Lunesta vs. Ambien

by Karl Utermohlen | April 15, 2014 2:31 pm

Prescription Sleep Aids: Lunesta vs. Ambien

Those looking for the right prescription sleep aids to cure their insomnia have a tough choice to make.

Ambien 275x300 Prescription Sleep Aids: Lunesta vs. Ambien[1]
Source: Wikipedia[2]

The Lunesta vs. Ambien debate continues to rage as two more pharmaceuticals have launched generic versions of Lunesta[3].  Meanwhile, the FDA has ordered drug makers to lower the doses[4] for Ambien as the drug could impair driving and other activities the next day.

Ambien is a bigger name in the world of prescription sleep aids, but is it really better[5]? The drug helps you fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes but it should only be taken if insomnia patients are able to get 7 or 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep.

Doctors recommend that patients only take Ambien or Lunesta if they’re able to get a full night’s sleep. Lunesta also works fairly quickly but it can cause grogginess for patients who are unable to get a full night’s sleep.

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Ambien.jpg
  2. Wikipedia: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/96/Ativan05mg.jpg
  3. generic versions of Lunesta: http://investorplace.com/2014/04/generic-lunesta-sleeping-pills-insomnia/#.U014I1djt8E
  4. lower the doses: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/bioflash/2013/01/fda-orders-lower-doses-for-sleep-drug.html
  5. better: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/insomnia-medications
  6. New Alzheimer’s Blood Test May Predict Disease Wtih 90% Accuracy: http://investorplace.com/2014/03/alzheimers-blood-test/#.U013R1djt8E
  7. 18 NC Hospital Patients Exposed to Rare Brain Disease: http://investorplace.com/2014/02/18-nc-hospital-patients-exposed-rare-brain-disease/#.U013IFdjt8E
  8. Farxiga: FDA Approves New Drug for Type 2 Diabetes: http://investorplace.com/2014/01/farxiga-type-2-diabetes-azn-stock/#.U013JVdjt8F

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