Prescription Sleep Aids: Lunesta vs. Ambien

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

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

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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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