Posted by Daveman on June 21, 2001, at 22:03:53
In reply to Re: Remeron vs Ambien ...i have both, try which first?, posted by kid_A on June 20, 2001, at 15:30:34
Hey Kid A:
I've taken both. Ambien knocked me out like a light but I woke up a few hours later- it is a potent hypnotic but has a short half-life. I've been on Remeron 15 mg. at bedtime since February. At first, it knocked me out immediately and kept me asleep for 10 hours or more- it was so sedating I was able to taper off of Klonopin, which I had been taking for sleep. After a month or so, this began to ease, and for the last several months I have found Remeron to be a subtle but effective sleep aid- it takes about an hour, but I always get to sleep, and the daytime sedation is minimal.
As always, Your Milaege May Vary, but I would always choose a non-addictive med like Remeron over a potentially addictive med like Ambien. While Ambien is not as addictive as the benzo sleeping meds (i.e., Halcion, Dalmane), it does react with the some of the same receptors and eventually can be addictive. So, if you're looking for something to take occasionally as needed, a med like Ambien works just fine (I even keep some on hand, tho I've had the same four pills left since February); but if you're looking for something to take regularly, Remeron would be my choice.