Posted by Elizabeth on February 2, 2002, at 11:47:55
In reply to Re: Ambien vs. Sonata vs. Ativan for insomnia?, posted by BarbaraCat on January 31, 2002, at 17:23:03
> Ambien in the only sleeper that does not cause that super loopy feel all morning.
It's very short-acting. Sonata is even shorter-acting and is often used for people to take when they wake up in the middle of the night.
> I take Klonopin during the day and 1/2 klonopin and 10 mg ambien at night. It usually works well without much morning grogginess.
I think the benzo + Ambien combination is a good one -- Ambien works fast, Klonopin works for a long time. I've also taken 1 mg Klonopin with 1 mg Xanax (Xanax is a fast-working benzo).
> I have developed a dependency on the ambien in that if I don't take it, I am up literally all night.
That's unusual -- the exception, not the rule. I wonder if taking it in combination with the Klonopin has to do with it.
> If I'm particularly wired, I'll take 1/2 klonopin and 1.5 ambien with some morning hangover.
I think there must be some synergy there, because Ambien really doesn't last all that long.
> I have heard some reports that ambien can cause depression.
It might. I think benzos (except maybe Xanax) are more likely to, though.