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Re: Ambien or Ativan?

Posted by Minnie-Haha on August 31, 2004, at 13:58:10

In reply to Re: Ambien or Ativan?, posted by Bela on August 31, 2004, at 12:48:31

> Marsha, I am actually beginnning to think that the Ambien encourages depression, too. I realize that may come as bad news, and until recently, I thought the opposite, but now I am not sure. Yes, I get a reasonably good sleep from it, but frequently I wake up very depressed and often remain so all day or at least until the effects of the Ambien wear off. I don't know if there is a relationship there or not;it is confusing to me. All I know is that prior to gettng hooked on Ambien in 1997, I was a morning person, and loved the early morning. I rarely had a problem getting up. Of course I was a little younger then, too, but the difference now is profound; I loathe many mornings now days.

It's really confusing, depressing, etc., how often drugs that are supposed to help anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc., list as side effects anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc.!

For instance, at, Ambien's rather short list of common side effects is: allergy, daytime drowsiness, dizziness, drugged feeling, headache, indigestion, and nausea. However, the list of less common side effects (over 70!) includes anxiety, depression, and insomnia. On the other hand, HealthSquare's list of Ativan's more common side effects is: dizziness, sedation (excessive calm), unsteadiness, and weakness. But it's list of less common side effects (12) includes agitation, depression, and sleep disturbance.




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