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Re: Ambien or Ativan? Bela

Posted by owensmar on August 31, 2004, at 19:41:43

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

Dear Bela,

You do have my sympathy. I wish someone could come up with a non-tolerance producing and non addictive drug that could just put you to sleep within 20 minutes of going to bed. I've often said that my Ativan addiction was the best thing that could have happened to me because it assured me I would never let myself get addicted to anything again. And that's because the withdrawal from it was so horrible. It's been almost twenty years (1986) and I still remember the fifth day of it in vivid detail.

I don't think Ambien is quite as scary as ATivan though. ANd I was on the ATivan a lot longer than you've been on Ambien. I'm hoping for a change to my A/D regimen that will improve my ability to fall asleep at night.

I just realized today (thinking about all this a lot since we've been talking) that I've built a large part of my life around being able to fall asleep at night. What I eat and when I eat it, my caffeine intake, what time I take my bath, what I wear to bed, whether I let my cats in the room, my whole 2-hour ritual before bedtime. It's really kind of sick.

ANd speaking of prescription drug addiction tendencies, why can't they go ahead and invent a nice non addictive drug that feels good (a la SOMA in *Brave New World* (or is it *1984*?) so that we can all have a break sometimes???





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