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Re: SONATA (Zaleplon) for Insomnia: anything about?

Posted by alesta on September 2, 2004, at 18:12:42

In reply to SONATA (Zaleplon) for Insomnia: anything about?, posted by eve70 on September 2, 2004, at 13:12:54


i am posting this info from chemist, who is blocked at the moment. here is the info he wanted me to give you:

the long half-life of the benzodiazepine-derivative you have tried is making you sluggish. further, the onset of action is not strong enough to be used for the purposes of acute insomnia. zaleplon is not a benzodiazepine, but a sedative-hypnotic from a class of drugs that includes zolpidem and alpidem. zaleplon is useful for people who cannot fall asleep, but do not have trouble staying asleep. the emivite (half-life) is so short that one can take it repeatedly through the night. it sounds as if your case calls for something that has a slightly longer emivite, and that is zolpidem (Ambien in the U.S.). the drug is out of your system by morning and, further, your sleeping pattern will remain intact, which is a problem with benzos/derivatives. if zolpidem is not to your liking, try the benzo/benzo-derivatives temazepam or triazolam, the latter of which is marketed as Halcion in the U.S. and has a very short emivite (half-life).

good luck!
amy :)




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