Posted by ZenTen on December 1, 2004, at 9:23:19
In reply to Re: Sleep benzos » anxiety_free, posted by simcha on November 30, 2004, at 12:43:22
Hi. I am sorta in the same situation as you. 35.00 copay for Ambien and 10 for generic Benzos.
I have prob tried all the usual ones used here in the U.S. at some point. Valium, Serax, Ativan, Klonopin, Halcion, Restoril, Xanax and I currently take Ambien. For me it relaxes me a bit more for some reason than other sleeping pills.
I personally liked Restortil/temazepam the best. First at 15mgs and then at 30mgs. It didn't for me make my head as groggy as say klonopin. I even take minute doses for anxiety. And even though it takes forever to kick in, I feel its the cleanest benzo for me. It only comes in Capsules here in the U.S. which I am not too fond of. Because if you want to adjust doses it makes it difficult.
I thought halcion was all hype... granted at the time I was taking 2mgs of Klonopin a day. it didnt even put me to sleep at the max dose. it felt like any other benzo. Maybe, I am just strange.
Ambien seems to cause more hallucination than Halcion, if you try and stay up while you are on it....much more so than any other benzo i have taken. I am assuming it must also be effecting dopamine to be having this effect. Unfortunatly, after 3 years of almost steady use, the Ambien doenst do anything at all--unless I take it with something else.
I find taking ambien under the tongue. Letting it absorb .... (make sure you are in bed when doing this) makes it work quicker and stronger.... also if you take it with food it seems to make it 50% less effective and forever to kick it.