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Re: 15-20 mg of Ambien per night? Does insurance cover

Posted by ZenTen on April 12, 2005, at 8:44:57

In reply to 15-20 mg of Ambien per night? Does insurance cover, posted by fachad on April 12, 2005, at 1:02:03

> > Unfortunatly, I had VERY high hopes and was very very disappointed with it. I was sure it was going to be great. It DOES have a cross-tolerance with Ambien. I've been on 15-20mgs of Ambien a night for almost 2 years straight and basically it doesnt do anything unless, I take that with Restoril 30mgs--it used to be a miracle sleep-aide for dont get me wrong, I love Ambien.
> >>>>>
As to your question, yes its the FDA max dose is 10mgs. But 10mgs is not such a high dose long-term, its about equivalent too 5-10mgs of Valium for every 10 of Ambien--so, I have read at least.
Yes, it is expensive, my insurance covers the first #32 10mgs pills and I pay for the rest (if I feel like it) out of pocket.

There is no law (In the U.S., that I know of) stating a doctor can't exceed labelled dosing limits! If that were the case, Effexor XR would never be RX'd over 225mgs a day. It's all about what the doctor has experience with, as far as doses and the liability they wish to assume.

I have been on Lunesta over 4 nights here and can honestly say, at least for me, I don't plan on getting it again. There are far better Benzo's for sleep that at least when they dont work to fall asleep, they make you relaxed. Luneta doesn't appear to have any noticeable anxiolitic effects. I suppose this is also individual.

I tend to think
> I thought the max dose of Ambien was 10mg per night. I'm sure that's the offical dose limit.
> My insurance co-pay is high for Ambien $50/month, but they will not cover more than 30 10mg tablets per month because that is the maximum approved dose.
> Does your insurance cover the 15-20 mg/Ambien per night or do you self pay for it?




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