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How can sedatives treat my insomnia?

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Sedatives are drugs that help you fall asleep. A type called benzodiazepine sedatives include triazolam (Halcion), estazolam, lorazepam (Ativan), temazepam (Restoril), flurazepam, and quazepam (Doral). Non-benzodiazepine sedatives include zolpidem (Ambien, Intermezzo), eszopiclone (Lunesta), and zaleplon (Sonata).

If you can addicted to sedatives if you take them for a long time. They also can be dangerous if you mix them with alcohol or other drugs that depress the central nervous system. They can cause morning sleepiness, although side effects are generally less severe with the non-benzodiazepines. A prescription oral spray called Zolpimist, which contains Ambien's active ingredient, can be used for short-term treatment of insomnia.

SOURCES: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Insomnia" and "Sleep Disorders: Insomnia." 

WebMD Health News: "Oral Spray Sleep Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2017

SOURCES: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Insomnia" and "Sleep Disorders: Insomnia." 

WebMD Health News: "Oral Spray Sleep Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2017

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