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Re: withdrawing from sleeping pill addiction at home? » lou pilder

Posted by Cam W. on February 14, 2002, at 22:24:15

In reply to Re: withdrawing from sleeping pill addiction at home? » Greg, posted by lou pilder on February 14, 2002, at 22:02:32

Lou - A vast majority of people, if they use hypnotics responsibly, will have absolutely no problem stopping them. Long term Ambien™ (zolpidem) use is far easier to stop than than an equivalent dosage of any benzodiazepine over the same duration of time.

The anecdotal evidence from one or two people must be regarded with caution. We do not know the full medical history of those who posted those responses; nor do we know what other drugs (licit or elicit) they may be using concommitantly. We also do not know if these people have withdrawn slowly (eg. over a period of 2 or more weeks - depending upon what dose they were taking and the duration of the drug's use). Also, some people, due to their individual body chemistry, will have bad reactions (eg. allergic, idiosyncratic, etc.) to some medications.

These are only some factors that must be taken into consideration before a complete story can be elicited. Sweeping generalizations can do more harm than good. One must dig for the facts.

Just my clinical opinion. - Cam




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