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For those that are debating to go off Ambien

Posted by lou pilder on February 15, 2002, at 9:58:25

In reply to Re: Lou's answer to Cam and others Cam W., posted by lou pilder on February 15, 2002, at 9:32:39

> > Lou - Overgeneralizations and fear-mongering do more harm than good. The reason that "all" hypnotics carry the 7 to 10 day warning is because that rebound insomnia "may" occur in a number of people who stop these meds after this period of time. Remember, the product monographs that contain this warning are lawyers documents written by lawyers for lawyers. To be read properly, a monograph must be interpreted as such (ie. as drug company protection against this excitable and litigous society in which we live).
> >
> > The people that I am referring to do not have chronic sleep problems, nor are they people with chronic disorders. The guidelines were based on trials of "healthy" people given the drug over a period of time. They were also based on the clinical observations that many people who stopped hypnotics (ie. benzodiazepine hypnotics) after long term use would suffer from rebound insomnia.
> >
> > Rebound insomnia is, in a very vast majority of cases (ie. in cases where there is not an underlying sleep disorder) a self-limiting phenomena, lasting no more than a week or two. This is irritating to the person experiencing it, but hardly "life-threatening" and most definitely not "addiction"; dependence perhaps (which is also self-limiting, albeit sometimes uncomfortable). Addiction is losing it's true meaning in today's society.
> >
> > It is very hard to become physically addicted to benzodiazepines, and even harder to do so with Ambien. You actually have to work at it and abuse the drugs (ie. take increasingly higher doses over a long period of time). This, in most cases, happens when the hypnotics are not being used therapeutically, but are being used for "escape."
> >
> > Please understand, the media must put a sensational spin on stories in order to be able to sell them. Facts don't sell a story, presentation does. This is why our society is hooked on marketing. If the media had said that a few people, who had taken hypnotics for a long period of time had a couple weeks of sleeplessness and anxiety when stopping said drugs, no one would have noticed.
> >
> > People tend to exaggerate their symptoms, as well. We often (esp. men < lol >) tend to act sicker than we really are, for many reasons: to elicit sympathy; to get out of doing a chore or work because we are feeling less than able; or our bodies telling us to rest so that we can heal more readily.
> >
> > Lou, do not believe everything that you read. Always ask yourself what are the motives behind any statement. Also, if a claim (esp. exceptional or horrendous) sounds too good/bad it is most probably exaggerated (eg. cold fusion, Ester-C, shark cartilage, pyramid marketing, 72 willing virgins for eternity, etc.).
> >
> >
> > - Cam
>
> Cam and others.
> Ambien is classified as a scehdual IV drug by the federal government.
> Lou

Group people;
For those that want to hear about Ambien, AKA Zaleplon, stay on this board and I will give you information that will help you decide. Zaleplon,(Ambien) is listed as a class IV drug along with benzodiazapines and narcotics by the Federal Government. Now that is a fact. It is not my opinion. I will stay with what I have experianced, with facts, and with the reports from people that have taken this drug and wanted offf of it. I have given only 2 reports, but not because there are not more, but because of the time it takes for me to find the report. If anyone wants more of these reports, I will take the time to send them to this board for I believe that it is worth the effort for me to do so. If you want to continue on this drug or any other drug, that is one thing. But let the people thst want to get off of do so. They need to know how to do that and there are ways to withdraw from all drugs. I am only here to help those that want to do that. Drugs are not for evryone. Some people want to get off of them. Let them hear.
Lou

 

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