Does Trazodone work as well as Ambien for sleep?
Question posted by clawhome on 24 Sep 2013
Last updated on 9 November 2020
The "best" medication is the one that you respond to better. Every individual responds differently to every drug so it's just a matter of trial and error to find what's most effective for you.
Ambien caused me to sleepwalk. Trazodone puts me to sleep within 15 mins, for a good 6 hours or more.
I have been taking Ambien for 10 years and sadly developed a tolerance to it. I have been off Ambien for 7 days and I am experiencing the worst bought of insomnia. I have had maybe 8 hours of sleep in the past 7 days. I will sleep about 30 minutes at a time. I am really suffering, but I want to wean myself off because I really dont want to be on any medication that debilitates my body like this. I also felt like I was going through withdrawal. I called my doctor and he said there is no withdrawal from Ambien and prescribed 50 MG trazodone. I have not taken it yet. If it provides the same effect as an OTC drug, then I don't want to try it.
Trazodone didn't help me sleep at all. Ambien has always worked better. It does depend on different variables though. Like how high is the dosage of Trazodone. How often do you need to take something to sleep? Do you have a sleep disorder that causes insomnia or do you have insomnia & chronic pain?
As mentioned above, it depends on the person which sleep medications work best. Another sleep med other than either Trazodone or Ambien may be best for you. The main problem with Ambien is that long-term use of it is associated with drug tolerance, drug dependence and rebound insomnia. It has been recommended that Ambien be used for short periods of time using the lowest effective dose. These problems have not been reported about Trazodone. Also, some users of Ambien have reported unexplained sleepwalking, sleep driving, binge eating while asleep, and performing other daily tasks while sleeping with no memory of it afterwards. Good luck to you finding a medication that best works for you.
The best sleeping pills are the ones that work for you. Because every person is different, sometimes you need to experiment to figure out what works best for you.
Ambien is probably more effective in treating insomnia. However, as an antidepressant, trazodone has the advantage of treating insomnia while treating concurrent conditions like depression or psychological disorders.
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