Insomnia Drugs

Insomnia drugs medications come under the heading of depressants and are also referred to as sedatives or sedative-hypnotics.

All sleep medications work on the brain to promote drowsiness. Some drugs are specially designed as sleep aids; others are medicines with sedation as a side effect.

 Below are some frequently prescribed insomnia drugs

zolpidem  (Ambien)
Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
Zaleplon (Sonata)
Triazolam (Halcion)
Temazepam (Restoril)
Doxepin (Silenor)

Dependence – Tolerance – Addiction

Use over time, will cause users to build up a tolerance to the substance. This means that you’ll require more and more of the drug to get the same feelings as you originally did. This is dangerous and can result in an accidental overdose.


Do not stop taking Lunesta (or similar sleep aid) without talking to your doctor. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually. If you suddenly stop taking this drug you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, unusual dreams, stomach and muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and rarely, seizures.


Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms while taking Lunesta or any similar sleep aid: aggressiveness, strange or unusually outgoing behavior, hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist), feeling as if you are outside of your body, memory problems, new or worsening depression, thinking about killing yourself, confusion, and any other changes in your usual thoughts or behavior. Be sure that your family knows which symptoms may be serious so that they can call the doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own.

Under no circumstances attempt to withdraw from these drugs without proper ongoing medical supervision.