Sleeping Pill Drug Information


Sleeping pills are classified as sedative hypnotics and work on receptors in the brain to slow down the nervous system to induce and maintain sleep.  The newer medications do have a different chemical structure from a benzodiazepine, but they act more specifically in the same area of the brain on the Gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors (GABA). Therefore the hypnotic effects are similar to benzodiazepines even though sleeping pills are molecularly distinct.  The term non-benzodiazepines was given to these new classes of sleeping pills, making many believe they will not experience dependence. But the warnings from the manufactures of zolpidem (Ambien) state, “Complex behaviors such as somnambulism, including driving or eating while not fully awake, with amnesia for the event, as well as abnormal behaviors such as being more outgoing or aggressive than normal, confusion, agitation and hallucinations may occur.” Continuous use is not recommended for more than 7--14 days. Similar warnings appear for all sleeping pills.

A trial performed by Dr. J.F. Pagel, a sleep physician at the University of Colorado Medical School, indicated that bizarre actions being committed while on sleeping pills are very prevalent.  There have been 4 cases of murder in which the defendant was found not guilty due to a blackout and subsequent amnesia while on sleeping pills. 

Rebound insomnia is the inability to sleep that occurs following the discontinuation of sleeping pills. Regular use of these substances can cause dependence and when the medication is stopped, the rebound insomnia can be worse than the sleep issues the drug was intended to treat.

Sleeping pills are considered to have less potential for addiction than benzodiazepines, but evidence is mounting that they share the same side effects and dependence tendency.  

Side Effects May Include: Memory loss, Behavioral changes including less inhibition or aggressiveness, Abnormal thinking, Night eating or driving with amnesia, Loss of concentration, Depression, Manic reactions, Suicidal thoughts, Loss of identity, Hypertension, Tachycardia, Angina, Sudden falls, Heart attacks, Confusion, Agitation, Sleepi<br/>ness, Poor coordination, Dizziness, Insomnia, Excessive sleepiness, Anxiety, Gastrointestinal issues, Headaches


Sleeping Pill Drug Names Include
- Zopiclone (Lunesta)
- Zalepn (Sonata)
- Zolpidem (Ambien)
- Belsomra



Melatonin Receptor Agonist Hypnotic:
Ramelteon (Rozerem) is a melatonin receptor agonist that mimics the sleep regulation hormone melatonin. It is used for sleep onset problems and is not effective for difficult staying asleep. Ramelteon is a short-acting drug that clears the body within an hour or two and in trials the most common side effects were fatigue, sluggishness and dizziness. Whether it will prove to be safe and effective is still uncertain.

Because of the insufficient information and trials, Ramelteon is not recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers or children. Certain medications, including fluvoxamine (antidepressant), compete with Ramelteon to bind the enzymes in the liver that break the drug down. This will slow the clearance and elimination from the body and increase the risk of side effects.  Those with liver disease should not take Ramelteon and alcohol should not be combined or hallucinations, depression, irritability and confusion may occur.


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      Ambien Amineptine Amphetamine
      Amitriptyline Amitriptylinoxide Amoxapine
      Anafranil Anxiron Aponal
      Aropax Asendin Ativan
      Atomoxetine Avanza Aventyl
      Benmoxin Belsomra Bespar
      Bolvidon Bromam Bromazepam
      Bupropion Buspar Buspimen
      Buspinol Buspirone Buspisal
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      1. C
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        Centroton Chantix Chlordiazepoxide
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        Clorazepate Cloxazolam Cipralex
        Cipramil Cinolazepam Citalopram
        Citox Coaxil Compendium
        Concerta Creosedin Cylert
      Dalcipran Dalmadorm Dalmane
      Dapoxetine Davedax Daytrana
      Demexiptiline Deptran Desipramine
      Desyrel Desoxyn Desvenlafaxine
      Dexedrine Dimetacrine Dexmethylphenidate
      Diazepam Dibenzepin Difemetorex
      Doral Dormicum Dormonoct
      Doxepin Dosulepin Duloxetine
    Edronax Effexor Elavil
    Emovit Enact Escitalopram
    Esertia Estazolam Eszopiclone
    Etrafon Euhypnos  
    Fecamfamine Fevarin Fluctan
    Fluoxetine Flunitrazepam Flurazepam
    Fluvoxamine Focalin Fontex
    Frisium Frontal  


    Gabapentin Gamanil Gerodorm
    Halazepam Halcion Havlane
    Imipramine Imipraminoxide Imovane
    Iproclozide Iproniazid Isocarboxazid
    Kalma Klonopin  
    Lamictal Leftamine Lexapro
    Lexaprin Lexomil Lexotan
    Lexotanil Librium Lisdexamfetamine
    Lofepramine Lorabenz Loramet
    Loprazolam Lorazepam Lormetazepam
    Ludiomil Lunesta Lustral
    Maneon Maprotiline Mazindol
    Mebanazine Meprobamate Meprospan
    Metadate Metapramine Methamphetamine
    Methyphenidate Melitracen Mianserin
    Midazolam Milnacipran Mirtabene
    Mirtaz Mirtazapine Mirtazon
    Moclobemide Mogadon  
    Neurontin Nialamide Nitrazepam
    Nordazepam Nortriptyline Nitroxazepine
    Norebox Norpramin Normison
    Norval Noxibel Noxiptiline
    Octamoxin Oxazepam  
    Pamelor Paroxetine Paxil
    Paxipam Pemoline Pertofrane
    Pertofraneis Phenelzine Prazepam
    Pristiq Propizepine Pipofezine
    Pipradrol Prolift Prolintane
    Promotil Promyrtil Pronoctan
    ProSom Prothiaden Protriptyline
    Prozac Pyrovalerone  
    Quazepam Quinupramine  
    Ramelteon Reboxetine Remergil
    Remergon Remeron Restoril
    Rexer Ritalin Rivotril
    Rohypnol Rozerem  
    Safrazine Selegiline Serafem
    Serax Seromex Seronil
    Seropram Seroxat Sertraline
    Setiptiline Sobril Silenor
    Sinequan Sinquan Sintamil
    Sipralexa Solvex Sonata
    Sonin Stablon Stesolid
    Strattera Surmontil Saphris
    Tafil Temazepam Temesta
    Thombran Tofranil Tianeptine
    Tranylcpromine Tranxene Trazodone
    Trialodine Triavil Triazolam
    Trimipramine Trittico Tryptizol
    Valaxona Valium Venlafaxine
    Vestra Versed Viloxazine
    Vivactil Vival Vyvanse
    Xanax Xanor Xeristar
    Zalepn Zispin Zoloft
    Zolpidem Zopiclone Zyban





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