View Full Version : Sleeping meds

11-10-10, 10:27 AM
I myself take Dex to get me up and going. But when its 10pm at night and I need to fall asleep in order to wake up by 5am. I need to take something to knock out. Or else I'll "waste" 2-4 hours "trying" to fall asleep! LOL

Is it bad that I rotate between xanax and ambien to fall asleep? I do 2 days ON Xanax and then 2 days ON Ambien. And back again to xanax 2 days, 2 days on ambien.

Is this bad?

09-04-11, 10:52 PM
Ambien is a nonbenzodiazepine(a misnomer for a benzodiazepine-like drug), with a very similar mode of action, so alternating between the two, isn't really the best plan.

If you have a weekend to waste, I would rather take some OTC sleep-aids with anti-histamines. Yes, the sleep is awful, yes you will feel groggy and hungover then next day, but most of the OTCs are not GABA modulators so you will give that part of your brain a rest.

Also, this is only advised if you aren't dependent on Xanax because stopping even for one night after prolonged use, might not be advised.