What does hypnotic drug mean such as lorazapam and ambien (zolpidem) and are these really thd best to use on first time situational anxiety?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Hypnotics: "hypnotic" drugs are prescribed specifically to induce sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) is one. Lorazepam is a short-acting benzodiazepine with multiple uses. In low doses it can be helpful in anxiety, and in higher doses can also induce sleep. You would not prescribe Ambien (zolpidem) for basic anxiety, though. All the hypnotics can be habit forming. Non-drug methods are the first step in situational anxiety.
4.5k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated May 14, 2017
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.