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What does hypnotic drug mean such as lorazapam and ambien (zolpidem) and are these really thd best to use on first time situational anxiety?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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.

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Last updated May 14, 2017

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