For millions of people around the world insomnia is a way of life. It robs them of their ability to be able to get the rest they need or the ability to be as alert as they need to be during the day. There are several natural ways to go about treating this condition, assuming a person only has a mild case. However, for most people the condition is serious enough that it warrants the use of prescription medications. There are a ton of options out there, but two of the main options offered are Restoril and Ambien.
Both of these medications have several things in common. The main thing being that both had a lot of research and development put into them in order to ensure they actually helped insomnia sufferers. The next would be that both of them are fairly expensive in their brand name forms. Besides from this, people who are considering using one of these might be curious as to know about any major differences between them. Let’s take a look at this.
Both of these treat insomnia, but each of them makes use of different chemical compositions in order to do so
Restoril is what is known as a benzodiazepine. Ambien is what is known as a non-barbiturate hypnotic. While both of these are different types of medication both of them are designed to produce sedative feelings in a person by slowing down brain activity.
Now at first this might seem like a bad thing, but it’s actually very relaxing and it makes it easier for a person to get to sleep and stay asleep. The question here is whether or not the differences in chemical composition make for one of these being better than the other.
Yes, there’s a small chance that one might be better than the other in terms of the effects it produces, but the majority of this is going to depend on the person taking it. There are different degrees of insomnia. One person may find that for them Restoril seems to work better because their body responds better to the chemicals. It works the same way on the other side as well.
Both of these medications can be found in generic form, but there are differences in terms of their formulations. Restoril can only be had in oral capsule form. And for some this method of ingestion might prove problematic. Ambien on the other hand seems to be a lot more versatile in terms of how it can be found. It comes in the form of an oral tablet, a sublingual tablet as well as oral spray. There’s also a version available that’s extended-release in order to help keep a person sleep throughout the night.
Due to the differences in how Ambien can be ingested versus Restoril it can be said that Ambien has a slight edge over Restoril. However everyone isn’t going to respond to it the same way. Both of these are Schedule IV medications and there is a chance that someone can become overly dependent or abuse these. Neither one offers a lesser chance of this.