Psychiatry & Psychology--General/ambien

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lately there is a flood of literatire about ambien causing memory and possibly.dementia.i asked my pharmist,he said there are so much conflicting reports he is confused.there was a study done with 4000 people taking ambien every nite for 2 years with no real bad side effects.he suggestes take ambien for 10 days nitely,then take a break for 10 days then go back takinf it 10 days on and 10 days off.whats your opion.i tried lunesta it would not put a bird to sleep.thanks howard

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There is no "flood of literature" about Ambien causing dementia -- there is no literature on this at all, in fact.  If you know of such from a peer reviewed journal, you should forward it to me.

All the benzodiazepines, and their cousins, have been known for years to cause memory problems, which are reversible once the medication is stopped.

ALL hypnnotics (sleep agents) should be used ONLY as an as needed basis.  There is no good literature to say that using them nightly works after a number of weeks.

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Dr. Daniel S. Harrop received his B.A. and his M.D., both from Brown, and his M.B.A. from the Edinburgh Business School, Scotland. Board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry, he is a past president of the R.I. Psychiatric Society and a member of the Committee on Medical Quality of the American Psychiatric Association and the Committee on Continuing Medical Education of the R.I Medical Society. He serves as a consultant to four of the top five major medical management companies, including OptumHealth/United Healthcare, Magellan Behavioral Health Services, ValueOptions and APS Healthcare, and maintains a private practice in Providence, R.I. He also serves as chief psychiatric consultant on the Medical Advisory Board at the R.I. Workers Compensation Court. He was formerly on the faculty at the medical schools at both Brown University and Harvard University.

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