Ambien (zolpidem) or Lunesta (eszpiclone) to sleep?
Q: I’m kind of curious why I’ve never had anyone here mention that they take Ambien (zolpidem) or Lunesta (eszpiclone) to sleep as opposed to an Atarax (hydroxyzine)?
A: The problem with some of these sleeping drugs is that they have their own side-effect issues. Particularly in children, the chronic use of Ambien, Lunesta, etc., is clearly not approved. When I do have kids with really significant eczema, I do call a sleep expert in. I like to document what’s happening at night, and I use some of these experts’ advice regarding how can we help the child get good sleep. There are some techniques under the guidance of a sleep specialist that would probably be useful.
Excerpted from the Ask-the-Experts Session, 2010 NEA Conference