Is Zopiclone (Imovane)a good substitute for Zolpidem (Ambien)?

Published: February 18, 2013
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Dr. Teitelbaum, good day. Thank you very much for the great article "Getting Eight to Nine Hours of Sleep a Night - The Foundation of Pain Relief ". It is extremely insightful and helpful. In your article, you mention that you usually like to start off with Zolpidem (Ambien) for certain patients since this medication does not ruin stages 3 and 4 of sleep. I am a fibromyalgia patient from Canada, and unfortunately, this medication is not available here. I was curious if "Zopiclone" (Imovane) could be used instead (I did not find it on your list of medications in the article). Thank you very much for your time.

Answer

Yes. They are related medications and largely have the same effects. L&B, Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome From Fatigued to Fantastic! and his newer The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.  Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health. 

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