Both secobarbital, or Seconal, and zolpidem, or Ambien, are medications that are commonly prescribed for the treatment of insomnia when other nonmedical treatment cannot be fully implemented or are not effective.
Though both drugs are similar, each has some characteristics that may make it more or less appropriate for the individual in need of regular, restful sleep. For example, secobarbital is classified as a barbiturate and may also be used to quell the anxiety of a patient before surgery. Comparatively, zolpidem is classified as a sedative-hypnotic drug and is rarely prescribed for any other purpose than the treatment of insomnia. Depending on the effect each of these drugs has on the individual and the use of other medications that may or may not create negative interactions, either Seconal or Ambien may be the better choice.
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