Z-Drugs are prescribed for short term management of Insomnia
Like their benzodiazepine counterparts they too act at the GABA receptor. In studies that looked at zolpidem use in both human and animal models there was less risk of physical dependence than seen with benzodiazepines. However other animal studies demonstrated withdrawal symptoms which are comparable to those seen with chronic benzodiazepine treatment. PostScript360 have seen many people struggling with Z drugs.
What is GABA?
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter: a chemical messenger in your brain. It slows down your brain by blocking specific signals in your central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord). GABA is known for producing a calming effect.
In each of the manufacturer’s drug information guides there are warnings to use caution when prescribing these medications to patients with a history of drug or alcohol abuse.