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Z-drugs (The Other Benzos): An In-Depth Look at Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

The Z-drugs: Ambien. Lunesta. Sonata. What are these? Are they benzos? Hypnotics? When did they hit the market? Can they cause dependence? Withdrawal? BIND? These questions and more will be discussed in our feature today.

In today’s episode, we focus on nonbenzodiazepines, or Z-drugs. How are they like benzodiazepines, and how are they different? We also answer some questions about dosage, duration, and rebounding and we hear a story of struggle from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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02:09 My Podcast Voice

05:33 Progress on Website

06:33 Peer Support Training Update

09:10 Struggles, Symptoms, and the Podcast

14:47 A reason why, or just coincidence?


18:58 Does dosage or duration matter?

21:24 Rebound from medical procedures?


32:28 FEATURE: Z-drugs

34:38 What are Z-drugs?

36:00 When did Z-drugs hit the market?

36:36 Do Z-drugs act like BZDs on the body?

37:54 Z-drugs often partnered with BZDs

39:46 What are Z-drugs prescribed for?

40:07 The Quest for the Magic Pill

42:04 Are Z-drugs less likely to cause symptoms?

45:06 What are the Z-drug side effects?

47:02 Are Z-drug symptoms different?

48:20 How to taper from Z-drugs?

49:05 BZD and Z-drug Terminology




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FEATURE: Z-drugs


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The Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).


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