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I will have to respectfully XXXXX XXXXX the above answer. First you need to see a sleep specialist and if needed a sleep study. There is no real point in tapering off of ambien and then going on lunesta. They are both short acting sleep medications to induce sleep, and generally are not indicated for long term use. [usually 4 to 6 weeks tops] If your problem is staying asleep then another medication should be used.
If the insomnia is related to anxiety or depression, yet another type. And there are others, so the choice can be more expertly individualized if needed.
Problems such as sleep apnea and others would be treated in other ways.
I would also like to address your question about safety. Most sleep medicines can not be considered completely safe and benign for long term use. Recent very good studies, once again, have indicated problems with early mortality and increased cancer rates with long term use of these medications. Now you see the reason I think you need to see a specialist to address your sleep problems.See this article.http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20120227/sleeping-pills-called-as-risky-as-cigarettes
I am not saying that they can not be used, but the reality is that lunesta is as implicated as ambien and others in this problem.I have a lot of experiences with this and appropriate training as well...let me know if you have further questions.
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