I have been suffering with Social Phobia, Agoraphobia, and all pretty much horrible stress in social situations. I recently have been experimenting with drugs that have been prescribed for insomnia; being the fact that Insomnia is the main cause of too many thoughts to sleep etc, and whoala I found my miracle drug.
I am confident to say it made me from 8 sober, to around a 1 with 12.5MG. It did, however, cause an upset stomach but, as most anxiety sufferers know, physical pain is quite frankly a lot better if you don't care what people think and can talk to people again.
I took 12.5MG at around 12pm and it lasted for around 12 hours, most likely due to the reaction it had with me. I have been on Prozac and Xanax and all of that crap, but let's face it, ALL that stuff makes you feel zombiefied or perhaps really sedated. There's a difference with ambien, you feel somewhat energetic, that's why it was an odd reaction for me, and it leads me to believe that maybe, just maybe modern science has not looked ENOUGH into this horrible disorder that can cause you to be alone, isolated, and all of that junk.
So, if you have ambien near you and you can get a prescription, I would highly recommend for SEVERE social phobia. I had a different reaction and I have read the stories on this site and I am confident that there is a cure for this, or at least for the discomfort. However, ambien does have a tolerance, so be careful, but experiment the day in which you don't care about what people think with me, and you are, quite frankly normal.