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How long do i need to wait to drink after taking ambien (zolpidem)?

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Dr. Jane Steiner
Psychiatry 43 years experience
go right to sleep!: If you mean drink alcohol, don't! if you simply meant you wanted a drink of water, there is a sublingual form of zolpidem called edular that does require you to wait a while before having anything to eat or drink; however, you are supposed to put yourself in bed, and be ready to fall asleep after taking Ambien or you could get yourself into trouble doing something unsafe you do not remember.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How many hours should I wait after drinking a few beers and taking an ambien (zolpidem)?

1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
24: It is very dangerous to combine any sedative and alcohol. Ambien (zolpidem) is particularly dangerous. It has a negative side effect of causing you to act out your dreams, and that side effects is more likely to happen if combined with alcohol. If you drink any alcohol, do not use Ambien (zolpidem) until the next alcohol-free night.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long should I wait after two drinks to take ambien (zolpidem)?

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Dr. Austina Cho
Psychiatry 26 years experience
As long as possible: You should wait at least 12 hours before taking ambien (zolpidem). If the drinks were very strong, you should wait a few more hours. It is not a good idea to mix alcohol with sleeping pills as they can slow or stop your breathing in high doses and cause oversedation or coma. It is better to find other ways to treat insomnia including cognitive behavioral therapy.

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