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A 33-year-old female asked:

In ambien (zolpidem) for 2 wks. was 5 mg but doc upped to 7.5 2 days ago. very dizzy this afternoon. possibly med related? been 19 hrs since last dose.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
I don't know if : Your dizziness is related to your medication. Dizziness/ light headedness and sedation can occur. If chronic sleep medication is needed then there are many options besides ambien (zolpidem). Ensure you are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
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& no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. Acupuncture can also aid sleep.
Nov 3, 2013
Last updated Dec 19, 2013


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