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A 37-year-old female asked:

Took ambien (zolpidem) 10mg for 2 year's. my dr changed me to 15mg diazapam. not working for insomnia. if i already took the valium 20mg can i take a 10mg ambien (zolpidem)?

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Dr. Azmat Qayyum
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
You. May: Why did your. Dr stop ambien (zolpidem)? You. Did not tell your. Age . Why did your dr start valium? If you needed something. For. Anxiety. Lorazepam. Would have been better . In my opinion both drugs are in the end are monster but if you had to take one. Take the one. Which helps you with least side effects . I would not take both just to sleep .Valium can give you more problems if you had to stop.
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
NO -- please don't!: Please do not take valium and Ambien (zolpidem) at the same time! you could end up overly sedated. Also, valium is not meant to be a sleep medication anyway. Please tell your doctor about this. It sounds like insomnia is a very significant problem for you, and needs further investigation (maybe sleep study?). Both Ambien (zolpidem) ; valium produce tolerance, making long-term use very problematic overall.
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Last updated Jul 14, 2020

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