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Is ambien (zolpidem) cr right for me if i have insomnia and mild depression due to insomnia?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Avoid hypnotics: One should avoid taking sleeping pills if possible as they are habit forming. See a specialist in sleep disorders to help your sleep disturbance. If the depression is not due to the insomnia, then an evaluation by a psychologist or psychiatrist is recommended.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Recommend trying: sleep hygiene and medications that are not habit forming first. Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea

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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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