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A 24-year-old female asked:

I take 10mg of ambien (zolpidem) a night. i can't sleep without it have tried all herbal & melatonin. my ambien (zolpidem) doesn't work if i have eaten anything within 6hrs?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
Tolerance: Ambien (zolpidem) fails to work forever. It is a dangerous and unhealthy choice for chronic sleep problems. It does not allow one taking it to get full rest or to get natural sleep cycles. Using it daily leads to addiction. Addiction leads to tolerance and the drug becomes ineffective. You are not born with an "ambien' deficiency. Learning how to sleep naturally is the goal here. Please consider no ambie.
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Dr. Hindi Mermelstein
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Sleep hygiene is an underutelized techniquie to help people restore a more normal sleep-wake cycle. It should be part of all treatment for chronic insomnia as well as psychoeducation regarding sleep and sleep medications. Most medications for sleep, such as ambien were not meant for chronic use and may become less effective and even addicitve over time.
Apr 30, 2014
Last updated May 29, 2018


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