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A 35-year-old male asked:

Can i add melatonin with another sleeping prescription such as zolpidem.is it safe?have severe insomnia. zolpidem knock me out only 4 hours then wokep

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gerald Morris
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Insomnia: You might want to consider taking a "medication holiday" from the ambien (zolpidem) 1 or 2 days a week to help reduce tolerance from building up. On those days you can use Melatonin or other herbal remedies like Valerian root or chamomile tea. Good luck.
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 38 years experience
You can certainly: try melatonin but it is an essentially ineffective medication. You should see a good psychologist to uncover the reasons for insomnia and try some non medicinal methods rather than rely on medication all of which eventually fail.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Sleep apnea?: Most important is addressing your obesity, because you could be waking up every four hours just from sleep apnea. So this needs to be worked up further by your PCP as increased oxygenation at night may allow you to sleep better than using additional medication combinations, or even melatonin. It's important for the weight to come off first, so that you will have improved health, and sleep.

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