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A 18-year-old female asked:

What are the most common symptoms and effects when valium 10mg and ambien (zolpidem) 10mg are combined for a single time use, and what is the average duration?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Do not: Use these two medications together! They are too close to having the same properties to use at the same time. Valium is a benzodiazepine used as a sedative, muscle relaxor and antiaxiety medication and Ambien (zolpidem) is a hypnotic/sedative. A combination of the both could cause breathing problems and could be fatal.
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 38 years experience
Wow: I'd avoid that combination. Valium is relatively short acting. Ambien (zolpidem) should only be taken if you have a window of 8 hours where you expect to be asleep. Have somebody keep an eye on you to make sure you don't get in trouble (respiratory suppression, sleep walking etc). Realize that Ambien (zolpidem) is for occasional use (insomnia). Valium is a skeletal muscle relaxer / sedative. (occasional use mostly)
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Last updated Apr 19, 2016

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