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Is it dangerous to drink coffee and take a sleeping pill like ambien (zolpidem)?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Realize: The two may work against each other, as the caffeine in coffee is a stimulant and may keep you awake, while sleeping pills do the opposite. You may want to avoid drinking coffee within 2-4 hours of sleeping.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Used a drug: interaction checker which revealed no significant interaction btwn caffeine and ambien (zolpidem). But why take in a substance that stimulates with one that sedates?

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