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Lawrence, KS
A 43-year-old male asked:

Request ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule. current dose = ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.d. at bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...desire taper from ambien (zolpidem). otc meds (melatonin) help?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Work w/your doctor: For this question, it's best to work with your own physician so that you and s/he can be on the same page together. You need to be followed so that help is available if any of your symptoms return, etc.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
If u stop Ambien (zolpidem): You will have one night of bad sleep then return to tour baseline level of bad sleep. Maybe just go with a 5 mg dose but if you re develop insomnia do not consider it a failure to resume. Without sleep you may find yourself back on an ssri. If u have had depression more than once it's recommended to stay on something. Think neuroprotection. Brain is healthier on meds and treated. Gd luck.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Please talk to your doc. before making any changes.
Feb 5, 2013

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