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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?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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.

Answered Dec 10, 2013

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Dr. Chevies Newman answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

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.

Answered Feb 5, 2013

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