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A 29-year-old female asked:

I took a 1mg ativan over 24 hours ago. is it safe to take an ambien (zolpidem) for sleep?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ususally safe: If the medications were prescribed this is usually ok. I say that because i was once prescribed a benzodiazepine for a back injury - and slept for over 24 hours straight after taking one pill. In this case, i wouldn't give a sleep med to someone who was already very sedated. Normally it is fine to take the medications as you propose. Take care.
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Yes.: If you have healthy kidneys, Ativan has a duration of less than 24 hours in the body after ingestion, and an effective anti-anxiety duration of 6-9 hours. It is eliminated through the kidneys, so variances in liver enzymes are not a factor.If you have taken Ambien (zolpidem) in the past without adverse effects, it is safe to do so now.

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