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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can i split ambien (zolpidem) in half, 5mg before bed and 5mg in the middle of the night. when i can't sleep anymore ?

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Dr. Antonio Garcia Merino
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Ambien (zolpidem) CR: You might want to try Ambien (zolpidem) cr that would do the same thing without having to split the tab or taking anything in theiddlenof the night.
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Dr. Kevin Nasky
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Yes, but...: ...That's not ideal. For some people, ambien's 2.3hr half-life is too short. First i'd try switching to Lunesta (6 hour half-life) or Ambien cr. If those are too long-acting (causing morning "hangover"), i'd go back to Ambien 10 at night, and sonata (zaleplon) (1hr half-life) for nighttime awakenings. With sonata (zaleplon), its half-life is so short, you can take in middle of night and usually be okay in the morning.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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