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A 36-year-old male asked:

i was advised not to take zolpidem ( ambian) on daily basis so that i dont get used to it and then stops workin. what other alternative prescription in days i dont take.i tried melatonin makes me miserable and dont stay asleep. severe severe insomna?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Insomnia: There a re few other Rx medications you can ask your doctor about such as Lunesta or Belsomra. Over the counter Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM often helps people sleep. Benadryl is often Rx'd by some docs at 50mg nightly to help with sleep as well. Ask you doctor for other alternatives since they are telling you to take the ambien as needed sporadically only. They should have continuity of care and know.
Dr. Jana Tomsky corvalan
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Agree but sleep disorder is usdual end result of other condition. Life style should be reviewed ( shift work, obesity, skeep apnea, stimulants and alcohol use..)Exercisr habits,depression, anxiety.. and nore can trigger insomnia. Treatment depends on causes.
Mar 6, 2016
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
General Practice 17 years experience
See a sleep doctor: For severe daily insomnia, you need to get to the root of it with a sleep specialist. This will take time and patience. You have to get away from the idea that you need to take something every night. This will just cause a never-ending reliance on pills. Lifestyle changes are the key: avoid alcohol, keep a regular sleep/wake schedule, no caffeine or tobacco, exercise regularly, maybe try hypnosis?

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