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A 37-year-old member asked:

I had a large ischenic stroke 2years ago i can't dream or feel awake during day is ambien (zolpidem) safe to take?on it i get to sleep but feel unrefreshed the ne

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Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
See your Neurologist: It sounds like you may need a sleep study & further evaluation. For instance if you have sleep apnea, you may be at risk for further cerebral vascular problems. Ambien (zolpidem) is probably safe but may be masking some other problem.
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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Stroke: When the brain is injured either from vascular accidents or close brain injury it responds differently than healthy brains to psychoactive medications. As a general rule medications such as benzodiazepines or equivalent may cause disinhibition behaviors such as agitation. So the general rule when treating is to go low and slow. Your doctor needs to monitor closely.
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Maybe something: Better than ambien (zolpidem). There are many medications that can be used for improving sleep that might not leave you feeling badly the next day.
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Not the best: Ambien (zolpidem) is probably not the best especially after a stroke. Would be better to avoid meds altogether. Sleeping problems are often do to poor sleep hygiene such as daytime napping, caffeine, etc. Talk to your doctor.
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Not the best: Ambien (zolpidem) is probably not the best especially after a stroke. Would be better to avoid meds altogether. Sleeping problems are often do to poor sleep hygiene such as daytime napping, caffeine, etc. Talk to your doctor.
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Last updated Nov 18, 2016

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