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A 40-year-old member asked:

what sort of problem does ambien (zolpidem) treat?

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Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Insomnia-temporarily: Ambien (zolpidem) is a medication taken at bedtime for insomnia and really has no other use. It is indicated for short term use. I tell patients to take the medication when they are in bed as it can sometimes cause periods of amnesia between when it is taken and when you go to sleep.
Dr. Laura Davies
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Difficulty Sleeping: Ambien (zolpidem) is a prescription medicine that is used after sleep hygiene has failed-- same bedtime, no caffeine after 1pm, exercise but not too close to bedtime, avoiding alcohol. It is also important to make sure there are no other issues such as anxiety or depression, or medical conditions such as thyroid disorders.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ambien (zolpidem): It works if you take the medicine & put your head down on pillow.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Does Ambien (zolpidem) have any negative side effects?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Ambien (zolpidem): Definitely. There are many serious side effects possible. Ask your medical doctor or your pharmacist to provide you with the manufacturers literature that details the many possible side effects.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can I take half of Ambien (zolpidem) before o go to bed then the other have in the middle of the night when I wake up?

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Dr. Jeffrey Junig
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: But try to take it only when you have at least 4 more hours, or you might be sedated when you wake, and in rare cases, act without any memory for what you do. The cr tab should not be broken, but the immediate release tab can be divided. That's better than taking two, as it helps keep you from getting too used to them-- which would eventually reduce their effectiveness.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Should you give Ambien (zolpidem) to someone with ptsd and is a recovering alcoholic?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
I would be very: Cautious in that situation and exhaust all other options before trying ambien. That said, sleep, good quality and length, is tremendously restoring. I have found that Lunesta (eszopiclone) can suppress nightmares in ptsd patients.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Strange or scary Ambien (zolpidem) side effects?

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Can: Strangest is the various sleep activities of which driving while eating was related to me from the psychiatrist of the patient. These variants are unpredictable and never--that i know of--as dramatic. I would not let this negate taking buproprion-that is generic for wellbutrin (bupropion). I assume all your papers are up to date.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Ambien (zolpidem) side effects when you get off the plane in london?

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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Lingering sleepiness: Depending on the length of your flight and if you took ambien/zolpidem when you took off, you may still feel sleepy, groggy, or a "hung-over" feeling. Generally set aside 8 hours when taking Ambien for sleep.

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