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Dale, IN
A 67-year-old female asked:

Is it better to take ambien (zolpidem) or melatonin?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sleep issues.: See you are already on Ativan at night & am for anxiety. Ambien (zolpidem) is a sleep medication that is designed for short term use. However, many people end up taking it chronically. You can become addicted to it. Different doctors may have differing thoughts on this but i would try melatonin first. If can be effective without the addiction potential. However, it is really important that you are using.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
good sleep hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent.
Aug 28, 2013
Dr. Jared Adams
12 years experience
Try melatonin first: Ambien (zolpidem) has many side effects.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Melatonin: Ambien (zolpidem) is prescription sleep aid. Melatonin is over the counter. Each works differently for different people. Best to get advice from your doc. Who knows your case better.
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Can you take cyclobenzeprine with ambien (zolpidem)?

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