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In Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 wks. Was 5 mg but doc upped to 7.5 2 days ago. Very dizzy this afternoon. Possibly med related? Been 19 hrs since last dose.

In Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 wks. Was 5 mg but doc upped to 7.5 2 days ago. Very dizzy this afternoon. Possibly med related? Been 19 hrs since last dose.

I don't know if: Your dizziness is related to your medication. Dizziness/ light headedness and sedation can occur. If chronic sleep medication is needed then there are many options besides ambien (zolpidem). Ensure you are using excellent 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. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more


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She's been on 10 mg / daily of Ambien (zolpidem) for 28 days. She doesn't like how it makes her feel, so she skipped last night's dose. Today she's lightheaded and dizzy. She doesn't want to take this medicine any more. Can she safely stop?

She's been on 10 mg / daily of Ambien (zolpidem) for 28 days. She doesn't like how it makes her feel, so she skipped last night's dose. Today she's lightheaded and dizzy. She doesn't want to take this medicine any more. Can she safely stop?

Taper: Hi, due to possible withdrawal symptoms that she has a taper off the medication would be ideal. Try full dose and half dose every other day for one week, the next week go to half dose every day and finally half dose every other day with none on the other days for one week and off. She should also talk to the doctor about how the medicine is making her feel. ...Read more

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Could an Ambien (zolpidem) tab not activate right after ingesting? I wasn't able to fall asleep, but 8hrs later, I got dizzy with vertigo. I ate 2x in between.

Could an Ambien (zolpidem) tab not activate right after ingesting? I wasn't able to fall asleep, but 8hrs later, I got dizzy with vertigo. I ate 2x in between.

A bad generic?: I personally have taken a generic of Ambien (zolpidem) that while it did help me sleep caused me to feel dizzy, nauseous, and to have brief spell of vertigo in the morning as well. I have had patients describe certain generics that simply did not help with sleep when the brand always did. So while I am very concerned that people take Ambien (zolpidem) the correct way, I do believe there are some bad generics out there. ...Read more

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I took Seroquel 50 mg for a few months last year for insomnia. Started swelling stopped it. Taking it again along w ambien 10 mg. Been off and on ambien for long time. Now I am havingside effects of bad dizziness w combo after being on for two weeks?

I took Seroquel 50 mg for a few months last year for insomnia. Started swelling stopped it. Taking it again along w ambien 10 mg. Been off and on ambien for long time. Now I am havingside effects of bad dizziness w combo after being on for two weeks?

Seroquel (quetiapine): Seroquel can take some time to get used to. It is very sedating and if you combine it with ambien (zolpidem) I am not surprised that you are getting dizzy. Talk to your doctor about dose adjustments and maybe hold off the ambien (zolpidem). ...Read more

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Was dizzy tense and not sleeping well, got really anxious was given lorazapam 2 mgs by mistake, then given Ambien (zolpidem) could I have some brain issue from d?

Was dizzy tense and not sleeping well, got really anxious was given lorazapam 2 mgs by mistake, then given Ambien (zolpidem) could I have some brain issue from d?

Overdoing Medicine: I would imagine the combination of these pills really knocked you for a loop. That is like having drunk three bottles of wine all at once. Please do not continue taking these together or alone in any frequent way. If you stay away from them your brain should be just fine. ...Read more

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I have dizziness sometimes when I’m in bed. It happens when I move posture. 5 sec. Room is spinning and feel no gravity. Scary! What’s that?

I have dizziness sometimes when I’m in bed. It happens when I move posture. 5 sec. Room is spinning and feel no gravity. Scary! What’s that?

Vertigo: Studies show that when one feels the room spinning around vertigo is a likely diagnosis, and benign positional vertigo is likely if it is positional. A full history and physical exam are still necessary. How is it treated if vertigo? Physicians can perform the Epley maneuver, treat you with meclizine, and send you for vestibular rehabilitation/thearpy. Stay calm and see MD. ...Read more

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My family dr cannot figure out what’s wrong with me, I am constantly woozy dizzy all day it’s affecting my life in a major way. Please help.?

My family dr cannot figure out what’s wrong with me, I am constantly woozy dizzy all day it’s affecting my life in a major way. Please help.?

? anxiety/depression: Ask your doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist or a neurologist for assessment, part of that would be blood work and possibly imaging studies, good luck ...Read more

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Experiencing unusual dizziness, not like vertigo, which I’ve had before. My head feels like it’s heavier than normal and my balance is affected.

Experiencing unusual dizziness, not like vertigo, which I’ve had before. My head feels like it’s heavier than normal and my balance is affected.

Dizzy: You MAY have an infection or something going on w/a part of your inner ear that has to do w/balance called the cochlea. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have recently begun experiencing severe dizziness and associated balance issue for unknown reasons. I am a healthy 44 yo female s/p craniotomy 18 ye?

I have recently begun experiencing severe dizziness and associated balance issue for unknown reasons. I am a healthy 44 yo female s/p craniotomy 18 ye?

Dizziness: Need to know what you had the craniotomy for in the past. If it was for a malignant grown, I would recheck the head with an MRI. If it was a benign issue I would see an ent and have him or her rule out a treatable cause for the dizziness. Good luck. Feel better! ...Read more

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What causes dizziness?

What causes dizziness?

Dizziness: Many things. Here is a broad category list:
1. Inner ear problems
2. Neurologic problems
3. Hormonal/metabolic problems
4. Anemia
5. Dehydration
6. Cardiovascular/circulatory problems
7. Anxiety
8. Infection
9. Autoimmune disorder

so...Lots of things to look at but before any testing ordered someone should take a very comprehensive history of your symptoms to guide the testing. ...Read more

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What can cause dizziness?

What can cause dizziness?

See your doctor: These symptoms can't be solved in this forum. You need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause dizziness?

What could cause dizziness?

Many things: Difficulties with the inner ear and migraines are common causes of dizziness, but there are multiple other possible causes including your heart or neurological problems.

Good place to start would be with your primary care or ENT doctor ...Read more

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Is ginger good for dizziness?

Herbal Therapy: Homeopathic ingredients such as cocculus indicus, lobelia inflata and gelsemium have proven to highly effective in relieving the symptoms of dizziness, weakness, fainting, fatigue, headaches and emotional upsets. However, you need to see your doctor to make sure you have nothing serious. ...Read more

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What to do to stop dizziness?

Depends on the cause: There are too many causes of dizziness to list.
Low blood pressure, low blood sugar, anemia, dehydration, hypothyroidism, problems with ear, and on and on... They all have different treatments--see your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What causes a sudden dizziness?

What causes a sudden dizziness?

Many Causes: Many things cause sudden dizziness. It could be an inner ear problem, heart condition, low blood sugar, vagal response, nerve condition or simply dehydration. If it is a recurring thing, it is time to see your doctor and have it examined further. One time episodes can be a sign of something worse, so unless you are generally a healthy person, evaluation of your dizziness is important. ...Read more

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When is dizziness an emergency?

When is dizziness an emergency?

On dizziness: Dizziness is a common symptom caused by a number of different factors, some that are benign and some that are serious.

I would be concerned about dizziness that affected walking severely, dizziness associated with long-lasting double vision, clumsiness in one arm, or intractable vomiting. Sometimes these are signs of a problem with the brain. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How do I relieve the dizziness?

How do I relieve the dizziness?

Remedies: Provide fluids and rest to start. If not relieved make sure to provide some easy source of calories to raise blood sugar. providing a decongestant may be helpful if age appropriate and there are allergy or sinus symptoms coexisting ...Read more

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What can cause sudden dizziness?

Many things: The cause of your dizziness can only be determined by a careful history in regards to what you experience when you feel dizzy, how long it lasts, what other symptoms it is associated with you. The determination begins with your doctor. ...Read more

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Best way to deal with dizziness?

Best way to deal with dizziness?

Depends: Dizziness is usually under the control of the inner ear structures (semicircular canals). Any infection or fluid in the middle or inner ear, nasal allergies, sinus infections can affect dizziness. Hypotension (low blood pressure) from anemia, high blood pressure medication or problems with blood flow to the ear structures (heart or carotid artery occlusion) and should be evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dizziness?

Probale inner ear: When asked to explain dizziness; most patients describe it as a feeling of one or more of "lightheaded, spinning, tilting, falling, loss of balance" triggered by change of head or body position. It is probably due to irritation of nerve of inner ear by (otoconia) which are gravels in ear. Some patients may call a feeling of faintness as dizzy but this is rare. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Dizziness?

What are the tests for Dizziness?

Ekg, BP, CT or MRI: The symptom of dizziness may be from a circulation problem, a heart problem or a neurologic problem. Your Doctor may check your blood pressure in different positions to see if the dizziness is from blood pooling in the lower part of the body, he will check your heart with an ekg. The tests for neurologic problems would involve some king of imaging or the brain including, MRI or Ct scan. ...Read more

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What can cause morning dizziness?

What can cause morning dizziness?

What is dizziness?: Dizziness is a non-medical term, which is vague & non-diagnostic because it means many different things. Common meanings such as lightheadedness, floating, near-fainting, spinning are well-known but there at least 50 other descriptions of this non-descript word. What is your "dizziness"? Define it better to get a better answer. ...Read more

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Continuous dizziness past 1 week?

Continuous dizziness past 1 week?

See a doctor: There are many many causes for dizziness. If this has been going on for a week, you really should see a doctor and get checked out. ...Read more

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What causes one to have dizziness?

What causes one to have dizziness?

Lots: Not a specific symptom- lightheaded? Fell like impending faint? Equilibrium off? Room spinning? You spinning? Related to position or position change? All have different causes; can be related to sinus, inner ear, brian issues; blood pressure or heart rhythm problems, dehydration, medications. Worth a doctor visit esp if recurring, chronic, assoc wi/ visual, hearing changes, headaches, etc. ...Read more

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Why does swinging cause dizziness?

Why does swinging cause dizziness?

Vertigo: You probably have positional vertigo. During swinging there is change of head and body position which triggers vertigo. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness all the time?

What causes dizziness all the time?

Constant dizziness: Dizziness describes different sensations to different people. Do you mean a spinning sensation, a feeling of faintness, or a sensation of unsteadiness when you walk? These different symptoms can be caused by disruption of different parts of the balance system. Inner ear inflammation, a tumor along the hearing/balance nerve, heart muscle or rhythm issues, brain anomalies, medications, among others. ...Read more

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Could certain foods cause dizziness?

Don't think so: Foods themselves do not cause dizziness. If you have an abnormal release of Insulin in response to certain foods then your sugar could drop suddenly causing the sense of dizziness. ...Read more

Ambien (Definition)

Zolpidem is a sleep-inducer which is a kind of ...Read more