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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

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Dizziness (Definition)

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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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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 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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I used herb lady`s mantle for bladder issues and feel dizzy, is this normal?

I used herb lady`s mantle for bladder issues and feel dizzy, is this normal?

Lady's Mantle: Lady's mantle has been around for a long time, but no studies document its effectiveness for any indication. None of my resources specifically mentioned "bladder issues, " but it's been used to normalize menstrual periods, aid wound healing, as a vaginal douche, as an anti-inflammatory ; to soothe muscle spasms. Rarely it can cause liver damage. No, it's not normal to feel dizzy. ...Read more

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My resting BP is 100's/60's, but every once in a while when feeling dizzy, it's around 123/107. If I recheck a minute later it's normal again. Why?

My resting BP is 100's/60's, but every once in a while when feeling dizzy, it's around 123/107. If I recheck a minute later it's normal again. Why?

Think about this!: BP goes up with anxiety attacks, emotional tension, exercise, faulty equipment, and for many other reasons, some of which indicate poor health. See your provider for further evaluation. Carry your BP apparatus into the office with you. ...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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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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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 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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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 it be something bad if I have dizziness?

Could it be something bad if I have dizziness?

Potentially yes: You would need to consult a primary care physician before referring to cardiologist or neurologist depending on the outcome of the test to narrow down the cause of dizziness. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for dizziness at 50 (female)?

What are the reasons for dizziness at 50 (female)?

Dizzy is the catch: Dizziness is a non-medical term, which means at least 50 different things. Dizziness does not refer to any specific symptom. What is your meaning for this term? Light headeness, floating feeling, spinning feeling, nausea, unsteadiness, falling sensation, impending faint, ringing in ears, blurred vision, double vision, numbness-tingling? I've heard all these descriptions and more. ...Read more

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Sickness and diareH severe dizziness aniexty attacks scared ?

Sickness and diareH severe dizziness aniexty attacks scared ?

If you have had: your primary care evaluate you for physical problems, your next step is to see a mental health professional. ...Read more

Ambien (Definition)

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