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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

Ambien (Definition)

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