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Request Ambien taper schedule. Current dose = Ambien 5mg and Ambien cr 6.5mg q.D. At bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire taper from ambien. Otc meds (melatonin) help?
No "best" way.: A common way would be to take 5 mg for about a week and then stop. That would certainly avoid withdrawal effects. But you may find that you have trouble sleeping, in a way that zolpidem helped with. Then you may chose between resuming zolpidem or trying alternative insomnia treatments. ...Read more
GRADUALLY: You can take 1/2 each night for 10 days, then 1/4 each night for another 10 days. Then every other night for 10 days. If you have trouble with this, you need to learn how to go to sleep and work out any anxieties that keep you awake. Really. This may invove going to a mental health expert, even though things must be better tthan 2 years ago or you wouldn't be trying to stop. Therapist? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Under supervision: Highly recommended that you taper under a doctor's/provider's supervision. Not only can there by uncomfortable withdrawals, medications like Xanax/alprazolam can result in life-threatening withdrawal seizures if an appropriate/safe tapering does not take place. What does of Xanax, how often taking? High dose/daily use may require inpatient detoxification. ...Read more
Could i replace the 1mg lorazepam that I have taken for 6 years as a sleep aid with something like ambien? Would i still have to taper off the benzo?
Since rebound : Insomnia should really be the only concern, a trial with Ambien could certainly be warranted. Beware of the potential risk of amnesia with Ambien however. This would include sleepwalking sleep talking sleep cooking or even sleep driving. Best wishes. I had recommended the taper so as to diminish the impact of the rebound insomnia predominantly. Whatever you take will need to cover the rebound insomnia. ...Read more
I'm prescribed 10mg Ambien to take every night, and been on it for 5+ months. I've built up a tolerance, is there a higher dose I can take?
No: Ambien 10 mg is the maximum dose. The problem with ALL the tranquilizer type sleep meds is you build a tolerance to them and they don't work after a while. This is why it's best not to take these every night. Taking them every 2-3 nights works better. Alternative meds that could help with sleep are Trazodone, Remeron, or Vistaril. These often are not addicting/do not cause tolerance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ambien?: Is sleeping medication, that should be taken on as needed basis only. However, u should be careful when u take it, until u see how it impact u. I have seen patient who claimed they found themselves clocking in the kitchen or driving their car without remembering. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The studies would suggest not, but my experience with patients says yes. Ambien only treats difficulty falling asleep which can be due to many different problems. It doesn't treat the underlying cause, eg depression, anxiety, adhd, drug abuse etc. You need to treat the underlying cause otherwise Ambien will either not work or make the problem worse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers