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Doctor insights on: Clonazepam Vs Ambien For Sleep

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Is clonazepam better than Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep in terms of side effects?

Is clonazepam better than Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep in terms of side effects?

Understand: They have the same exact mechanism of action. Ambient better for initiation, Clonazepam better for maintaining. Both will result in dependence and rebound insomnia with prolonged use. Also there will be increased irritability 12-24 hrs later. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Clonazepam (Definition)

Klonopin (clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. They are also referred to as sedative-hypnotics & anxiolytics. These medications are used for a variety of indications to include anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm, seizure, & alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines including Clonazepam are potentially habit forming. Alcohol should be ...Read more


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Dr just added 25 mg of trazadone for sleep...does this make sense rather than add ambien (zolpidem) or go up on klonopin?

Dr just added 25 mg of trazadone for sleep...does this make sense rather than add ambien (zolpidem) or go up on klonopin?

Yes: Trazodone is a an antidepressant which is often added at bedtime for it's sedating effect to help insomnia. It is non-addicting, therefore preferred for longer term use. The 25 mg dose is low and reasonable. Your mood may also improve. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take 2 mg of klonopin, 10 mg of ambien (zolpidem) and 50 mg of trazodone all within a half hour in order to sleep? I'm a 140 lb woman.

Is it dangerous to take 2 mg of klonopin, 10 mg of ambien (zolpidem) and 50 mg of trazodone all within a half hour in order to sleep? I'm a 140 lb woman.

Depends: Usually a doctor will not start with all three of those medications at that dosage. If the medication is being titrated up such dosages might be prescribed. SOmetimes Trazadone will be an even higher dosage. Hopefully you and your doctor will try to figure out why you are having trouble sleeping and psychotherapy might be considered. ...Read more

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I am prescribed Adderall regularly for many years now. Is it safe to take 1.5mg of klonopin and 10mg of Ambien (zolpidem) to help me sleep?

I am prescribed Adderall regularly for many years now. Is it safe to take 1.5mg of klonopin and 10mg of Ambien (zolpidem) to help me sleep?

Don't do it!: Taking way too many medications, which interact with each other, makes no sense. Talk to your doctor about other options ...Read more

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Have a sleep study in a week can I take a Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone) to fall asleep quick ? I take clonazepam 3mg inderal 80mg and remeron 45 mg at night ?

Have a sleep study in a week can I take a Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone) to fall asleep quick ? I take clonazepam 3mg inderal 80mg and remeron 45 mg at night ?

You will need to: ask the sleep specialist this specific questions. I have seen sleep specialists tell people to continue their sleep meds and have also seen them instruct patients to hold them. ...Read more

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Insomnia causing migraines to act up I got botox injections yesterday, is it safe to combine Ambien (zolpidem) xanex and klonopin to try and get good night sleep?

Insomnia causing migraines to act up I got botox injections yesterday, is it safe to combine Ambien (zolpidem) xanex and klonopin to try and get good night sleep?

Bad idea: Mixing these medications increase sedation and drowsiness. Combination of these 3 drugs increases risk of CNS (central nervous system) depression, possible breathing crisis and death. See sleep disorders specialist (neurologist) for evaluation, diagnosis and proper treatment. Be safe and call your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take ambien (zolpidem) and clonazepam at the same time?

Is it ok to take ambien (zolpidem) and clonazepam at the same time?

No.: You haven’t said what your doses are or what time. If you take them both at bedtime, then you increase the risk of behavioral and cognitive adverse effects, which zolpidem is notorious for. (Above all, don’t add alcohol.) And there can be a first time, when problems haven’t happened previously. Instead, discuss with your prescriber an alternative approach to your sleep problem. ...Read more

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Is Taking clonazepam 0.5mg & ambien (zolpidem) 20mg between 8pm-10pm ok?

Cloneazepam ambien (zolpidem): wow you are taking two medications that work on the Benzo receptor. Your Ambien (zolpidem) is far too high and current recommendation is that ambien (zolpidem) should not exceed 6.25mg and only to be used short duration. So I guess its not okay to use both at the same time. ...Read more

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Klonopin and Ambien, (zolpidem) are they ok to take?

Not really...: Probably not a good idea to mix these drugs together. An interaction effect with an increase in anxiety, insomnia, memory disturbance, and possible excessive sedation. Talk to your doctor about possible alteration of the dose and type of medicine. ...Read more

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How to keep ambien (zolpidem) working? Only med that has ever worked for me. Will it have cross tolerance with other Meds like klonopin? I know it's short term but the belsomra rx I was given doesn't look promising at all.

How to keep ambien (zolpidem) working? Only med that has ever worked for me. Will it have cross tolerance with other Meds like klonopin? I know it's short term but the belsomra rx I was given doesn't look promising at all.

Not sure there is a: way. The use of ambien (zolpidem) may not continue if you develop tolerance. You might ask your doc if the dose is right. You have not mentioned your dose, it can be taken up to 10 mg at bedtime. There is not much cross tolerance with klonopin but actually may be additive effects. Would not suggest taking them together if not needed. Try the belsomra at the max dose prior to giving up. Ask your doc ...Read more

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150 mg Trazodone, 1 mg klonopin. And 10 mg ambien (zolpidem). Ambien (zolpidem) doesn't work for me by itself been on klonopin for years. Trazodone was great in the past. Any thoughts.? Sounds like a major hangover to me.

Sleep study: This is a potentially very dangerous combination of drugs affecting the brain. Have you had a sleep study done to find out the cause? Depression or anxiety is another cause for insomnia. I would certainly explore both avenues instead of continuing on this medication cocktail. Don't delay any further. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Klonopin (Definition)

Klonopin is a long-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug (anti-anxiety drug, psychiatric drug) and a blood pressure drug which is a ...Read more