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Does Ambien (zolpidem) cause problems with sleep patterns and dreaming?

Does Ambien (zolpidem) cause problems with sleep patterns and dreaming?

Yes: Though zolpidem (ambien) is primarily used for insomnia it can have other effects on sleep including sleepwalking. Discuss with your doctor if you have concerns. There are many alternatives. ...Read more

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I had a large ischenic stroke 2years ago I can't dream or feel awake during day is Ambien (zolpidem) safe to take?On it I get to sleep but feel unrefreshed the ne

I had a large ischenic stroke 2years ago I can't dream or feel awake during day is Ambien (zolpidem) safe to take?On it I get to sleep but feel unrefreshed the ne

See your Neurologist: It sounds like you may need a sleep study & further evaluation. For instance if you have sleep apnea, you may be at risk for further cerebral vascular problems. Ambien (zolpidem) is probably safe but may be masking some other problem. ...Read more

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I give my son Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep. The problem is that he hates to take them. Could I put it in his food to make it easier on him and get the same effect?

I give my son Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep. The problem is that he hates to take them. Could I put it in his food to make it easier on him and get the same effect?

He should see doctor: How old is your son ? Ambien (zolpidem) is not recommended for children. It is critical that he be seen by his own doctor to determine cause of sleep problems and determine best treatment . U also want to identify what he dislikes about taking it; Once understood, the doctor can work with you and your son to treat sleep issues in a way that is comfortable for him ...Read more

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Does long-term use of Ambien cause cancer I have been told for the past 5 years that Ambien is a safe medication to use for sleep (i even asked my dorctor if it caused any types of cancer). I have taken it regularly, with few negative effects - it has hel

Does long-term use of Ambien cause cancer I have been told for the past 5 years that Ambien is a safe medication to use for sleep (i even asked my dorctor if it caused any types of cancer). I have taken it regularly, with few negative effects - it has hel

The : The recent study you are most likely alluding to does not establish an actual cause and effect relationship. It is not known if the sleep medications cause increased risk or if people who are at increased risk are just the people who tend to use these medications. However, Ambien (zolpidem) increases interluken 8, which stimulates cancer growth. Regardless, congratulations for successfully coming off a sleep medication after being on it for so long. Take care. ...Read more

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Best med to switch to from ambien that helps with sleep onset problems? Lunesta (eszopiclone) nor trazodone work.

Best med to switch to from ambien that helps with sleep onset problems? Lunesta (eszopiclone) nor trazodone work.

Belsomra: This is a new medication that shows some promising results. It works directly in the "sleep center" and makes falling asleep easier. It is available by prescription only and you should talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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I just recently strating having problems with anxiety and depression this year. And I'm not sure what is the right way to handle it. I do take lexapro at night and ambien to sleep but I don't feel aby different and I have gained 30 Poulsbo so all around I

I just recently strating having problems with anxiety and depression this year. And I'm not sure what is the right way to handle it. I do take lexapro at night and ambien to sleep but I don't feel aby different and I have gained 30 Poulsbo so all around I

Depression, Anxiety: I understand your concern. Using Ambien (zolpidem) with Lexapro may increase dizziness and difficulty concentrating. You may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment. Gain of 30 pounds is likely a symptom of Depression due to stress.. See Physician for diagnosis of weight gain. See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, dose , and Therapy for stresses in your life. ...Read more

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I have always had problems sleeping. It has gotten a lot worse with the tamoxifen.I think it's anxiety about no sleep.With Ambien (zolpidem) i lay there for 4 hrs. No tv in room, don't smoke or drink.Suggestions?

I have always had problems sleeping. It has gotten a lot worse with the tamoxifen.I think it's anxiety about no sleep.With Ambien (zolpidem) i  lay there for 4 hrs. No tv in room, don't smoke or drink.Suggestions?

Other options: Tamoxifen can cause insomnia in about 9% of patients. It sounds like you know about sleep hygiene -- here is a reference for reminders: http://tinyurl.Com/lpcwhxt you might discuss low dose Elavil or sinequan with your physician, especially if Ambien (zolpidem) does not seem to help. By low dose, i mean 10mg - 25mg at bedtime. It may help without causing side effects at that dose. ...Read more

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Have had chronic sleeping problems for some time now, have tried several with no change. Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg worked for a month. Changed to restoril, no luck.

Have had chronic sleeping problems for some time now, have tried several with no change. Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg worked for a month. Changed to restoril, no luck.

Medications : Medication questions like these should be addressed in person. Also the reason for your difficulty sleeping should be discussed with your primary care doctor or neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it ill advised to take 20mg of ambien (zolpidem)? The 10's don't seem to be working so well lately and I could really use the sleep. Thanks!

Is it ill advised to take 20mg of ambien (zolpidem)? The 10's don't seem to be working so well lately and I could really use the sleep. Thanks!

Yes: Ambien (zolpidem) if taken every night without a several day break occasionally will get less effective. You should always do well with 10 mg. Stop on a weekend during which you should have a couple of good days of relaxation and exercise and then restart for the days of stress when you can't get to sleep. ...Read more

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Is Ambien (zolpidem) a good medication for sleep?

Is Ambien (zolpidem) a good medication for sleep?

Ambien (zolpidem): Works well to help people sleep but my concerns are more focused on why you are having trouble sleeping at your age. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to sleep without ambien (zolpidem)?

Can you tell me how to sleep without ambien (zolpidem)?

Insomnia: Insomnia can be frustrating. But medications are only part of the treatment. Good sleep hygiene is key. Try to avoid electronics, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, vigorous exercise, bright lights, ; large meals prior to bedtime. Regularize your sleep ; wake up times. Understanding why you have insomnia can be effective in treating it. A sleep medicine specialist can help with figuring that out. ...Read more

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What are the typical side effects of Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep?

What are the typical side effects of Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep?

Sleep :-): Most of the side effects are dose-dependent and related to your central nervous system: sedation, dizziness or light-headedness, headache, "drugged" feeling -- and sometimes confusion and memory loss as well. I have also known patients who had sleepwalking with Ambien (zolpidem) -- which can be disconcerting depending on what activities are done in that state. ...Read more

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Is Silenor a new sleep medication and is it similar to ambien (zolpidem)?

Is Silenor a new sleep medication and is it similar to ambien (zolpidem)?

For sleep, but....: Silenor is a sleep medication but it works very differently from ambien. Silenor's chemical name is doxepin, this has been used as an antidepressant for many years (at much higher doses 100-300mg/day vs 3-6mg for silenor). It works similar to OTC sleep aids like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doxylamine by blocking histamine. Zolpidem works in a more complex way on hormones that regulate sleep. ...Read more

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Which is better for sleep and starting sleep Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone)?

Which is better for sleep and starting sleep Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone)?

Try other means 1st: The best sleep is natural sleep. If you're having trouble sleeping, try simple changes: don't go to bed if you're not sleepy, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and don't exercise late in the day. Stay off your computer or phone late in the evening; bright screens can interfere with natural sleep cycles. Try meds only under a doctor's care and for occasional, not daily use. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I take 10 mg of melatonin as well as 10 mg of Ambien (zolpidem) so I can get a good night sleep?

Can I take 10 mg of melatonin as well as 10 mg of Ambien (zolpidem) so I can get a good night sleep?

Maybe: Melatonin is more a sleep cycle medicine then a true sleep aid. While people dose up to 12 mg I don't think you get much more benefit than 3-5 mg. I am not a fan of Ambien (zolpidem). It works well in the short run but does not deal with the underlying sleep problems and has multiple side effects. If both were rx'd and you are desperate - yes it will be ok, though I don't think it is a long term solution. ...Read more

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If I take .5 mg of lexapro in the morning and 10mg of ambien (zolpidem) at night to sleep is this safe?

Apparently,,,: Apparently, there are no known contra-indications to doing this. Having said this, each drug has side effects, so if you experience anything like drowsiness, irritability, or decreased libido, you might want to see your doctor for a dose adjustment, especially for Ambien, (zolpidem) as 10 mg might be considered too high a dose now. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I want to get off ambien (zolpidem). How many nights does it take to get back to my natural sleeping rhythm?

I want to get off ambien (zolpidem). How many nights does it take to get back to my natural sleeping rhythm?

Use sleep hygiene: Getting off Ambien (zolpidem) is a good idea and best facilitated by practicing good sleep hygiene. This includes setting the same sleep and wake time, relaxing before sleep, using your bed only for sleep and sex, no tv or computer before sleep, no caffeine 6 hours before sleep, and getting out bed if you wake in the middle of the night and reading for a little while. Practicing this will help. ...Read more

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