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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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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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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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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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Ambien (Definition)

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