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Are there any natural alternatives for insomnia? I take 10mg Ambien (zolpidem) and it works but I go thru my days in a total fog

Are there any natural alternatives for insomnia? I take 10mg Ambien (zolpidem) and it works but I go thru my days in a total fog

Natural sleep aids: Probably the most common natural sleep aid is melatonin. You don't want to use more than 5mg nightly, as more than that can actually be activating (keep you awake!) you could also try calming valerian about 2 hours before bed. Other options include following good sleep hygiene, exercising in the morning, or relaxing stretching in the evening. ...Read more

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What is a good alternative to ambien (zolpidem)? It's not working anymore.

What is a good alternative to ambien (zolpidem)? It's not working anymore.

Non-drug Tx: There are therapists who specialize in behavioral sleep help. They are totally safe and if you really work on it, you'll get big improvement. Seek a good sleep center near your area to call for info — here's just one site: https://www.alternativetomeds.com/articles/ambien-alternatives/
There are many info sources. Rest well! ...Read more

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Can you tell me is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) a better alternative than ambien?

Neither: The short term use of either is about equal.If insonia persists [longer than 2 weeks] then cause is critical. Mood disorder, pain, medication, anxiety, are some common causess and if not present a sleep study is helpful. ...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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I usually take 10mg of ambien (zolpidem) some nights to sleep but after reading an article about them causing death I'm scared to take it. Is it safe? If not what is a safe alternative that my dr can prescribe.

I usually take 10mg of ambien (zolpidem) some nights to sleep but after reading an article about them causing death I'm scared to take it. Is it safe? If not what is a safe alternative that my dr can prescribe.

AvoidTheDeepSleep: This is a tough one. Lots of people are taking nightly doses of various "sleep aids." Often for good reasons. But none are intended nor should be used for the long-term. And Ambien (zolpidem) is one squirrely drug! Not so much about death as in dependence, personality changes and rebound if not used. To "usually" take something for sleep is its own problem. Best to find a natural workaround. Talk to your doc ...Read more

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Need help dealing with my insomnia. Only thing that ever works for me has been Ambien (zolpidem). It's harder get it from my very natural yoga loving dr.?

Sleep hygiene: Apart from not having late night caffeine or watching very dramatic movies I have a simple solution that worked in a study done by British Medical Journal A small glass of warm milk with a desert spoonful of OVALTINE or HORLICKS! Try it ...Read more

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23 old male, 6"2', 150lbs, no allergies. Seem naturally very tolerant to combining lunesta (eszopiclone) 3mg, Ambien 5mg, and vistaril 100mg to sleep. Suggestions?

23 old male, 6"2', 150lbs, no allergies. Seem naturally very tolerant to combining lunesta (eszopiclone) 3mg, Ambien 5mg, and vistaril 100mg to sleep. Suggestions?

Stop the meds: Lunesta/ambien and vistaril not working? You need to wean off these meds and see a sleep specialist. You can try Restoril (temazepam) or trazadone or neurontin, but I doubt it. You should consider seroquel or zyprexa as you may have bipolar disorder, esp if you cannot shut your mind off at night. ...Read more

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What is a good sleep aid that is mostly natural and allows a full night's rest? I currently take ambien (zolpidem) to help ease my insomnia, but there are nights where it doesn't work or affect me at all. Basically, it's not very reliable.

What is a good sleep aid that is mostly natural and allows a full night's rest? I currently take ambien (zolpidem) to help ease my insomnia, but there are nights where it doesn't work or affect me at all. Basically, it's not very reliable.

A few: Insomnia is very annoying. I tell my ADHD patients to try Melatonin and to take chamomile calming tea 2-3 times a day. Personally like Tazo's brand. Stop TV/electronics 30 minutes before sleep. Use machine that makes calming droning sound next to bed. Hot shower and use lavender based lotion and comfy PJs. NO TV OR RADIO to lull to sleep. Use ambien (zolpidem) cautiously as can have some daytime drowsy pblms ...Read more

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I'm in menopause, take lamictal &wake up at 4, can't get back to sleep. I've practiced sleep hygiene, natural remedies &xanax. Would Ambien (zolpidem) work?

I'm in menopause, take lamictal &wake up at 4, can't get back to sleep.  I've practiced sleep hygiene, natural remedies &xanax.  Would Ambien (zolpidem) work?

Bioidentical hormone: Menopause symptoms are caused by Estradiol and Progesterone deficiency. The best and most natural way to treat menopausal symptoms is by replacing those actual hormones. Bioidentical Estradiol and Progesterone are identical in molecular structure to hormones the body (the ovaries) used to produce before menopause. ...Read more

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Ambien (zolpidem) and claritind?

Sleepy not sneezy?: Ambien (zolpidem) will help you sleep; Claritin d will help with nasal allergy symptoms, but sometimes can cause restlessness and difficulty sleeping. ...Read more

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Large doses of ambien (zolpidem)?

Large doses of ambien (zolpidem)?

Unsafe & addictive: Might be life threatening. If u or somebody u know have been taking it, call 911. Otherwise, my advice: stay away from it. ...Read more

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What does Ambien (zolpidem) treat?

What does Ambien (zolpidem) treat?

Insomnia: Ambien (zolpidem) treats insomnia, but not curatively. It is a symptom management tool only, to be used on a temporary basis. If your insomnia is long-standing, it's best to have a full evaluation. While it may well help you sleep, Ambien (zolpidem) can also be habit-forming. ...Read more

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What is Ambien (zolpidem) used for?

What is Ambien (zolpidem) used for?

Insomnia: Ambien (zolpidem) has an indication for the short term treatment of insomnia. In clinical practice is not only used on a short-term basis. ...Read more

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Is Ambien (zolpidem) habit-forming?

Yes: Yes it can be habit-forming. Other sleeping agents are not. Ask your dr if any options exist for you. ...Read more

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Okay to split Ambien (zolpidem) cr?

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Ambien-CR: Not advised to split any slow release medication. ...Read more

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Can you take 30mg of ambien (zolpidem)?

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Ambien (zolpidem): That would exceed the recommended dose of 10mg. ...Read more

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Ambien (zolpidem) trip and its affects?

Ambien (zolpidem) trip and its affects?

Results vary..: Ambien (zolpidem) is a sleep medication designed to provide you with uninterrupted sleep for about 8 hrs. There can be unwanted and even dangerous side effects. Sleep walking. Sleep eating sleep driving.
If you are tryiing to trip on Ambien (zolpidem) and use it for purposes other than to treat insomnia the results are not predictable. An overdose of Ambien (zolpidem) with or without other drugs may be your last trip. ...Read more

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How hard is it coming off ambien (zolpidem)?

Not very, but ...: Do this gradually under your physician's direction. ...Read more

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Can ambien (zolpidem) make you feel jittery?

Can ambien (zolpidem) make you feel jittery?

Not usually: Not usually but if you suddenly stop taking it after being on it for a while some patients may get a jittery feeling due to a withdrawal effect. Obviously it would be best if you didn't need Ambien (zolpidem) to sleep. The following websites may be helpful in dealing with insomnia:http://bit.ly/1H64Naf and http://bit.ly/1BBVVRw Also go to the CheckList discussing CBT: "Overcoming Anxiety and Stress" ...Read more

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When Ambien (zolpidem) doesn't work any longer?

When Ambien (zolpidem) doesn't work any longer?

Temazepam ; Desyrel (trazodone): Temazepam and trazodone (desyrel) remain excellent options if you need long=term medicinal insomnia treatment. You can also try cbti, psychotherapy to teach you how to fall asleep without medication. There are also plenty of sleep apps noted on this site and can be helpful and look up one of dr. Heidi fowler's excellent sleep hygiene responses on this site. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What number of Ambien (zolpidem) should I take?

Ambien (zolpidem) -- how many?: Ambien (zolpidem) (or zolpodem) comes in 5mg and 10mg tablet strengths. Ambien (zolpidem) cr (controlled release) is available in 6.25mg and 12.5 mg tablet strengths. Most commonly, Pts are rx'ed one tab of whichever strength their doc thinks best, right before bedtime. However, it's most important that you follow the instructions your doc gave about how, exactly, to take your ambien (zolpidem). If unsure, give a call :) ...Read more

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Do you build a tolerance with ambien (zolpidem)?

Yes: The studies would suggest not, but my experience with patients says yes. Ambien (zolpidem) only treats difficulty falling asleep which can be due to many problems. It doesn't treat the underlying cause, eg depression, anxiety, adhd, drug abuse etc. You need to treat the underlying cause otherwise Ambien (zolpidem) will either not work or make the problem worse. ...Read more

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Can ambien (zolpidem) be prescribed on healthtap?

Ambien (zolpidem): Ambien (zolpidem) is not available via Healthtap since it is a controlled substance. ...Read more

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Can I take ambien (zolpidem) and luesta togerher?

No : Not advisable to take 2 medications that work on the same receptors. Talk to your doctor about switching medications (or changing/titration the overall dose). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: ambien (zolpidem)?

Please describe the medication: ambien (zolpidem)?

Ambien (zolpidem): Ambien (zolpidem) is prescription sleep aid. Helps initiate sleep. ...Read more

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Does Ambien (zolpidem) cr work on the first night?

Yes: Sounds like you have some concern; a frank discussion with your physician is the first step. ...Read more

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What sort of problem does Ambien (zolpidem) treat?

Difficulty Sleeping: Ambien (zolpidem) is a prescription medicine that is used after sleep hygiene has failed-- same bedtime, no caffeine after 1pm, exercise but not too close to bedtime, avoiding alcohol. It is also important to make sure there are no other issues such as anxiety or depression, or medical conditions such as thyroid disorders. ...Read more