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Tapering Off Ambien
What is the best way to taper off ambien (zolpidem)? Have been taking for 5 years 10mg every night.
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
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
I was given permission by psychiatrist to taper off geodon (ziprasidone). Will ambien help me sleep due to withdrawals from geodon (ziprasidone)? In thepast sleep never returned.
Maybe :-): I have treated many patients with mental health issues that also cause insomnia. There are many people who will always need something to help them sleep whether it is a mild over-the-counter sleep aid or a prescription mental health medication. Ambien may work wonderfully to get you to sleep as you taper off of Geodon (ziprasidone) however you may ultimately become dependent on Ambien. Many physicians do not physicians do not like Ambien for its side effects. Also many doctors do not like giving patients sleep aids because of dependency ...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
Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule. Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire taper from ambien (zolpidem). Otc meds (melatonin) help?
Could i replace the 1mg lorazepam that I have taken for 6 years as a sleep aid with something like ambien (zolpidem)? Would i still have to taper off the benzo?
Since rebound : Insomnia should really be the only concern, a trial with Ambien (zolpidem) could certainly be warranted. Beware of the potential risk of amnesia with Ambien (zolpidem) 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer