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Are Valium and Ambien (zolpidem) similar?

Are Valium and Ambien (zolpidem) similar?

Not really: Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine tranquilizer. Although it helps with sleep, it is mainly for anxiety and muscle relaxation, and can be taken during the day if prescribed that way. Ambien (zolpidem) is chemically different, only used for sleep, never during the day, and is not a tranquilizer (anxiety reducer). Valium is also habit-forming, Ambien less so (but can be too). ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Valium (Definition)

Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, ...Read more


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I took a 5mg Valium and was wondering if I can take a 5mg ambien (zolpidem) 2-3 hours later?

I took a 5mg Valium and was wondering if I can take a 5mg ambien (zolpidem) 2-3 hours later?

Prescribed or not?: If you are on prescribed benzodiazepines, your doctor and pharmacist should be the best ones to give you advice, since they know your medical history and all the medications you are on, and I do not. If they are NOT prescribed, you shouldn't be taking them. Valium is very rapidly acting and should be enough to help you sleep without the ambien (zolpidem). If not prescribed, this is abuse. Talk to counselor. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms and effects when Valium 10mg and Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg are combined for a single time use, and what is the average duration?

What are the most common symptoms and effects when Valium 10mg and Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg are combined for a single time use, and what is the average duration?

Wow: I'd avoid that combination. Valium is relatively short acting. Ambien (zolpidem) should only be taken if you have a window of 8 hours where you expect to be asleep. Have somebody keep an eye on you to make sure you don't get in trouble (respiratory suppression, sleep walking etc). Realize that Ambien (zolpidem) is for occasional use (insomnia). Valium is a skeletal muscle relaxer / sedative. (occasional use mostly) ...Read more

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I took an Valium 5mg tablet and Hydroxyzine HCl 25mg at 6pm can I take my 10mg Ambien (zolpidem) now 1030pm?

I took an Valium 5mg tablet and Hydroxyzine HCl 25mg at 6pm can I take my 10mg Ambien (zolpidem) now 1030pm?

Ambien (zolpidem): Ambien (zolpidem) should be taken no longer than a few days in a row. You need to coordinate your care with one MD if you have access to 3 different CNS depressant medications. Respiratory depression can occur. Also all have withdrawal states and can precipitate clinical depression. ...Read more

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I ambien (zolpidem). It calms and relaxes me and I feel like myself. Valium works no where nearly as well. Doesn't make me sleepy. This mean anything?

I ambien (zolpidem). It calms and relaxes me and I feel like myself. Valium works no where nearly as well. Doesn't make me sleepy. This mean anything?

GABA and benzos: You are responding better to your sleep problem because while diazepam is a GABA agonist like Zolpidem, the latter is a Z pill with more sedative effect for insomnia. Diazepam works better for anxiety and as a muscle relaxant. ...Read more

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Taking 1000 mgs Depakote 10 mgs Valium 10 mgs Ambien at bed time. Can I still take 5 mgs of saphris (asenapine)?

Ask your doctor: Dd your doctor prescribe these to be taken all at once? The combo of valium and Ambien is deadly. Please don't take them together tonight, and call your doctor in the morning. As for Depakote and saphris, (asenapine) do take these as going without could cause a relapse of your bipolar disorder. Be well. ...Read more

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Took Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg for 2 year's. My dr changed me to 15mg diazapam. Not working for insomnia. If I already took the Valium 20mg can I take a 10mg ambien (zolpidem)?

NO -- please don't!: Please do not take valium and Ambien (zolpidem) at the same time! You could end up overly sedated. Also, valium is not meant to be a sleep medication anyway. Please tell your doctor about this. It sounds like insomnia is a very significant problem for you, and needs further investigation (maybe sleep study?). Both Ambien (zolpidem) ; valium produce tolerance, making long-term use very problematic overall. ...Read more

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I take 1000 mgs Depakote 10 mgs Valium and 10 mgs Ambien (zolpidem) at bed time. Should I still be having trouble going to sleep.

I take 1000 mgs Depakote 10 mgs Valium and 10 mgs Ambien (zolpidem) at bed time. Should I still be having trouble going to sleep.

No, you shouldn't: That is a hefty dose of sedating medications and if you are still having trouble sleeping, discuss with your psychiatrist. Is it possible you are entering a manic episode? Check in with your psychiatrist sooner than later to be safe. May need improved sleep hygiene as well as possible sleep study too. ...Read more

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Will taking Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep make the 8 mg of Valium I take a day for pelvic pain, itching, and spasms less effective.

Will taking Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep make the 8 mg of Valium I take a day for pelvic pain, itching, and spasms less effective.

Don't combine both.: Don't take both Ambien (zolpidem) and valium. Have your doctor optimize a single agent as they function similarly. ...Read more

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Why won't doctors prescribe halcyon or Valium for chronic insomnia when ambien and lunesta (eszopiclone) won't work?

They can: But can be addictive so precautions and if have sleep apnea[stop breathing when snore] can make it worse. Try benadryl (diphenhydramine) and eat carbohydrate snack before bed like peanut butter/milk. Try melatonin too 10 mg/night. Good sleep habits, dark quiet room ext. ...Read more

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Long time chronic pain disabled vet. Take a delay release and acute opioids. Ambien for sleep. Just starting Valium and not certain how long in betwn?

Long time chronic pain disabled vet. Take a delay release and acute opioids. Ambien for sleep. Just starting Valium and not certain how long in betwn?

Chronic pain: Long time chronic pain disabled vet. Take a delay release and acute opioids. Ambien for sleep. Just starting Valium and not certain how long in betwn? ANS: you have a difficult problem and I would rely on the VA pain specialist to guide your treatment. Keep a careful diary of when you take things and how they make you feel. Show to your Dr. ...Read more

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I take Valium 30mg daily, cut off cold turkey from my Ambien (zolpidem) 20mg taken for yrs. Has caused me bad withdrawal symptoms, but am I safe from seizures?

If still taking Vali: Withdrawal from Ambien (zolpidem) can be difficult but seizures would be very unlikely. Valium is an excellent drug to avoid seizure activity. ...Read more

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I'm on wellbutrin, (bupropion) valium, ambien, topomax. Flexeril, hydrocodone (when I need it) and now I'm on zoloft. That's only half my meds I take. Is this ok?

Depends: What medications you take depends on the problems you have, the illnesses you are diagnosed with and your specific reactions. If you have questions, contact your doctor or doctors and ask them about specific concerns. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: valium?

Please describe the medication: valium?

Tranquilizer: Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, and may impair driving. ...Read more

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Is there only 5 mg in the roche 10 valium?

Shouldn't be: All medications, whether branded or generic, sold in the United States, are required by the food and drug administration (fda) to have plus or minus twenty per cent of the stated dose to be legal.
So a medication which states 10mg can have between 8 and 12 mgs, which for some patients, may make a noticeable difference in their treatment. But 50 % difference should not be possible. ...Read more

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Need a Valium taper plan?

Need a Valium taper plan?

The slower the bette: When it comes to tapering someone off valium, I take it very slowly. I do not want to see one of my patients lulled into the false security that they can quickly taper off valium only to have them have a seizure 2 to 4 weeks later. Valium is a very long acting drug. Without knowing what type of anxiety you're being treated for, it is difficult for me to state that you should take an antidepressant. There have been some reports of using tegretol, an anticonvulsant in the long-term use of valium withdrawal to improve patient compliance and comfort during the long withdrawal process. Please lower valium under the direction of your psychiatrist. Take it slowly especially as you get down to lower amounts or withdrawal typically becomes more difficult. I wish you the best in this process and know that you can come off of the medication given proper emotional and if necessary medicinal support. ...Read more

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Does melatonin work as a valium?

Does melatonin work as a valium?

No: Melatonin is a zeibgeber - it signals the body that it is dark outside (and time to go to sleep). It is not a sleeping pill. Valium (diazepam) increases GABA activity in the brain, reduces anxiety, makes you sleepy, lasts for more than two days in the body. ...Read more

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Can I take Valium with predisone?

Valium & prednisone?: Most importantly, be certain that every doc knows ur full med list. There's no formal interaction between these2 meds. Prednisone can have psychiatric side effects, which you should be monitored for. Valium should not be stopped without a docs instruction. Best to check with ur doc to find out what's right for you. Get well soon! :) ...Read more

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Can people be allergic to valium?

Not common: I would wonder if the allergy is to the inactive ingredient in the tablet of diazepam as opposed to an allergy to diazepam itself because it is an uncommon allergy although I suppose it is possible. A more common consideration would be an adverse behavioral change related to the administration of diazepam including severe disinhibition or aggression. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Can I take Zolpidem 20mg with Valium?

Max dose: Maximum dose of Ambient is 10mg for immediate release tablets and 12.5mg for extended release tablets. Taking 20mg of ambien (zolpidem) with Valium may be harmful and is not recommended. Consult your physician who prescribed these medications. ...Read more

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Can you take Valium with duromine 30mg?

Valium duromine: Yes you can. However its never a good idea to take valium long term. Make sure that all medication is taken under the specific instruction of your doctor. ...Read more

Ambien (Definition)

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