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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 shouldnt: 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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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


Ambien (Definition)

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