Top
30
Doctor insights on: Zolpidem Er 12 5 Vs Ambien

Share
1

1
I was on ambien (zolpidem) for five years prior and it stopped working. So I should have no problems trying it again after 14 month hiatus?

I was on ambien (zolpidem) for five years prior and it stopped working. So I should have no problems trying it again after 14 month hiatus?

Therapeutic trial: Were you under the care of a health care provider when you were taking Ambien several years ago? Was there a reason that was identified on the loss of efficacy? Have you had an evaluation to assess your sleep hygiene? These would be helpful to determine the potential in the future if this drug may be worth trying again. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
127 Doctors shared insights

Zolpidem (Definition)

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Zolpidem (ambien) is a sedative-hypnotic medicine used for the short-term treatment of ...Read more


2

2
My father has end stage liver failure I was wondering if there anything that can be done for sleep for him other then ambien (zolpidem) er?

My father has end stage liver failure I was wondering if there anything that can be done for sleep for him other then ambien (zolpidem) er?

Anxiety: I understand your concern.
You are a Caring son!
Sleep problem can be due to Anxiety or Depression.
Reflect on total life journey of your father and his fulfillment in work, relationships and personal life
Reflect on his contribution to your life; show your appreciation to him.
Express your concerns including sleep problem of your father to Psychiatrist and discuss Therapy and Medication. ...Read more

4

4
I want to reduce the amount of Ambien (zolpidem) I take. I have 12.5 ambiencr and want to know if I cut 1 in half would that essentially make it a 6.25ir?

I want to reduce the amount of Ambien (zolpidem) I take. I have 12.5 ambiencr and want to know if I cut 1 in half would that essentially make it a 6.25ir?

Do not cut: The CR pill is coated in a way that controls the time/speed the medication is released. Cutting it does not make it in to an IR formulation, it just makes the way the medicine will enter your system very unpredictable-not a good idea for a med with potential for serious side effects. Your doctor likely will appreciate your efforts to reduce your dose-call and ask for a new prescription. ...Read more

5

5
I've taken ambien (zolpidem) 12.5 CR for year. I'm cutting it down now to 6.25 CR. Some nights I get no sleep at all with this change. Can I take melatonin too?

I've taken ambien (zolpidem) 12.5 CR for year. I'm cutting it down now to 6.25 CR. Some nights I get no sleep at all with this change. Can I take melatonin too?

Yes: It is fine to take some melatonin to try and help you taper off the ambien (zolpidem). Getting off the ambien (zolpidem) is a great idea. It can disrupt normal sleep cycles for a long time. ...Read more

7

7
If I take my 5 mg Ambien (zolpidem) every night will it eventually not work for sleep?

If I take my 5 mg Ambien (zolpidem) every night will it eventually not work for sleep?

Max dose is 10mg: You also have other options for sleep, adding melatonin would be 1 suggestion. It is not meant for long term use. All the best. ...Read more

8

8
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

9

9
1st question can you take Lexapro after taking nexium40mg in the morning. 2nd question can you take Ambien (zolpidem) at night for bed time 5 mg?

No: Nexium (esomeprazole) taken with Lexapro can cause significant side effects by intensifying the effects of the Lexapro to bring about confusion, hallucination, heart issues etc. Ambien may also be an issue with Lexapro even though the fda has not reported anything, internet reviews from consumers have spoke of side effects. Please consult your physician before you mix these medicines. Take care. ...Read more

10

10
Can I take a 10mg Zolpidem (Ambien) 12 hours AFTER taking 3 (40mg) OxyContins? I mean, I already did without realizing it. Will I be perfectly fine?

Can I take a 10mg Zolpidem (Ambien) 12 hours AFTER taking 3 (40mg) OxyContins? I mean, I already did without realizing it. Will I be perfectly fine?

If still alive then: A 40 mg dose x 3 pills is enough to kill someone with no tolerance, and enough to cause a regular user unconsciousness. That is dangerous. You should not need Ambien (zolpidem) after 120 mg of OxyContin. You should haver someone watch you, or even go to the ER ...Read more

11

11
Have been having nocturnal emissions 5-6 times a week for the past 2-3 months. I started taking ambien (zolpidem) around that time. It was once a month before.

What is the question: If the question is if the Ambien (zolpidem) is the reason, then do not take it for one week and see if there is a change. You will have your answer. ...Read more

12

12
I take 10mg Ambien (zolpidem) and 3.5 sublingual ambien (zolpidem). If I can't find my normal ambien (zolpidem), would it be completely wrong to take the sub in proportion to reg amb?

Yes, wrong: Intermezzo (sublingual ambien) is formulated for people who fall asleep normally, but wake up in the middle of the night & can't get back to sleep. It should also be taken only if you have at least 4 hours of sleep time left before getting up. You should only take 1 tablet a night, & not take extra to make up for the 10 mg immediate release tablets that you "can't find.". ...Read more

14

14
I'm prescribed 10mg Ambien (zolpidem) to take every night, and been on it for 5+ months. I've built up a tolerance, is there a higher dose I can take?

No: Ambien (zolpidem) 10 mg is the maximum dose. The problem with ALL the tranquilizer type sleep meds is you build a tolerance to them and they don't work after a while. This is why it's best not to take these every night. Taking them every 2-3 nights works better. Alternative meds that could help with sleep are Trazodone, Remeron, or Vistaril. These often are not addicting/do not cause tolerance. ...Read more

15

15
Ihave been on generic Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg for 5 yrs now, seems as if it is startin not 2 work as well, isn't there a stronger/or different form of ambien (zolpidem)?

Ihave been on generic Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg for 5 yrs now, seems as if it is startin not 2 work as well, isn't there a stronger/or different form of ambien (zolpidem)?

Other medications: Using Ambien (zolpidem) non-stop for that long would be expected to not work after awhile, because tolerance has likely developed. Ask your doctor about other possible medications that might pertain to your own case. I'm not sure if your sleep disturbance has been fully evaluated, as to why you need a medication like that for such an extended period? A sleep medicine doc and/ or psychiatrist could help. ...Read more

16

16
If I take. 5 mg of lexapro in the morning and 10mg of ambien (zolpidem) at night to sleep is this safe?

Apparently,,,: Apparently, there are no known contra-indications to doing this. Having said this, each drug has side effects, so if you experience anything like drowsiness, irritability, or decreased libido, you might want to see your doctor for a dose adjustment, especially for Ambien, (zolpidem) as 10 mg might be considered too high a dose now. Best of luck. ...Read more

17

17
I took a vicodin 5 hours ago and I would like to take 10mg ambien (zolpidem) now. Is this ok? Thank you.

I took a vicodin 5 hours ago and I would like to take 10mg ambien (zolpidem) now. Is this ok? Thank you.

It should be: Both have the ability to suppress breathing and cause sleepiness however after 5 hours the effect of the Vicodin should have worn off ...Read more

18

18
Is it safe to take a 0.5 Mg Ativan (for flight) around twelve hours after taking a 10mg Ambien (zolpidem)?

Ambien (zolpidem) and ativan: At risk for excess sedation; be careful; judgement will be slowed and a bit impaired; don't drive; b e with someone; take no alcohol; ...Read more

20

20
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

21

21
Is Ambien (zolpidem) habit forming?

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

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
1 doctor agreed:
22

22
Okay to split Ambien (zolpidem) cr?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
1 doctor agreed:

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

23

23
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

24

24
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

25

25
Can ambien (zolpidem) be prescribed on healthtap?

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

26

26
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

27

27
What happens if you take expired ambien (zolpidem)?

Less effective: It's possible the medication may be less effective. ...Read more

29

29
I was prescribed 10mg of ambien, (zolpidem) is it ok if I take 20mg?

No: That would be an off label use of the drug which could increase side effects. Not a good idea. ...Read more

30

30
Is Ambien (zolpidem) addictive?

Yes.: Dependence is possible and we see it regularly. Further, all sleep aids can cause issues with psychological dependence, and they truly change sleep architecture in unnatural ways. Ideally, these medications should not be used for more than a few weeks. ...Read more

Ambien (Definition)

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