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Will being on Ambien (zolpidem) help with ptsd flashback nightmares?
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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: No
Generally speaking, no.
It may help you sleep, but it may make your nightmares worse. Psychotherapy and different medications like Clonidine or prazosin can help with nightmares. Get help from a mental health expert if the nightmares are so bad that you can't sleep.

In brief: No
Generally speaking, no.
It may help you sleep, but it may make your nightmares worse. Psychotherapy and different medications like Clonidine or prazosin can help with nightmares. Get help from a mental health expert if the nightmares are so bad that you can't sleep.
Mike Moore
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Usually not
Ambien (zolpidem) is usually unhelpful for ptsd nightmares.
Prazosin might help. Talk to your doctor about it.

In brief: Usually not
Ambien (zolpidem) is usually unhelpful for ptsd nightmares.
Prazosin might help. Talk to your doctor about it.
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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Dr. Kevin Nasky
Psychiatry
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In brief: Maybe
People don't usually recall their nightmares unless they awaken from them. If ambien, (zolpidem) or some other sleep med, can induce a deep enough sleep where one doesn't awaken from nightmares, then--indirectly--the nightmares have been "cured.
" every patient is different. Only way to know is to try and see. Other options are prazosin and Clonidine which temper the autonomic response to nightmares.

In brief: Maybe
People don't usually recall their nightmares unless they awaken from them. If ambien, (zolpidem) or some other sleep med, can induce a deep enough sleep where one doesn't awaken from nightmares, then--indirectly--the nightmares have been "cured.
" every patient is different. Only way to know is to try and see. Other options are prazosin and Clonidine which temper the autonomic response to nightmares.
Dr. Kevin Nasky
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