I have a sleep disorder and have been taking Ambien (zolpidem) to help me fall asleep. I want to get off these pills.?

Ambien (zolpidem) You and your doctor can work on a plan to taper and come off while practicing the sleep hygiene techniques.
Ambien (zolpidem) dependence. Dependence can occur with long-term use so that stopping it suddenly can seriously affect the ability to get to sleep.How (or whether) to taper Ambien (zolpidem) depends on the nature of your sleep disorder, so specific instructions really do need to come from the prescribing physician. One way: dose is decreased to 5mg daily as tolerated then a "drug holiday" once weekly, then twice weekly, etc. As tolerated.

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Given Ambien (zolpidem) yesterday. 5mg helped me fall asleep but was still up several times. Was told I could go to 10 if needed. Would 10 help me sleep more?

Perhaps, but. You still need a comprehensive assessment of your sleep problem, rather than only medicating it. A sleep medicine physician can help you with this. A psychiatrist may also be helpful in investigating possible disorders like depression, which are known to interfere with sleep. You list "always tired" as a symptom, so your sleep problem sounds chronic and/or this is more than episodic insomnia. Read more...
bad idea. They need to find reasons for arousals. Tell them to send you to sleep doc. Read more...

Take hydrocodone 5/325 and I take Ambien (zolpidem) every night. Hydro doesn't help me fall asleep so I need the ambien (zolpidem). Is it ok to take it?

Narcotics. The narcotic is prescribed for back pain and it is not a sleep medication. Adding Ambien (zolpidem) to it is not wise as it is indicated for short term sleep aid. Long term mood altering meds for pain syndromes requires management by trained pain specialists. Read more...
Advise against it. Hydrocodone can cause somnolence for some, but not all. It should not be used to help treat insomnia. Taking Ambien (zolpidem) is also not a good habit to get into due to the addiction and tolerance it causes. Both medications together are not safe or healthy. Both can effect you neurologically and suppress your breathing. Talk to a sleep specialist if you're suffering from insomnia. Read more...
Hydrocodone. is a narcotic pain medication and in conjunction with Ambien (zolpidem) can cause fatal drug-drug reactions. H-C is NOT a sleeping pill and it seems that you are also on medication for depression and anxiety (Lexapro). You are gambling with your life. Please get counseling and medication adjustments and evaluation. Read more...

My doc started me on 15mg of restaril today I have been taking 10mg of ambien (zolpidem). I'm still not able to fall asleep is it OK to take 30mg?

Consult your doctor. Consult your doctor and take your medications as you have been directed. If you need something else or a stronger dosage discuss this with your doctor. Read more...

Halcion or ambien (zolpidem)? Which is better for chronic inability to fall asleep insomnia? I was on ambien (zolpidem) from 2009-2014. Doesn't work like it used to. Thx

Depends . Both work well to induce sleep, they have similar side effects and risks. The difference is in the duration of action/effect. Both gradually impair your ability to achieve sleep without assistance; often gradually require increasing dosages, therefore not best as only agent and technique in the long run. Better to find and fix cause of insomnia. Consider consulting a sleep doc. Read more...
Time For A Guinness. Each has its positives & negatives & really, must be judged based on an individual's response.It's a general "rule"that one should not use a sleep medication for more than a week or so.So,let's see, that makes you about 260 times the recommended usage (time for Guinness). So,tell me,who's been prescribing it all these years? Ask him or her. I'm sure he or she would be GLAD to Rx whatever you want. Read more...
Neither. These two drugs should only be used short time. Like any other addicting drugs, tolerance to their effects develops. There are better, healthier treatments out there, both pharmaceutical and behavioral. Talk to your doc about alternatives that do not depend on a controlled substance, or get a second opinion. Read more...
Tolerance issues. Chronic use of sleeping pills in the end results in tolerance and worsening insomnia. Personally, I don't like either of your choices, and would advise use of Melatonin, Lunesta, (eszopiclone) or trazadone instead. But discuss with your doctor and together choose an appropriate pathway. Read more...

Started Ambien (zolpidem) last night and it did nothing. Took it at 10 pm didn't fall asleep until 1am?

Reg or time release. The regular Ambien (zolpidem) usually starts working with-in 30 minutes. The time release can take longer. Three hours is longer than expected. Your bedroom should be dark and quiet. No tv. Try to relax your body starting at the toes and slowly working your was up to your head. Read more...
Ambien (zolpidem) When taking ambien, (zolpidem) it is important that u put your head down on pillow & dose off right after u take the ambien, (zolpidem) otherwise if after taking it, u do other activities, it would wear off. Also, practice sleep hygiene techniques along with the med. Read more...