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Ambien (zolpidem) is starting to not work for me, does anyone have any suggestions for a good sleep medicine?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Insomnia

Ambien (zolpidem) is a sleeping pill which is not very healthy for you as it does not do anything to heal your sleeping problem and it can have some nasty side effects.
Call your doctor about getting a sleep study done to determine the cause of your insomnia and then proper treatment will safely help you.

In brief: Insomnia

Ambien (zolpidem) is a sleeping pill which is not very healthy for you as it does not do anything to heal your sleeping problem and it can have some nasty side effects.
Call your doctor about getting a sleep study done to determine the cause of your insomnia and then proper treatment will safely help you.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Melatonin

Try otc melatonin, 3mg every night.
Keep to good sleep hygiene, and keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.

In brief: Melatonin

Try otc melatonin, 3mg every night.
Keep to good sleep hygiene, and keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Since ambien (zolpidem) is now

Having a diminished effect, this suggests that you use sleep medications chronically.
One can develop tolerance to Ambien (zolpidem) over time. If this is a chronic problem, have you been evaluated by a sleep specialist to get to the root of your sleep problems? How is your sleep hygiene? That is a major issue to address for insomnia. Melatonin can be excellent for sleep.

In brief: Since ambien (zolpidem) is now

Having a diminished effect, this suggests that you use sleep medications chronically.
One can develop tolerance to Ambien (zolpidem) over time. If this is a chronic problem, have you been evaluated by a sleep specialist to get to the root of your sleep problems? How is your sleep hygiene? That is a major issue to address for insomnia. Melatonin can be excellent for sleep.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sleep

Need assessment to find out the cause of your insomnia so you can treat it.

In brief: Sleep

Need assessment to find out the cause of your insomnia so you can treat it.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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