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lusia (@lusia)

Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien)

Sleep Health | Last Active: Mar 25 8:39pm | Replies (267)

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Hi @akubanek , I feel for you. My PCP was adamant that I stopped Ambien. If you read my posts, you’ll see how I weaned off all my meds. The first thing I did was substitute Trazadone [50 mg) for the Ambien. I am now down to 25 mg Trazadone. I am working with a sleep therapist. I am having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I use the Calm app to help fall asleep. You can get a free trial for 7 days. I like the sleep stories. I am learning to use my bed for sleeping only. I read in a comfortable chair in another room. Don’t lie in bed for more than 20 minutes trying to sleep. The more anxious you get about not sleeping, the more difficult it will be to sleep. Good luck.

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Thank you for your reply. Last night was another night of waking every 20 minutes or so and getting more and more frustrated. I have tried so many things over the years. I had to take Trazadone once because I had pneumonia and in the hospital. They wouldn't give me the Ambien because they said it affects the breathing and with pneumonia my breathing was already affected. I was awake for two days taking that. I only use my bed for sleeping and have for years. I have spent thousands of dollars making my bedroom as comfortable as possible. I just don't understand what is going on. How can a doctor that has never treated me or even spoken to me change a treatment plan simply because he thinks everyone should be off Ambien? I feel depressed and defeated because I can see my future and it is just long nights of wanting to sleep and days of being mad and unhappy because I haven't gotten enough sleep. I know people on here know how I feel, but right now its a very lonely feeling.