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Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien)

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

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Been on Ambien (5 to 10 mg) and Xanax (.5 to 1 mg) for 10 years. Going into Medicare and new doc is not going to prescribe these when my prescription expires. Told me to go cold turkey on Ambien (replace with 50 mg trazadone) and slowly taper off the Xanax. 3 days into it and not been able get more than 3-4 hours of sleep. I agree with the professionals that long term use of these medications are harmful and I want out. Your message is hopeful.

Are sleep therapists psychologists? Did you go to one specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT_I)?

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Sorry, I am new here. I did not read the more recent postings which answered my question.

I have been off Ambien for 7 months. I will never go back. I slept great but it was totally messing with my mind. I still have a lot of trouble with sleep. I think it will always be a struggle! Good luck!