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Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien)

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Hi all. Hopping on this thread (and posting for first time though have been reading here before).

I am a 40 year old white male with bipolar disorder trying to *desperately* wean off Clonazepam/Klonopin ("K" for short). Short version of Rx: along the way, I've taken everything from anti-depressants to anti-anxiety and ambien and trazodone…. I'm now down to 1.5mg of K per day, and that is down from 6mg back a couple years ago. Apart from vitamin supplements (C, A, D3, E, Theanine…), I am not on any other Rx.

Help needed: I have a supply of Ambien from my Psych MD, but I have not used it, I use Melatonin (6mg, subligual) which helps, but I wake up by 4:00a and cannot go back to sleep. Even with going to sleep at 10:00p. Any suggestions? I do NOT want to add Ambien to my meds as I am not on it now, and I am trying to wean off K under guidance of a therapist and Pysch MD.

Any thoughts appreciated. Prefer herbal or other supplements. Thoughts?

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Replies to "Hi all. Hopping on this thread (and posting for first time though have been reading here..."

Hello, @happy_ira – I'd like to welcome you to Mayo Clinic Connect. That is hard to be waking up at 4 a.m. unable to go back to sleep.

Since you are interested in something that would help with getting back to sleep or just getting a full night's sleep, preferably herbal or other supplements, I'd like to see if @johnbishop @sndishpr @fancyrph @smen @findrest @paulinef @cokie63 may have some thoughts for you.

I'd also like to suggest you check out a thread on bi-polar disorder and consider participating in the discussion https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/bi-polar-issues/

Have you mentioned to your psychiatrist that you are uncomfortable with the zolpidem (Ambien) and that you'd like another suggestion, @happy_ira?