Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien)

Posted by lusia @lusia, Dec 9, 2017

taking 5mg ambian for 20 years can melatonin help to ween me off

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@cheshirecat

Hi. I’m sorry you are having such a battle; one I know only too well. You mentioned you have been taking it many years at the top dosage. How many years?
I have been taking it at least fifteen years at 12.5 and I believe that is the highest dosage. I have tried numerous different things : other drugs, antihistamines, edibles came closest to anything that worked. I have had two sleep studies and they recommended that I stay in in the Ambien because I had tried so many different Pharmaceuticals.
What did you mean about “women taking less?” Was a reason given?
Right now I am trying, again, a CPAP machine. It just might work this time. It’s a lot more comfortable than it was seven years ago, when I gave up trying. It’s supposed to help (maybe get off the Ambien) also with clenching (teeth) during the night, which is a real problem for me.
Let me know how you’re doing.😊

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I was told to reduce my 5mg by cutting it in half which really doesn’t work because the pill is tiny anyway it’s never the same anyway. Wondering if I took half of Ambien which is a about a 2.5 and 10 melatonin

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Our Medicare supplemental coverage refused to cover Ambien due to memory loss issues. I am 72, and take 1mg. of clonazepam, and things seem fine. Much has been written about clonazepam, and nearly every other medication, but it works for me. I have hope for those with medical and pharmacological issues, but I continue to be flummoxed by those who self taper off of prescribed medication, in many instances without the oversight of a physician. Antidepressants and anti anxiety meds can be very disabling. I had a very bad experience with an antidepressant, new to the market and highly touted. I was prescribed it by a board certified psychiatrist with 30 years experience. The drug and physician are both good, but the drug was not good for me. Brain chemistry is not an exact science, and I am hopeful people will defer to their physicians. This forum is wonderful, but not a substitute for one on one medical supervision. Climbing off my soapbox…

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@hyundaipro

Long term zopiden use

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Hi @hyundaipro, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect.
How long have you been taking zolpidem? Are you taking it for insomnia?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @hyundaipro, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect.
How long have you been taking zolpidem? Are you taking it for insomnia?

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Yes and have been taking zopiden about 2002

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Long term zopiden use

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@hyundaipro

Long term zopiden use

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@hyundaipro, thanks for the additional information. You'll notice that I moved your messages to this discussion called "Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien)" https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/weenoff-ambian-with-melatonin/ I did this so that you can connect with other members like @almetia3 @elwooodsdad @jakedduck1 @tolepma @sndishpr and others.

Hyundaipro, are you concerned that you may be addicted to zolpidem? Are you wishing to reduce your use of it?

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@hyundaipro

Long term zopiden use

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@hyundaipro
I took Ambien for a while but I had no problems coming off of it. I’ve never tried any other drug I just stayed awake until I eventually fell asleep.
Is your medication still effective or has it stopped putting you to sleep, or if it’s no longer effective perhaps you’re trying to taper off it. Can you provide us any further details?
Take care,
Jake

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@colleenyoung

@hyundaipro, thanks for the additional information. You'll notice that I moved your messages to this discussion called "Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien)" https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/weenoff-ambian-with-melatonin/ I did this so that you can connect with other members like @almetia3 @elwooodsdad @jakedduck1 @tolepma @sndishpr and others.

Hyundaipro, are you concerned that you may be addicted to zolpidem? Are you wishing to reduce your use of it?

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Yes if I can been taking it since 2002

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@jakedduck1

@hyundaipro
I took Ambien for a while but I had no problems coming off of it. I’ve never tried any other drug I just stayed awake until I eventually fell asleep.
Is your medication still effective or has it stopped putting you to sleep, or if it’s no longer effective perhaps you’re trying to taper off it. Can you provide us any further details?
Take care,
Jake

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I’m just worried I can’t go on a trip might run out or with COVID Dr are quitting just don’t want to dependent I stop for a week and stayed up the whole time scared

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@colleenyoung

Hi @hyundaipro, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect.
How long have you been taking zolpidem? Are you taking it for insomnia?

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Yes about 15 years yes very high anxiety

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I've posted this on another sleep thread here.. typical insomnia for 20 yrs, 72 now. Used Ambien, switched by MD to Ativan, terrible stuff, withdrawal is dangerous, switched to Belsomra which seriously affected my cognitive functioning, Got license and for two yrs been using a tincture of THC/CBD drops under tongue with success. Don't get the typical high feeling, no Cheech & Chong foolishness, just gets me into a deeper sleep state. It's a natural product, non habit forming.

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@wa34937

I've posted this on another sleep thread here.. typical insomnia for 20 yrs, 72 now. Used Ambien, switched by MD to Ativan, terrible stuff, withdrawal is dangerous, switched to Belsomra which seriously affected my cognitive functioning, Got license and for two yrs been using a tincture of THC/CBD drops under tongue with success. Don't get the typical high feeling, no Cheech & Chong foolishness, just gets me into a deeper sleep state. It's a natural product, non habit forming.

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What is it called and thank you

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@hyundaipro

What is it called and thank you

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Medical marijuana. If you live in a State which allows it, make an appt with a MM MD for an authorization to apply for a license. It took a year to perfect the right dosage that allows me to sleep thru the night and not feel a "hang over" the following day. You can then purchase from a legal dispensary where you will find "heads" but you will also see people with serious problems seeking relief. A short time ago I saw a young person who had sustained terrible burns to their face… my heart goes out to them. It is simply a miracle for me waking up after 7hrs of sleep and actually feeling great! Many years spent feeling fatigued which colored my whole day.

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@bernese53

I have been taking 10 mg of Ambien for the last ten years. I have tried melatonin but it did not work for me. I understand that it is important to be under a doctor’s supervision when you cut back on Ambien. Anyone here who has been successful in terms of cutting back/quitting Ambien?

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I took /take Ambien AKA: Zolpidiem and used to be Rx’d 10 mg doses Q @ pm. Then came a change about 6 yrs ago… I was told the max allowable for females is/ was 4 mg and men 5 mg. Sooo that was a hard shock on my system… all I can say is ask your MD if you should be detoxing period. If soo… buy a pill cutter… take it down slow and lower q @ week… ie 1/2 the pill for 2 weeks… then 1/4 the pill q 2 wks.. then 0!! I tried to take melatonin but I had bad nightmares & got no sleep. I know humans need sleep to reboot… so at least 5 hrs guaranteed is valued. I wear a memory foam sleep mask.. no nightlights.. or Computer w/ o blue blocker glasses.. I dim my screen… & sip in Camamille (sp?) tea.. also warm shower that allows my body to cool down to signal my body it’s sleep time! Also, I exercise… to try to tire my body… to boost the chances I will fall asleep. A tip I use.. I sprinkle baby powder inside my pillowcase… it comforts me… let’s me chill to go to sleep! Do NOT take Benadryl! It is an anticholergenic which hastens dementia/Alzheimers! Look up this class of Rxs… I won’t take them and ask my MD if she forgets!!

Good Luck!!

Do NOT go cold turkey!! Could cause a medical emergency… ie Heart attack!!

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@onewhoknows

I took /take Ambien AKA: Zolpidiem and used to be Rx’d 10 mg doses Q @ pm. Then came a change about 6 yrs ago… I was told the max allowable for females is/ was 4 mg and men 5 mg. Sooo that was a hard shock on my system… all I can say is ask your MD if you should be detoxing period. If soo… buy a pill cutter… take it down slow and lower q @ week… ie 1/2 the pill for 2 weeks… then 1/4 the pill q 2 wks.. then 0!! I tried to take melatonin but I had bad nightmares & got no sleep. I know humans need sleep to reboot… so at least 5 hrs guaranteed is valued. I wear a memory foam sleep mask.. no nightlights.. or Computer w/ o blue blocker glasses.. I dim my screen… & sip in Camamille (sp?) tea.. also warm shower that allows my body to cool down to signal my body it’s sleep time! Also, I exercise… to try to tire my body… to boost the chances I will fall asleep. A tip I use.. I sprinkle baby powder inside my pillowcase… it comforts me… let’s me chill to go to sleep! Do NOT take Benadryl! It is an anticholergenic which hastens dementia/Alzheimers! Look up this class of Rxs… I won’t take them and ask my MD if she forgets!!

Good Luck!!

Do NOT go cold turkey!! Could cause a medical emergency… ie Heart attack!!

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I'd be a little cautious with the baby power in the pillow. One of the components of most baby powder is talc, which is find for the bottom, but should not be breathed. Not good for the lungs.

Many drugs have side effects (i.e. your body over responding to some component), more or less depending on the person, lifestyle, environment and how long they are taken. I didn't know about the Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Makes you wonder if anyone reads the warning labels?!?

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