Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien)

Posted by lusia @lusia, Dec 9, 2017

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

Now using Trazodone. Down to 2 mg of Ambien. I am planning on always having Ambien, in case I on a trip or business trip. This will only be once in a while. Ambien is designed for about 3 days every once in a while. Good luck.

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I have added 3mg of melatonin at night about 30minutes before I sleep since I am tapering off of quetiapine and have experienced some sleep problems at night. This has helped me fall asleep and stay asleep. I was getting up at least three times at night and now I wake up only twice but fall asleep right away. It is only early but I hope that this will last until the next dosage reduction of quetiapine.

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@medicmikey

Was on Ambien from May 2004 till May 2017. Started at 5mg and at one time, was taking 70mg (yeah you read that right) a night. I was on 12.5mg er when I had just had enough. It is easy to form a dependency or even an addiction to Zolpidem and have your life or lifestyle depend on it. Currently, I take one Tylenol pm, 1 10 mg melatonin and smoke some cannabis about an hour before bed. If you are going to break a long term dependency on Ambien, cannabis is key in my opinion. It treats anxiety, depression, insomnia and has anti-inflammatory properties and the CBD’s help with memory and nerve repair and have been known to kill toxic cells like cancer. Cannabis has no “next day grogginess” and comes in raw form or edibles, drops, mist and can even be rubbed on ( transdermal ). The LD50 ( lethal dose that it takes to kill 50% populous) is 1500lbs consumed in 24 hours which is just about impossible. It’s worth a try if it’s available to you. Moderation as always is the key.

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Medicmickey. Somebody please please help me Ambien 10mg is making me panic attacks really really bad during the day anxiety I'm coming out of my skin right now. I've tried everything I have a vape that someone gave me with 87% THC medic Mickey I've tried it before and it didn't work tell me what to do somebody please help me I am losing my mind I need help bad please please please somebody help me

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@sookie

Medicmickey. Somebody please please help me Ambien 10mg is making me panic attacks really really bad during the day anxiety I'm coming out of my skin right now. I've tried everything I have a vape that someone gave me with 87% THC medic Mickey I've tried it before and it didn't work tell me what to do somebody please help me I am losing my mind I need help bad please please please somebody help me

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What helped me was Trazodone. The only problem was I did not sleep the whole night. I have started to take 5 mil with Trazodone and that is helping. Would see a Doctor however. Hope this helps.

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@bernese53

Be gentle with yourself. I have been taking Ambien since 9/11. I can’t sleep without it and have decided that it is okay to continue to take it. You may reach a different conclusion but please be gentle with yourself in terms of thinking about your insomnia.

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Started taking a little Ambien again. Nothing else would let me sleep more than a few hours. I have decided I am OK with some Ambien.

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@maryshipley

Started taking a little Ambien again. Nothing else would let me sleep more than a few hours. I have decided I am OK with some Ambien.

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@maryshipley, I am planning to see a therapist who specializes in insomnia and he understands that I am hoping to wean off Ambien. Going on a vacation out of country for two weeks and will see him after. I totally rely on my meds to sleep. 5 mg Ambien, .25 Xanax., 5 mg melatonin and 2 Benadryl.. If I wake up at 2 or 3, I take another 5 ambien, It is so wonderful to sleep at night, but my doctor is insistent that i wean off ambien and the Xanax. Can’t imagine doing without.

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I hear you. Sleep deprivation has even caused some depression in me. Let me know when you see your sleep therapist. Think I will do the same. Still think Ambien is a wonderful drug. Try meditation, it also helps me. I use the calm app. Good luck.

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@maryshipley Thanks. I agree that about ambien. Tried the calm app. Helped once! Returning end of October. Will keep you posted on therapist.

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@sookie

Medicmickey. Somebody please please help me Ambien 10mg is making me panic attacks really really bad during the day anxiety I'm coming out of my skin right now. I've tried everything I have a vape that someone gave me with 87% THC medic Mickey I've tried it before and it didn't work tell me what to do somebody please help me I am losing my mind I need help bad please please please somebody help me

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I am concerned about your panic attacks. Is there a health care provider who is willing to work with you to lessen the panic? Please keep in touch with the members of Connect and let us know how you are doing.

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@sookie

Medicmickey. Somebody please please help me Ambien 10mg is making me panic attacks really really bad during the day anxiety I'm coming out of my skin right now. I've tried everything I have a vape that someone gave me with 87% THC medic Mickey I've tried it before and it didn't work tell me what to do somebody please help me I am losing my mind I need help bad please please please somebody help me

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@sookie – I agree with @bernese53 that getting in touch with your doctor as soon as possible would be very appropriate with the side effect of panic attacks. Have you gotten to share this with him or her? How are you doing today?

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@sookie

Medicmickey. Somebody please please help me Ambien 10mg is making me panic attacks really really bad during the day anxiety I'm coming out of my skin right now. I've tried everything I have a vape that someone gave me with 87% THC medic Mickey I've tried it before and it didn't work tell me what to do somebody please help me I am losing my mind I need help bad please please please somebody help me

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@sookie, just checking in with you to see how you are doing?

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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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Not me yet, I am taking way too many because my tolerance level is high now with it, I need to get off but don't know how. My insurance doesn't cover mental health for in treatment and I can't afford it. I saw a psychiatrist for a year but she had me on Zombie meds so I weaned myself off them a year later and they were expensive but not treating my insomnia and anxiety issues. $350.00 to see her every 6 months and then the med cost and it wasn't solving my problems. Any ideas other than locking me in a room for 2 weeks and deal with the insomnia. I had it since I was a child so this is a long time of this so Ambien is a lifesaver but killing us at the same time. Before the Psychiatrist I saw a therapist and really felt the need to send me for more care.

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