Ambien (Zolpidem)

Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem. It is a prescription medication used for insomnia.

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Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take Librium and Ambien together?

I believe it's safe, as they were given to me by a doctor while I was in the hosputal, at the same time.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Is it safe to crush Ambien?

Contrary to what's written below, I've used Ambien (not the CR version) as medically prescribed for a number of months now. I have some small trouble taking pills/capsules, and intentionally crushed some of my dosages. I've noticed no problems when I've done benefits nor drawbacks either. I've never tried "snorting" ANY drug, and couldn't possibly advise it. I WOULD advise consulting your physician prior to trying crushing and taking this drug yourself, and accept NO RESPONSIBILITY for those trying this otherwise.

Al Cooper

You can crush and swallow ambien to no ill effect. The action of the drug may be somewhat faster. The pill dissolves within 90 seconds after you swallow it, anyway. Crushing Ambien CR is contraindicated as it is a time release (and expensive) medicine.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take 20 mg of Ambien?

Yes, you should be able to take 20mg of ambien without causing any damage to your body. The most I've ever taken at once was 60mg and lived to tell the tale. However, keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to most drugs; if this is your first time you should work up to 20mg.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take Ambien and pristiq at the same time?

Ambien is a hypnotic CNS depressant and pristiq is an anti-depressant. While they can be taken together, watch for signs of worsening depression.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Crazy things that people do while taking ambien?

I think it’s unknown

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take Ambien Vicodin and flexeril together?

Yes. VERY DANGEROUS COMBINATION! I say yes very hesitantly because this is a life threatening combo that would make you highly sedated (blackout) if you were lucky enough not to overdose. So can you? Yes, but why risk it? The ambien alone should be enough to knock you out. If you are suicidal talk to someone. If you must try it keep the opiate dose (hydrocodone) very low at 5-10 mg. This is the where the most risk is.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take Ambien and opiates together?

I have for years at normal levels.Watch for sleepwalking sleep-eating or other events during sleep that you will not remember.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you mix Restoril with Ambien?

Yes, you can, but in very low doses. Im actually on both right now and i feel like i could fall asleep all night. with out any problems.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Is it safe to take Zoloft and Ambien?

My doc has precribed this to me for 6 months. I still doing well.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can Ambien and Concerta be taken together?

Concerta is an amphetamine derivative, which is a stimulant. Ambien is a hypnotic, used for sleep. Sometimes physicians will prescribe Ambien or another sleeping pill to help people sleep if they are on Concerta. You should consult your physician prior to taking any medications especially with mixing of medications.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Which is stronger ambien 5mg or ambien 10mg?

The 10mg Ambien is stronger than the 5mg Ambien.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take Ambien and Prednisone together?

You should always check with your doctor for your individual case, but mine allows me to. I have both asthma and insomnia. He is aware that I am on both, and said it is fine.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

What is the lethal dose of Ambien?

It is very hard to reach human lethal dosage with Ambien. Mice were dosed to 80mg/kg/day in mutagenics study and did just fine. This is the equilvalent of well over 10 times the recommended daily adult dose. And while extreme overdoses have produced coma, I can't find a single death. In short, I can't determine what the lethal dose is for ambien. There is an insufficient number of fatalities to make this assessment. However, the dose is a lot higher than you may think. You're advised to stick to the prescription with this medication.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

How fast does Ambien work?

Ambien is one of the most prescribed medications for insomnia - it will usually take effect within 45 minutes after ingestion. However, Ambien does not work on all people. By the way, do not drink ETOH if you are taking ambien.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can I take Xanax with Ambien CR?


The short answer is yes, but with caution. I wouldn't recommend taking Xanax at night along with the Ambien as the drugs will magnify the effects of each other resulting in increased side effects. If you take Xanax as needed during the day for anxiety and then take Ambien CR at night for sleep you should be fine. But trust me, if you take both at the same time you will have quite a nasty pill "hangover". Also, don't be afraid to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns; that's why they're there. Hope this helps, Devlin Buchanan Nursing Student Sinclair Community College Dayton, Ohio B. Emphasis is on taking the two at the same time and sometimes it is difficult to know when the Xanax is at a safe level to add another respiratory depressing agent such as Ambien or Lunesta. Heath Ledger thought he was taking safe amounts of the prescribed medications and had the worst outcome: accidental death. If your doctor prescribes both medications, then you will know when to take them, i.e. when to take the last Xanax before taking an Ambien CR. Pharmacists are good resources for medication interactions, however pharmacies are busy places and some will not speak with you unless you are a patient or if they think you are asking about medications which are not prescribed for you.
This is a dangerous combination and should only be used with recommendation from the doctor.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take Ambien with Valium?

A hypothetical patient may be safely prescribed this drug combination. However the combination is not appropriate for every patient. As Ambien and Valium are each prescription drugs, they should only be taken (singularly or in combination) under the specific direction of a doctor or other provider.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

What are the side effects of Ambien?

The possible side effects are as follows, Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, constipation, diarrhea, and dry mouth AMBIEN is considered a safe sleep aid when taken as directed. It is not a barbituate, but rather a HYPNOTIC. It has the least amount of side effects of most sleeping pills. It puts you into a state where you fall asleep quickly and most times does not create next day "fogginess" or "dopiness". It's generally used for SHORT term insomnia, and it CAN become psychologically dependent, but most doctors stay on top of it. DO NOT drink alcohol with it, as you will find yourself unable to stand up or negotiate stairs. Take with water or juice and hop into bed; it acts that quickly. OTHER strong sleeping pills can make you feel "out of it" the next day and also make you feel nauseated. (Remember when President Bush puked on the Head Of State in China?) Stay away from that crap. If Ambien doesn't suit you well, ask for Rozeram or Lunesta. GOOD LUCK.<> === === On March 14, 2007, the FDA issued a warning regarding the risks associated with Ambien and similar drugs. It warned that Ambien and similar drugs can cause "complex sleep-related behaviors which may include sleep-driving, making phone calls, and preparing and eating food (while asleep)." When this happens, the FDA advised that the person has "no memory of the event." Similar warnings were issued by the Australian Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee in 2002 and then again in 2007. It cautioned to "be alert to the fact that zolpidem [Ambien] may be associated with distressing neurological or psychiatric reactions …." Similarly, the instructions for Ambien, which were approved by the FDA and are dated August 29, 2005, advise that: "A variety of abnormal thinking and behavior changes have been reported to occur in association with the use of sedative/hypnotics. Some of these changes may be characterized by decreased inhibition (e.g., aggressiveness and extroversion that seemed out of character), similar to effects produced by alcohol and other CNS depressants. Visual and auditory hallucinations have been reported as well as behavioral changes such as bizarre behavior, agitation, and depersonalization. Amnesia, anxiety and other neuro-psychiatric symptoms may occur unpredictably." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also described the behavior exhibited by drivers stopped for DUI who, were not intoxicated with alcohol, but instead found to be on Ambien. NHTSA describes the behavior of Ambien drivers to include "erratic driving (weaving, lane travel), slow and slurred speech, slow reflexes, dazed appearance, disorientation, confusion, loss of balance and coordination, loss of short-term memory, blacking out, somnolence, dilated pupils, double vision, poor performance on field sobriety tests, poor attention, and an inability to stand or walk unassisted." This description is consistent with the information contained on the Mayo Clinic web site which states: "Some changes that have occurred in people taking this medicine are like those seen in people who drink alcohol and then act in a manner that is not normal." When these side effects of Ambien are viewed as a percentage of the total number of people taking Ambien, they can be categorized as rare. But, when viewed by the frequency of cases reported, they are not insignificant. For example, Wisconsin is a state that tests for Ambien whenever a person is charged with DUI. In that state alone, the number of drivers stopped for DUI and testing positive for Ambien has gone from 24 in 2000 to 53 in 2005. Indeed, the number of people who have suffered these strange behaviors are sufficient for them to have acquired a special name. They are called "Ambien Zombies." The type of behaviors that people have experienced from Ambien vary widely. The most commonly reported are "sleep walking," "sleep eating," and "sleep driving." However, one common thread that appears consistent throughout is amnesia. The people who experience these behaviors are in a twilight zone at the time, somewhere between sleep and wakefulness. They are not conscious of their behavior and, afterwards, do not recall anything about what they have done. For example, Ken Sassower, a staff neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston said that a colleague who had taken Ambien, could not recall advising residents on rounds the next morning even though he made those rounds. In other cases, 1. People have made phone calls or sent E-mails they don't remember, have ordered items from shopping channels they don't recall, have done laundry, cooked, cleaned the house, moved furniture, and found all sorts of debris in their kitchens from late night snacks they don't remember. 2. They've eaten things like non-edible objects, raw eggs, uncooked vegetables, and even cigarettes with no recollection of ever doing these things. 3. Still others have reported that, after falling asleep on Ambien, they took more Ambien without any recollection of doing so and one person reported taking all of her allergy medication, with no recollection of taking it. She only realized she had taken the allergy medication when she found the medicine bottle empty the next morning. 4. A physician in South Dakota reported that he sent a mass e-mail one night, full of foul language, to many friends and family inviting them to go on vacation to Mexico. 5. In another case, a New York lab technician was assaulted twice after taking Ambien when she opened her door for a stranger, something she said she would have never done if she'd been conscious. 6. The behaviors can be quite bizarre. For example, one woman colored her daughter purple while she was sleeping, another woman painted her front door without being conscious of doing it, and another woman defacated during the night in her closets and on the basement floor. None of them had any recollection of these events. And, in London, a girl left her house and climbed to the top of a 40 meter crane. 8. In many cases, after taking Ambien, people have driven in their sleep with no recollection of what happened the next morning. Doctors affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center reported the cases of two Ambien users who told them they slept-drove to the supermarket while under the drug's influence but had no recollection of doing this the next day. In a separate Internet posting, a man reported that he woke up in his driveway with his car bumper in the front seat of his car with him. While he has no recollection of what occurred, he presumed he ran over something in the middle of the night, pulled his (plastic) bumper off, put it in the front seat and drove home. In another case, a woman, after taking Ambien, woke up in a hotel two hours from her home with no recollection of driving anywhere. Ambien has even blemished the pristine driving record of a registered nurse in Denver. After taking Ambien and going to bed, she got into her car wearing only a thin nightshirt in 20-degree weather. After having a fender bender, she urinated in the middle of the intersection and became violent to police officers. 9. With respect to the hallucinations that can be caused by Ambien, one person writes: "I would literally see images, like faces, in the walls or in the designs of tile floors." And another person relates experiencing "crazy nightmares that upon waking I swear these were real and that I had actually talked to the people in the dream." 10. One woman reports that she was awaken by her daughter about 4 hours after taking Ambien. Her daughter asked her to sign some papers, which she did, after which she made breakfast for her and her daughter. Thereafter, she drove her daughter to her friend's house and then drove both of them to school. On the way back home, she stopped a strange man in a vehicle and approached him for his phone number but, after refusing her request, she gave him her phone number. Thereafter, she drove home and slammed her car into the garage wall. She then telephoned her father and told him about hitting the wall with her car. Later, she could remember nothing about any of these events. 11. Another person reported, that after going to sleep on Ambien, he was awakened by a friend. Subsequently, he did not recall anything about his friend awakening him or what he did after he was awoken. However, his friend told him that, when he awoke, he became violent and exhibited multi-personalities each with a different voice. 12. There are also cases that involve side effects experienced the day after ingesting Ambien. Indeed, the manufacturer's instructions, dated August 29, 2005, recognizes this when it warns that patients may experience effects "that may occur the day following ingestion." Examples of instances reported include one person who reported that he woke up 16 hours after taking Ambien and his wife and children described him as a "walking zombie." He "cooked up a storm," "emptied a ¼ bottle of vodka," and trashed the bedroom. His wife and children tried to wake him up but they were unsuccessful. Typical of Ambien side effects, he had no recollection of any of these events. In another case, a woman reports that, 14 hours after taking Ambien, she wrecked two cars in one day and has "little recollection of the incidents." Another person described his next day experiences this way: "I feel so incredibly agitated, drugged and disoriented the next day, that I think I'd rather just feel sleep deprived. It affects my memory and my fine motor coordination and I tremble. I even tried taking a nap during the next day but this doesn't relieve the drugged, disoriented feeling." In another case, an attorney who had been taking Ambien for three years without incident, reported that he has begun to experience some loss of memory and mental acuity during the day and, at a social gathering one night, found himself misstating things. In another case, a man reports that "I just don't remember my morning events for about 3 or 4 hours after I wake up." One morning, after going to work, he went to Starbucks but had no recollection of it until someone mentioned it to him that night. AMBIEN'S MECHANISM OF ACTION (I am not a doctor but this is what I have learned about the way Ambien works) Ambien interacts with the GABAa receptor. GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter of the brain, occurring in 30-40% of all synapses (second only to glutamate as a major brain neurotransmitter). The method by which Ambien works is to increase the affinity of the GABAa receptor to GABA. When GABA binds with a GABAa receptor, (more specifically, the BZ1 subunit of the GABAa receptor) it opens an ion channel that allows Cl- to enter the cell. This results in an electrical change that inhibits or suppresses the post-synaptic neuron from firing. Since GABA is competing with excitatory neurotransmitters, the degree to which it inhibits or suppresses the firing of the postsynaptic neuron is dependent on the number of receptors to which GABA actually binds and the concomitant amount of Cl- that enters the cell through the ion channel. By increasing the affinity of the GABAa receptor to GABA, Ambien increases the number of GABAa receptors to which GABA actually binds. The result is that more ion channels open to allow Cl- into the cell. The more Cl- that enters the cell, the greater is the inhibitory or suppressive effect upon the postsynaptic neuron's ability to fire. By inhibiting or suppressing the firing of postsynaptic neurons in different parts of the brain in this manner, Ambien suppresses or interferes with the normal operation of the brain's mechanisms. The exact effect depends upon what areas of the brain the firing of the postsynaptic neurons are being inhibited or suppressed and the degree of the inhibition or suppression. One of the regions of the brain containing a high concentration of GABA is the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus affects feeding behavior, metabolism, motor activity, and plays an important role in the control of sleep. Another portion of the brain in which one of the highest concentrations of GABA is found is the hippocampus. This area of the brain plays an essential role in memory formation. It's responsible for the transfer of information into memory. Its importance is illustrated by the fact that damage to the hippocampus can result in substantial difficulties in forming new memories (anterograde amnesia) and can affect access to memories prior to the damage (retrograde amnesia). GABA is also found in high concentrations in the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia affect things like the ability to control speech and movement.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Does Zolpidem Tartrate contain opiates?

ambien does not contain opiates. if it did, it would be in a schedule 2 controlled substance list. Ambien is a controlled substance number 4, which means it has a tiney chance of addiction., more like a dependency.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

How long does Ambien and xanax stay in system?

Chronic use (6 months or more of daily use)of Xanax can take as long as 4-6 weeks to completely detox. Recreational use is usually 3-5 days depending on body weight, mg's taken, duration of use, etc.

Ambien is a grey area. As far as I know there is no commercially available drug test to determine if ambien is present in urine. However, it does replicate benzos like Xanax & acts on similar receptors in the brain. So logic tells me the detox time would be similar. but I can't say for sure... Most pharmaceuticals that are not chronically abused take between 3-5 days to detox.

Im no Dr. Just a regular dude who pushed my limits way too far.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

What happens if you take 6 Ambien with beer?

Your pants, crap them you wiil. Then, forever sleep. In between, run around naked you might.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

How long does it take to cold turkey from Zolpidem?

Seek medical advise when withdrawing from this drug, as the withdrawal is supposed to be very unpleasant. Withdrawal is different for each individual depending on how much taken, and how regular.

See related links for some useful information about this drug.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take Ambien with gabapentin?


Ambien (Zolpidem)

Is it ok to take Ambien with aricept?

Ambien is for sleep, Aricept is for early Alzheimer's. Their are no drug interactions in taking the two together.

Ambien (Zolpidem)

What happens when you take 30mg Ambien?

If you take 30 mg. Ambien and you never have before, you may have two problems; the first is that if youv'e never taken Ambien before, the normal dose is 10 mg. So if you decided to triple the dose right away, you would likely get very sleepy, very fast. The 2nd thing that might occur, especially if you have never taken this medication before or you take this dose with a mixed stomach (ie other medications or alcohol). The best case scenario is you would fall asleep very quickly, and sleep solidly through the night, and upon a waking maybe having a slight hang over from the meds. The 2nd and not so good scenario is this: you take 30mg all at once you go to bed with a hopefully empty stomach (meaning you havent taking any other drugs that might interact with the ambien and make you even sleepier, this includes any alcohol.) Hopefully you would just fall into an easy slumber, but the problem is if you are not used to taking this much medication, or this much medication+whatever else you have in your system could cause your breathing to get very slow and erratic once you are asleep. As your breathing slows, so does your heart. Over the next few hours you are asleep your heart slows down so much that it cant get blood ti your brain or organs. At this poin the diaphragm would also stop working and when this happens the lungs can no long inflate and deflate. This means your lungs are no longer providing oxygen to your body or brain. Once this happens,all organs cease to function and the person would die. This is especially true if you are taking ambien by snuffing it, or injecting it. It is a miracle drug when it comes to helping a person fall asleep. But, like anything it has to be taken appropriately, or even the most benign drug can be fatal, Ambien can be given as a prescription up to 30mg. But that has to be determined by the Dr. The Dr will take into consideration if you are on any other meds and how much you drink, Hell also take into consideration how tolerant or intolerant you are to the specific medication. 30 mg is a high dose, but it is used for people with extreme insomnia and anxiety. Whatever you do, do not buy these pills on line! You never know if you are getting what you think your getting. Often these meds are made in someones bathtub, and it is :guessing" science. In other word they "think"the right ammount of the sleeping agent in Ambien is in there, but they are not really sure. If you feel you need these meds for any reason, go to your family doc. He will more than likely give it to you, and hell start you on the dose that would be most beneficial to you, It might be 10mg at bed or maybe they will prescribe the 30mg if they think it's really warranted. Just remember, they know what they are doing, and they do not want to do anything that might mean you wont wake up the next day, So do me a favor, take this route instead. Use your doc, that's what they are there for and ask for the med you need by name. Just be sure when you go home to take it for the first time that you take it responsibly; don't drink alcohol, and only take as much as they prescribe and no more. If you find that the dose you are on isn't working, then go back to the dox, and more often than not they will bump it for you, cause believe it ot not, they do really care about you, and want you to be able to sleep well~

Vertigo, nausea and vomiting can be expected if you are new to the drug. Don't exceed the 10mg dose, this drug is RUTHLESSLY habit forming and hell to detox.


I just have to say that if you are using this medication responsably, it is neither difficult to detox from (as it is not technically habit forming), or habit forming, if taken in the proper way. 10-30mg at bedtime every night, does not a drug addict make. This is a very simple drug to stop using if it is being used correctly. The person who said it took years from their lives, I have to believe that she was not using it correctly and was more than likely either shooting it up or snorting it up her nose. This is not what this med was to be used for, so coming in and telling, and possibly scaring people away from a very good, helpful drug, just because you did not know how to use it properly doesnt mean that the rest of us who follow the instructions to the t should be told to stay away from something that for many people is their savior so they can fall asleep. Do me a favor, and keep those kinds of thoughts to yourselves, as you are in the rare minority of people. And scaring people away from a drug that could be hugely useful to them by saying its RUTHLESSLY habit forming, is just a down and out right lie. This is completely untrue, and I can say this from personal experience. I recently ran out of my meds and didnt have my meds for five days. There was no detox, I just couldn't fall asleep. So in the future please think about what you are saying:it is obvious you were not using these the ways they were prescribed and therefore made it hell for you to get off of, but for the vast majority of people who will ever use these meds, they will use them the way they were prescribed, and they will give us the relief we were prescribed. Do us all a favor and keep your thoughts to yourself when you are using a legal drug illegally. Because when you come on here people are reading this like these kinds of problems will happen to all of them, and its absolutely not the truth; if taken correctly there are no nasty side effects, and no difficulties in getting off of them in the long run. Please whatever you do, don't put anymore of these posts up as at this point you do not know what you are talking about, and could cause more harm than good to the people who are coming for info!

Ambien (Zolpidem)

Can you take Ambien after taking plan b?

There are no known drug interactions between Plan B and Ambien.


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