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I have just been on Ambien for around 10 days. I was taking

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I have just been on Ambien for around 10 days. I was taking around 7mg. and have over the past two days gone down to 5mg. I am highly sensitive and seem to have some withdrawal symptoms of waking up at 2:00pm and not going back to sleep that well without taking something natural to relax me. How long should I take the 5mg. dosage before I wean myself off entirely? I know it is important to titrate down. I have also added Melatonin and a product that has Valerian in it.

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Suzanne [email protected]

Dr. Kaushik :

Hi there,

Dr. Kaushik :

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Dr. Kaushik :

Well, it is but natural to face insomnia at night now that you have been trying to wean off ambien , so it is expected to have these sleep problems but on a good note , you need not worry and continue to use natural remedies to bring sleep untill you are completely off ambien.

Dr. Kaushik :

As far as ambien is concerned well you need to be on 5 mg dose for a total of 7 days , so another 5 days moe to go and then yo can stop ambien ..

Dr. Kaushik :

It is is good to have started on melatonin as a sleep aid , it really works ..

Dr. Kaushik :

So, stick to ambien at 5 mg dose for another 5 days and then stop it completely ..

Dr. Kaushik :

Count 1 week from the day you stop ambien for the withdrawal side effect of insomnia to get over..

Dr. Kaushik :

Continue to use melatonin and valerian supplement meanwhile..

Dr. Kaushik :

I hope this helps and answers your query..

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Regards..

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I was a little confused about the answer about taking natural supplements while weaning off? Is it ok to take the valerian and the melatonin while on the 5mg for those next 5 days?

Yes..

 

i am sorry if that confused you..

 

What i meant was to continue to use melatonin and valerian for the next 5 days till you continue on 5 mg dose of ambien..

 

I hope this answers your query..

 

Please press the ACCEPT button if you are satisfied with the answer as only then will i be credited for my service.

 

Regards..

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