How to wean yourself off Ambien? I've taken it since Jan of 2009 and want to try Benadryl?
- 14 Mar 2010 by janny108
- ambien, benadryl, valerian root, sleep disorders, valerian, sleep
with Ambien I sleep a good 5-6 hrs but need something else. If I wake up, I can't go back to sleep. I tried valerian root but it's not lasting. but it's a good relaxation herb and it's been documented in many studies so I'm keeping it but not taking it at night. I'm recovering from a sinus infection and feel that benadryl would be helpful.
I would like to stop taking ambien, how to do that?
29 Feb 2012
I took ambien for 8 years and have finally weaned off this horrible drug. I was so desperate that I ready to check myself into an inpatient rehab center. I went to a therapist as a last resort who referred me to a psychiatrist (who could prescribe drugs) and she prescribed Trazadone. Trazadone is an anti-depressant that also promotes seratonin and is non-addictive. It takes about 2 weeks to get used to, but I went off ambien cold turkey and now sleep like a baby. I'm a new person and feel like I have my life back again. Also, don't drink for at least the first two weeks of taking Trazadone. You'll find that drinking less really promotes restful sleep.
7 Oct 2011
Hi janny108. Not knowing your dose but a beginners is usually 10mg. I'd take either 1/4 less, or drop it by 5mg. See, how you do. Its not a benzodiazepine, such as Dalmane, and thats why its become more and more popular. You should be fine. If, you're on 20mg, then try the same formula and see how you do. The benadryl, you might find, will not be as effective as the ambien is.You could ask your doctor, she/he will work with you.best wishes to you.
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