I am prescribed ambien and trazadone for insomnia I only sleep for short periods of time? Now when I got the ambien I was told that it was the strongest sleep aid available - it was also a controlled substance. Now my trazadone isn't but i feel like ambien doesn't even come close to making me fall asleep. Now my doctor said to only take one when I told her one wasn't working she said that you can't take two at a time. Do you have any opinions on theses meds or what I've said?
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18 Oct 2010
I would say to weigh the pros and cons. On this website, check out each medication, read its side effects... the most obvious are that Ambien is a Controlled Substance, meaning it has a potential for addiction. Trazodone, on the other hand, is a great med for falling asleep and staying asleep. I would choose the Trazodone, personally. I have read a few reports about people doing weird things while they sleep on Ambien, like eat, drive, or do things that just don't make sense. I hope this has helped! Good luck, let me know what you decide to do!
29 Jan 2011
Hi, I was prescribed trazadone 100mg and it my heart race something terrible! My psychriatrist replied that he never heard of that side effect. Trazadone did work but the racing heart scared me so I stopped taking it. So I was prescribed ambien 10 mg and it did not work at all. I would say it is NOT the strongest sleep aid available. I don't know if it is controlled or not. I will look it up. I am bipolar and was prescribed Seroqual 800mg and it worked great. Of course is has side effects. Then my psychriatrist took me off and now I am on Restoril 30mg (benzo) it is ok but I wish I had my Seroqual. My advice is ask your Dr. for ambien cr or maybe try Restoril 15mg or better yet 30mg. Good luck and best wishes. Dee088
8 Jun 2011
Hi all i was perscribed ambien 10 mg and it was horrible i was sleepwalking and sleep eating and once sleep driving my girlfriend woke up one night to me on the middle of the floor with the vacum and a remot controll she said i told her i was fixing the vacume so i did not like the ambien ive tryed trazadone and it didnt work so my doc put me on restirol and it works wonders ive been sleeping all night and wake up refreshed
9 Nov 2011
Trazadone has by far been much better a sleep aid in the long-term. Ambien stops working well if you keep taking it. And often one wakes up early after taking it. On the other hand, Trazadone lasts much longer. I have been taking Trazadone for the past 12 years. And I add Ambien when I need to get to sleep a lot earlier when I have to get up at e.g. 4:30 a.m. which is NOT my usual time.
No need to worry about taking both of them--but just short term on the Ambien. I am followed by a herd of doctors at a very respectable University medical system that have had no problem with me taking Ambien as needed in addition to my Trazadone.
If you're not getting good sleep with Trazadone, then you may need a higher dose of it.
9 Nov 2011
Trazadone I've found to be a better long-term sleep aid. Ambien is great for occasionally, but it is addictive and it's effects will taper off with time. I have been taking Trazadone for the past 12 years. I occasionally take Ambien when I need to get to sleep earlier when I have to get up very early, e.g. 4:30 a.m. My doctors have had no problem with me taking both of them in this way.
If you don't get sleepy from the Trazadone, you may need a larger dose of it. Talk to your doctor in that case.
24 Nov 2011
I have been told by my doc NOT to mix those two meds. Ambien mixed with other sleep meds will seize your breathing. I tried Ambien short time and I experienced strange eating habits late pm. Did not recall eating but the evidence was in the kitchen next AM! Scared me what else I might do and not recall. Trazadone if/when it works inconsistently for me !!! I experience 3 or 4 hrs sleep with it and feel in fog next am for hours. Horrible hangover... I have hit a brick wall still cant sleep. Anyone pls commit... I do the dark room, nothing but try to sleep in my room, music/silence etc... cant sleep...
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