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Has anyone used Ambien to help nerve pain? I use it and it helps for several hours?

32 Answers

kaismama 20 Aug 2014

Ambien is a sleeping pill and should not be used for other purposes.

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DrFab2021 22 Jun 2018

No a useful comment.

DrFab2021 22 Jun 2018

Not a useful comment.

shawnNhouston 26 Jan 2021

This a simple response of one person who does not know the agony of ongoing nerve pain and fibromyalgia.

Marka3 13 Feb 2021

Many drugs are used off label for different reasons. Example: Hydroxychloroquine is now used to treat early Covid-19 infections, but was used for 60 years to treat malaria. Ambien or Zolpidem has been very effective in sleep and pain control for me personally.

Tagwoao1 1 Sep 2021

Ambien was made and used in the 60's and 70's as pain medication used for neuropathy. Ambien was eventually changed to be used as a sleeping pill. My doctor believes it was changed because of the number of patients that fell asleep on it in the first half hour and were sleep walking. driving and eating etc. So even though they know it was the only real drug that has worked on nerve pain they changed it to be used for sleeping. What they should have done was added to ambien something else that could counter act the part that makes you tired to use during the day and at night the regular ambien. But unless you have real chronic pain you cannot even begin to understand. So all these people taking there pills at night to go to sleep have every right to talk about how it helps with pain because it was made and did work for pain. And besides no one has said they take it during the day. They just want help with there pain just like I do.

Scobledoo 12 Mar 2015

I've got major back problems that effect how I walk, sit stand, everything really. I can only maintain correct posture for moments, and certain muscles get paralyzed from time to time. When I take an ambien, it all disappears and I can walk, run, jump just like I should be able to. Wears off after a few hours without any soreness. Check out "the ambien effect". It's a vice documentary that show some fascinating examples, a man who can't speak due to brain injury is able to have pretty normal conversations, and other

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Inactive 4 Nov 2018

I have nerve damage from a doctor hitting my spine with the needles during a back epidural injection for a herniated disc. My right foot has been asleep for over 18 months and I violently twisted on the table which has caused intercostal neuralgia on my left side by my chest and ribs. Every time I lay down or sit the nerve pain is unbearable. I have tried every nerve drug possible and for some reason the only drug that helps is Ambien. I take it after I get in bed, I lay there in unbearable nerve pain every night then after 1 hour or so I take an Ambien and the pain goes away. I have told my doctors about this but no one understands why. I think it acts as a strong muscle relaxer. I wish they would do more research on this because It really works and none of the nerve damage drugs have done much for me and the medical community seems to know very little about helping nerve damage. I also take It with a 50mg of Lyrica. I have not tried It in the day yet but if my unbearable pain continues I will have to. Does anyone else have a story like this?

Suzie Philip 12 Oct 2019

I was very surprised to read about others having the same response as myself to nerve pain in regards to Ambien.
I have an atrophic (dead but still misphires) L5 nerve root... this particular diagnosis by Johns Hopkins NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) test.
And an operation in that nerve root to attempt to disconnect the pain signal to the brain, unsuccessfully.
My pain from the waist down in extreme, burning, electrical like, and somewhat paralyzing. When I take my Ambien, it definitely changes something in my brain and makes the pain more bearable somehow.
I hate taking meds, but not his one.
I also wish scientists could discover the relationship between nerve pain and the benefits of Ambien on this pain.

leenie61 31 Mar 2017

My 22 yr old son was in an extremely bad motorcycle accident. His hand was actually off and it was reattached. I cant describe the nerve pain that he is constantly in and was told he will always have it. He has been on all of the medications that are supposed to calm it but nothing seems to work because of the severity of the nerve damage.

I then gave him a 10mg ambien and to our surprise, it eased the nerve pain to the point of being tolerable. It also seems to last longer and is the best relief he has had outside of oxicodone's and oxicontin. I wish they were able to pinpoint what it is within the pill that has all of these other wonderful side effects of nerve/brain injury/pain.

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DrFab2021 22 Jun 2018

I was in a terrible car accident subsequent to which I developed facial neuralgia (called trigeminal neuralgia, for the three close branches of the nerve). One night, I was taking my sleeping pill, ambien, and noticed its immediate effect on the neuralgia (i.e. = no more stabbing or nerve pain). I didn't last but for two hours, but what a relief! I wish pharmacologists would study what in this sleeping pill relieves pain so efficiently. I am now making all my doctors aware of it.

Aletheia Rivers 11 Aug 2017

I have ulnar nerve compression in both arms, and median nerve compression in my right hand. I am looking into getting surgery to correct the problem, rather than to medicate it. Hopefully it will be successful.

With all that said I have recently noticed an unusual phenomenon: at night when I take my Ambien for sleep, the neuropathy caused by the compression completely goes away. It's amazing!

I've never tried using the drug during the day. I'm not sure that I will. But I sure look forward to it causing this effect at night.

I have tried Lyrica, meloxicam and tramadol. Ambien is the only thing that completely gets rid of the pain.

I think it must be more than a muscle relaxant or GABA potentiating effect, because I also take Klonopin and it does not do anything for the neuropathy.

Because I thought I might be imagining the effect, I decided to Google it and have found several conversations on several different sites and which others are experiencing the same thing.

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Inactive 4 Nov 2018

Yes- I have experienced the same thing by accident. When I take 1 at night It takes away my intercostal neuralgia intense pain. I have tried every nerve drug possible and for some reason when I take 1 -50mg Lyrica with 1 -10mg Ambien my pain goes away. I wish they would research this more because there is a lot the medical community does not know about nerve damage drugs or why they even work.

Brad Noble 9 Mar 2018

I have had two back surgeries live in pain everyday bad nerve pain I also have trouble sleeping. Ambien is the only thing that helps I get 5-6 hours of sleep.

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Tlow 14 Mar 2018

I have pretty bad pack problems. I have been on PK for 3 years (Lori tab 7.5) and Ambiene for about 5. My back has been getting the better of me l, I have missed a tone of work and am afraid I’m at the end of my career. I just had a nerve burn done on my back 2 weeks ago and it seems to be getting a lot worse?? The only thing getting me through has been my ambien. I’m confuseed and do not want to tell my doctors as I’m sure they think I’m looking for drugs. I’m so afraid the docs are going to take away the little help I have that I don’t want to seem crazy, but this is real and my life is changing rapidly as my pain gets worse??? Why is ambien the only thing that has helped me.

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steviefazz 10 Jun 2021

My story is exact the same it helps better than 600 mg of lyrica

steviefazz 10 Jun 2021

My story is exact the same it helps better than 600 mg of lyrica

steviefazz 10 Jun 2021

My story is exact the same it helps better than 600 mg of lyrica

steviefazz 10 Jun 2021

My story is exact the same it helps better than 600 mg of lyrica

steviefazz 10 Jun 2021

My story is exact the same it helps better than 600 mg of lyrica

Ozziepants 26 Jun 2018

I take Ambien(Zolpidem) CR 12.5 mg, have for approximately 6 years. I've noticed it not only relieves my sciatica pain, but also acts as an antidepressant.
Whoever said "Ambien is for insomnia only" or whatever I guess doesn't realize that MANY medications are prescribed for conditions other than what the fda guidelines suggest. Its called off- label use, and doctors are totally allowed to do it.

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PN sufferer 19 Aug 2018

The comment above about Ambien is for sleep only is one of ignorance simply. Ambien acts as a hypnotic and effects a pain center in the brain as well, and nerve pain is a lot different than some othe pains, like gout for example.
I’ve found I can walk without a cane even on a dose of 5mg of Zolpidem, and my neurologist was blown away. since I have non-diabetic PN searching for nerve pain relief is difficult and has take me 10 years and am still not quite satisfied at the results. If there were more meds which acted as a hypnotic I would try it in a heartbeat. but so far...


Don’t accept the colloquial wisdom of gabapentin either as all they are doing is giving the patient a lower dose of an epileptic med and crossing their fingers. Their intent is to try and tell the brain one isn’t in pain which doesn’t work for a lot of Chronic ain’t sufferers and doesn’t treat the symptoms. Often the brain is not so easily fooled. Plus, if one we’re to look at Gabapentin for PN one will find almost a $billion in fines to the pharm companies who push this as a helper.
Please do some research and read about the hypnotic effect of ambien and how it really can help nerve pain, and please get more informed than the dogmatic poster above.

Laruejd 5 Nov 2018

Some patients get relief from RSD type pain with mega doses of Ambien, 100 mg per day or more. One 10 mg puts me out for 10 hrs but these patients experience little or no drowsiness.

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Soniapop 10 May 2019

I've been getting serious neuropathic pain from my waist down for the last 3 months and I'm about to see the neurologist for it finally. I've noticed that every night I lay in bed for about an hour with my legs and body burning and then I take half of my 10mg Ambien, been taking these for 22 years to sleep, and in about 30 minutes the pain is amazingly diminished. I decided to Google this and found this forum! As of yet I haven't tried any other medications but amitriptyline, and gabapentin were recommended but the side effects list scares me. I'm going to talk to the neurologist about this helpful side effect of Ambien.

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leesten 11 May 2019

Ironically I attribute my nerve pain to Ambien. I was taking it for sleep and within a month or so began developing nerve damage symptoms. My nerve pain kept getting worse in my feet. Went to every type of doctor, tried every treatment. Sure enough, Ambien lists peripheral neuropathy as a side effect, as does crestor, another drug I was on. I quit both and the pain did not progress, but has not gotten any better either. I stopped the gabapentin and am currently trying metanx.

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michellebabbitt 6 Jun 2019

I’ve had muscle pain and nerve pain my whole life all over my body, so much that I seem to have a resting grimace face! Headaches, muscle pain, abdominal back and nausea all go away when I take 5 mg of ambien. It works like a miracle since nothing else not even ibuprofen can touch some of the intense pain I feel and even now with critical acute pain from ovarian cysts that i am unable to bear just got relieved with ambien. When i try to get more from my doctor she resists me. I’ve had very intense pain for one week and used my ambien to help get me through the day and now i am short 3 days pills and i’m still experiencing pain every day. the ambien only last about 4 hours. i need to talk to my doctor about this. it is so effective and never makes me feel groggy or druggy or sick like other medications. it’s very well tolerated. i wish i could make her listen and listen to all your stories too.

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shawnNhouston 17 Jan 2021

How did this work out for you. Did your DR ever prescribe the daily doses you needed?

Evehood 4 Sep 2019

I usually only take 5 mg of Ambien when I travel and change time zones. I have noticed that on the day after I am remarkably pain free. I suffer from carpel tunnel and have had 4 knee surgeries with some related nerve damage and am used to living with pain. I wish I could use it every night, but am concerned about addiction and side effects.

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jodelleb 12 Sep 2019

I have had chronic pelvic pain for over 8 years. I’ve tried many different drugs and nothing seems to work as well as ambien. I take 2.5mg around noon and another 2.5 around 5/6. It works very well to relieve the pain. My doctors don’t understand why it works but it does. For anyone who is in constant chronic pain, I suggest doing whatever works granted you talk to your doctor about it. Good luck.

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CarlaLopez25 9 Oct 2019

It helps with my chronic intractable migraine!!! From a 8 to a 0 in 10 mins. Unfortunately, I take it as prescribed but it’s nice to have some relief from all my pain (fibro, nerve pain, chronic vertigo, gastroparesis) when I go to sleep. The only thing is the pain starts right back up again when I wake up.. it’s very odd how it works. It does help me get sleepy too as it’s intended use :)

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tomchi 26 Feb 2020

I have terrible nerve pain in my legs from a failed lumbar fusion surgery. I noticed when I would take an Ambien and get in bed and play with my phone that the nerve pain would gradually go away. Then I would fall asleep. Now if I’m having a particularly bad nerve pain day I cut an Ambien in half and take it. I feel great for hours and can do chores and other activities and not fall asleep. I take Lyrica but it doesn’t seem to help. I wish more research could be done on this.

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