I have taken Ambien for about 13 or 14 years, and my doctor now wants to bring me off of it and start Trazodone. I am not happy about this. I have been up to the 12 MG tablet, now I am only using 5 MG, and will take a bit more if I am still not asleep a couple hours later. I have trouble cutting my mind off at night. I am scared not to take Ambien and not be able to sleep and be tired or fall asleep at work if I am not sleeping at night. Does anyone have an opinion of such a long history with Ambien versus starting Trazodone? Obviously, I have built up a tolerance to Ambien.
You should never have been allowed to be ambien that long. Its a short term solution. Trazodone will help you probably better then ambien.
I took ambien for many years along with trazodone and now I only take trazodone and it helps a great deal with sleep. However, on ocassion if I have a real restless night I will take an ambien with my trazodone, but that's not often. Try not to be scared as your body will adjust soon. How many milligrams is your trazodone?
I wish you well,
I took 50mg first night didnt work... after 2hrs I took Ambien. 2nd night 100mg 2hrs later nothing... took Ambien. I have been in alot of pain and to avoid taking narcs at night I just try and sleep. Gonna try again tonight and see where it goes.
Have taken trazadone for 29 yrs. Works best with small amount of food like applesauce. Everyone is different as how you metabolize meds. I take 1 hr before bed. Can take up to 4 hrs to work on some people. Takes some trial to see what works for you. Most Doctors start with 50, can go as high as 300. Took a break from trazadone and tried Ambien built up tolerance quickly, 5 hrs to work, back on trazadone.
I was suffering depression and started on LexaPro and Ambien. The Ambien worked getting to sleep but not staying asleep for more than 4 or 5 hours. First I studied sleep hygene/CBT for sleep. ie. - Dark room, cool, no cell phones, no TV in bedroom, no alcohol. This helped. Then I started listening to Youtube videos about meditation and hypnoses for sleep (Michael Sealey). this helped also. Finally I switch to Trazadone and it lasts 7 hours of peaceful sleep. I started with 50 mg then cut it to 25 mg 1/2 hour before sleep. I also read in bed for about 1/2 hour which also helps. My opinion is Trazadone works better than Ambien and since it is not a Class 4 control substance, it is easier to get large prescriptions. With my insurance the scirpt costs $5. But do yourself a favor and improve your sleep hygiene with CBT in addition to the meds.
I have taken Trazodone for many 200mg. I also rake 9mg of melatonin. Has worked for me.
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