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.
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,
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.
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