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Ambien vs. Melatonin for Insomnia

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Ambien

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/ 172,508 posts
Other Names: Zolpidem   Ambien CR   Stillnox   Stilnoct   Edluar

Melatonin

OTC
/ 207,602 posts
Other Names: Melatonin (With B6)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Based on 172,508 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 4 out of 5
Based on 207,602 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Zolpidem (Ambien, Stilnox) is a prescription drug used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, as well as some brain disorders. It is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic of the imidazopyridine class that potentiates Gamma-Aminobutyri... Read more on Wikipedia
Melatonin , also known chemically as N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, is a naturally occurring compound found in animals, plants and microbes. In animals, circulating levels of the hormone melatonin vary in a daily cycle, thereby allowing the Entr... Read more on Wikipedia
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By spamryan
December 1, 2014
spamryan wrote
3 dui's off ambien
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By TORRENT PHARM generic of ambien is dangerous
December 1, 2014
TORRENT PHARM generic of ambien is dangerous wrote
AMBIEN GENERIC MEDS exCHANGED... BAD SIDE EFFECTS... I EXPECTED tO SUFFER A SLEEPLESS MONTH
you got screwed. you need to see your Dr's boss.
humwit bone  |  January 20, 2015
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By blahblah_gc
September 7, 2014
blahblah_gc wrote
My experience with melatonin
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By Mark
August 26, 2014
Mark wrote
Sleep Walking
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By nurseknowledge
August 19, 2014
nurseknowledge wrote
Why Melatonin Isn't The Right Choice
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Do not give people medical advice! Look up the effects of diphenhydramine and other sympathomymetics often found in cold preparations and OTC sleep aids on acetylcholine. You should not practice outside your scope of practice as a nurse. Present evidence based practice and let people decide for themselves.
Nurse 1987  |  February 7, 2015
Please don't try to sound like an authority when your experience is thin. You probably did not study melatonin supplementation in nursing school. Study neuro-transmitters before you make blanket statements that OTC products are safer. Try suggesting people speak to their Naturopathic Physician and have a sleep evaluation prior to taking, if you want to suggest safely. "Reports" is anecdotal and out of context. If someone is depressed is very different than someone who just needs more sleep.
Andie  |  January 28, 2015
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By quelex
August 1, 2014
quelex wrote
Modafinil and Ambien
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By sam
April 19, 2014
sam wrote
ambien and sore mouth

I never had a sore mouth while taking it, but now after a week of stopping OMGsh my mouth and all my teeth hurt!
Chris  |  August 3, 2014
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By dave riobertson
February 16, 2014
dave riobertson wrote
MELATONIN AND MEMORY LOSS
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By PJ
January 16, 2014
PJ wrote
Extreme (Dangerous) Sleepiness
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Intense sleepiness and nosebleeds
November 12, 2014
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By Lisa
November 21, 2013
Lisa wrote
Vomiting
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Smoke weed
John  |  February 12, 2015
Lisa, this sounds like more than a depression for the realm of family and friends, though a listening ear from someone close is still invaluable. I have some questions to ask you before I give the rest of my comments. Respond here that you got this and we can continue this privately.
K  |  April 20, 2014
Lisa, if you are feeling depressed you should reach out to family or friends. Do you have anyone you can talk to?
March 14, 2014
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By Ay_yo_D
November 20, 2013
Ay_yo_D wrote
Sleep
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By Concern mom
October 6, 2013
Concern mom wrote
Kajungirl1979@yahoo.com
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My daughter has ADHA and takes Focalin in the morning and after lunch. For the past 6 months I put her to bed at 8. Every night we fight I give her melatonin and she is still up at 11-12. Today her doctor gave her .colonizing .1 but she is only to take half. She went to bed not arguing, no complaining. My baby girl was fast asleep by 8:30.
Jennifer  |  December 24, 2014
My son has been kn Clonodine and has night terrors even sleep walk. I am consulting with his doc to wean off and start Melatonin. Its tough no matter what we do. Meds overall I hate.
jmwddd3945@gmail.com  |  June 11, 2014
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By Tommy
October 3, 2013
Tommy wrote
ambiem
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By When1Was
August 25, 2013
When1Was wrote
Bad Sleep Aid, Great Creativity Aid
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I've found it is better to take Ambien on an empty stomach. I am able to fall asleep faster and stay asleep. If I take the Ambien on a full stomach it just puts me in a comfortable doze.
August 29, 2014
I have some of the best sex I can't remember on it
Don  |  August 12, 2014
it is that. I've come up with some decent music on it.
June 20, 2014
It is nice to know it help you to do good things. All I do is vomit or get knocked out.
Lisa  |  November 21, 2013
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RoqClimber wrote
Zzzquil
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Agreed. Telling people to rake zzzquil is not appropriate. JAMA just published findings that it can contribute to dementia from blocking acetylcholine. Giving people medical advice without a medical license is practicing outside your scope of practice.
Nurse1987  |  February 7, 2015
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What patients are saying about Ambien vs. Melatonin

9,037 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
tried melatonin, which worked but made me groggy in the AM....
...thing I have ever used. I tried melatonin, which worked but made me groggy in the AM. And, in the past, I tried ambien, which is GREAT, but ...to have the deep deep sleep and vivid dreams that...
The Melatonin seems to give me better restorative sleep....
...was prescribed Ambien by my neuro and suffered no ill effects. However, I have switched to Melatonin and haven't needed ...time. The Melatonin seems to give me better restorative sleep....
I've taken melatonin but it just doesn't work. 2 doesn't at...
...melatonin but it just doesn't work. 2 doesn't ...ambien which works like a charm but I am very groggy and hit a wall half way through the day. A...
but it hasn't been working for me as well lately. I...
...been working for me as well lately. I used to take Ambien a few years ago which worked like a charm but I had a bad habit of staying awake (and end...
and the combo sometimes gives me hypnagogic hallucinations...
Melatonin seems to work better if I empty a ...I'm also taking melatonin in conjunction with Californian Poppy and the combo sometimes gives me hypnagogic hallucinations (I also had this with...
same side effect as ambien and help me go to sleep or for...
Tylenol PM or Melatonin does absolutely nothing for me. The only thing that helps me is ambien and sometimes it doesn't get me to sleep. I ...the same side effect as ambien and help me go to sleep ...
I have found that melatonin and valerian root is working...
...regular ambien and not the CR. Unfortunately, I get stomach issues after a few days. So, I can only use it now and again. I have found that melatonin and valerian root is working...
does not do anything for me. I've started melatonin...it...
...does not do anything for me. I've started melatonin...it...
extra one because I wasn't falling asleep. I had a seizure...
...Melatonin worked great for me, except one night I took an extra one because I wasn't falling asleep. I had a seizure in my sleep. My doctor just recently put me on Ambien and it is working...
I am now taking melatonin and it has helped somewhat,...
...in my mouth. Ambien worked for a while but I built up a great tolerance to it. I think it has helped to wrosen my depression. I am now taking melatonin and it has helped somewhat, about 4-5...
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