Can I use Ambien or Xanax while pregnant?

Can I use Ambien or Xanax while pregnant?

No. Ambien taken during the third trimester can cause respiratory depression and sedation in the neonate. Xanax may cause fetal abnormalities and should not be used during pregnancy.

If you are already taking Ambien or Xanax, and find out that you are pregnant, contact your healthcare provider for guidance.

Can I use Ambien or Xanax with alcohol?

No. Combining either Ambien or Xanax with alcohol is dangerous and can cause psychomotor impairment, respiratory depression, extreme sedation, coma, or even death.

What is stronger than Ambien for sleep?

Ambien is one of the most commonly prescribed sleep medications, and it is similar to several other prescription sleep medications such as Lunesta (eszopiclone) and Sonata (zaleplon). If Ambien is not working for you, consult your healthcare provider for medical advice. Many patients do well, instead, with an OTC (over-the-counter) dietary supplement called melatonin. Melatonin helps regulate the sleep cycle, is available without a prescription, and because it is not a controlled substance, it does not have the potential for abuse or dependence.

What drugs should not be taken with Ambien?

You should not drink alcohol while taking Ambien. Other drugs that cause CNS depression also interact with Ambien. See the above table of drug interactions. Ambien has many drug interactions, and there are too many to list them all. Consult your healthcare provider for a full list of drug interactions.

Can I take Ambien every night?

Ambien should be taken immediately before bedtime, just before getting into bed, when you have at least seven to eight hours to sleep. In clinical trials, Ambien was studied for up to four to five weeks. If you need to take it for longer than four to five weeks, consult your healthcare provider. Many patients do take Ambien for longer periods, but you should be closely monitored by your prescriber.

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