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My Doctor prescribes me ambien ( Zolpidem ) for sleep.

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Posted on Sun, 10 Feb 2019
Question: My Doctor prescribes me ambien (Zolpidem) for sleep. I also have liver issues that he needs to take into account. I have in the past (with same liver issues) been prescribed tramadol for pain. It works well and makes me sleepy at the end of the day where as the ambien only made me sleepy sometimes. Would there be a problem changing the drugs to see if they would better suit my needs?
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Answered by Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Ambien is a hypnotic drug.

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for using ask a doctor service

Ambien is Zolpidem and is a hypnotic medicine. Tramadol is basically an opioid drug used for pain. The drug has high abuse potential compared to Ambien. So it is not a good idea to take Tramadol in place of Ambien.

If the drug is not resulting in sleep then you could ask your doctor to increase the dose and this will help in sleep.

Thanks

I hope this helps but if you have more doubts please ask again.
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Follow up: Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (21 minutes later)
I see your concern, but aren't tramadol and ambien also used as antidepressants? If not these for depression/sleep deprivation, then could you recommend any others?
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Answered by Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Ambien or Tramadol both are not antidepressants drugs.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again.

No both drugs are not antidepressants. In some cases of depression Ambien is used for sleep but Tramadol is not commonly used in depression patients.

Trazodone or Amitriptyline can be used for sleep too. Both are anti-depressant drugs too and can supplement the actions of Ambien. Both are safe to use if used with proper prescription. You can talk with your doctor for this.

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Follow up: Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (3 days later)
Is there a recommended Vipps site where I can purchase tramadol without a prescription?
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Follow up: Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (2 minutes later)
Do I need to log in again?
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Answered by Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (12 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You should visit a doctor for this.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again

Tramadol is a controlled drug. You can’t get this drug or it’s precription online.

You have to visit a doctor in person for prescription.

thanks
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My Doctor prescribes me ambien ( Zolpidem ) for sleep.

Brief Answer: Ambien is a hypnotic drug. Detailed Answer: Hello thanks for using ask a doctor service Ambien is Zolpidem and is a hypnotic medicine. Tramadol is basically an opioid drug used for pain. The drug has high abuse potential compared to Ambien. So it is not a good idea to take Tramadol in place of Ambien. If the drug is not resulting in sleep then you could ask your doctor to increase the dose and this will help in sleep. Thanks I hope this helps but if you have more doubts please ask again.