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Is it safe to increase the dose of Ambien to cure tremors?

I am a 55-year-old woman diagnosed with essential tremor. The tremors can get quite severe. Am on Propranolol 60 mg q.a.m. and 60 q.p.m. I was up to 80 q.a.m. and q.p.m. but could not tolerate it due to heart rate dropping down to 39 at night. Back at 60 mg 2 x daily. I am also on Ambien 10 mg at night for sleep problems. When I take them around 8 or 9 pm, I notice a great reduction in tremors. Why can t I take Ambien 2 times a day for the tremors? I do not work and do not drive. Only other medical problem I have is migraine. Am seeing a neurologist every 3 months for tremor and migraine.
Fri, 29 Mar 2019
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Neurologist, Surgical 's  Response
Hello,

Tranquilizers are one of the medication groups that may be used in essential tremor.

So, I think too that since Ambien is working, you can use it twice daily. However, this should be discussed with your Neurologist.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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