Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: ambien | sleep | meds | insomnia

Should I Stop Sleeping Pills?

Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 09:27 AM


Question: I’ve long had trouble sleeping. About five years ago, my doctor prescribed Ambien and it was a godsend. I take 10 mg every night and sleep like a baby. But I’m concerned about being on this drug for so long. What do you think?


Dr. Hibberd's answer:

This medication is usually limited to short treatment periods of one to two weeks or less. This drug can be habit-forming. In rare cases, these medications may cause severe allergic reactions, facial swelling, and unusual behaviors, such as driving or preparing and eating food while asleep. It might be a good idea to wean you off this medication. Additionally, when this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. You may have trouble sleeping the first few nights after you stop taking this medication. This is called rebound insomnia and is normal. It will usually go away after 1-2 nights.



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