Ambien is a controlled substance, a Class IV drug. It is a hypnotic and sedative. It should be taken with caution in those with liver disease. I had asked my GP for it and she refused (now I'm glad.) She suggested Melatonin (over-the-counter) which occurs naturally in the body. It was fine for couple of weeks and then I had to start taking more for it to work. That resulted in really bad dreams. She then put me on Trazodone, an antidepressant, though it doesn't have that effect in low doses. I would recommend that he call the doctor's office, explain that he can't tolerate the Ambien, and ask if Melatonin or Trazodone would be better for him. Meanwhile, ditch the Ambien.
Post Edited (MamaLama) : 9/18/2011 12:35:03 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (hep93) : 9/19/2011 1:25:11 PM (GMT-6)
Mike, Ativan is highly addictive, so I'm glad you changed to Trazodone. I'm amazed, though, that you get by on 25 mg. I take 100 mg and sometimes 125. I started out at 50 mg, but quickly built up a tolerance. However, as you said, it's not addictive. I also take 10 mg of Flexeril at night.