Compare Ambien vs. chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline

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Ambien
(zolpidem)

Limbitrol
(chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline)

Helps you sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) aids in falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause side effects.Treats anxiety and depression. While Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) as a combination can be used to treat both anxiety and depression, other medicines are considered first choice because chlordiazepoxide can be potentially addicting.
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Reviews for Ambien
67%
of people (All ages) say Ambien is worth it
50%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Drowsiness 3%
  • Headache 1%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Allergic reactions 3%
  • Sinus infection 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Lack of energy 2%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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How it works
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
Ambien (zolpidem) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It interacts with your brain to make you relaxed and sleepy.Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) is a combination of 2 medicines. Chlordiazepoxide is a benzodiazepine, and it calms activity in a part of the brain responsible for emotional responses. Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, and it raises the amount of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain, which can improve mood.
Type of medication
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
  • Pill
Used for
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Anxiety And Depression
Risk factors for serious side effects
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more
  • Alcohol
  • Taking other medications that make you less alert
  • Less than 8 hours of sleep.
  • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
Detailed Ambien (zolpidem) risks & warnings »
  • People under age 24
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart disease
  • Alcohol
  • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers, or antihistamines
Detailed Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when taking Ambien (zolpidem).
  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics, tranquilizers, or antihistamines if you're taking Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline). This can slow down your breathing. Talk to your doctor if this is a problem.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while taking Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) since it can slow your breathing.
Kidneys and liver
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Sleep
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Ambien (zolpidem) makes you feel drowsy and sleepy, potentially leading to falls and severe injuries. This is especially a risk if you're older. Falls from sleep medicines like Ambien (zolpidem) have caused severe injuries such as hip fractures and head injury. You may need a lower dose if you're taking other medications that also cause drowsiness. Check with your doctor first.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 8 hours.
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) can make you sleepy and unable to focus, so don't drive or do anything requiring concentration for a few hours after taking it until you know how it affects you. This can be worse if you drink alcohol or take narcotics.
Upsides and benefits
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Extended release form is particularly good for staying asleep, and you can use it for longer than the immediate release form.
  • Generic is available.
  • Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) is available as a generic.
  • Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) works faster than amitriptyline alone.
Downsides and risks
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming.
  • Some people find that Ambien (zolpidem) becomes less effective over time.
  • More likely to cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
  • Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) is only available in certain strengths, so it can be difficult to customize a dose that treats both anxiety and depression.
  • Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) contains chlordiazepoxide, which can be potentially addicting.
  • You might not notice any changes in your mood until you've been taking Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) for several weeks.
  • Amitriptyline alone is considered a better treatment for anxiety and depression than Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline).
  • Other medicines are considered first choice for treating anxiety and depression over Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Take 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 8 hours.
  • Can be addictive. Meant for short-term treatment. Dependence can form after daily use for 2 weeks.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when taking Ambien (zolpidem).
  • Withdrawal symptoms can occur if you abruptly stop the drug and you've been regularly using it. The symptoms usually resolve in 1 to 2 nights.
  • Report any confusion or changes in thoughts or behavior.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while taking Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) since it can slow your breathing.
  • If you've taken Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) for an extended amount of time, don't stop taking it suddenly without talking to your doctor first. It can be very dangerous.
  • Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration while taking Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) since it can make you sleepy. This can be worse if you drink alcohol or take narcotics.
  • You might not notice changes in your mood until you've taken Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) for at least a few weeks.
  • If you're being switched to Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) from a group of medicines called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), you should wait at least 14 days before you start.
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