Compare Ambien vs. chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline

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Ambien
(zolpidem)

Limbitrol
(chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline)

Helps you sleep. Ambien (Zolpidem) is good for falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause disturbing 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%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Allergy 3%
  • Drugged feeling 3%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Lack of energy 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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How it works
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
Ambien (Zolpidem) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but 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
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Anxiety And Depression
Risk factors for serious side effects
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more
  • Alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Less than 7 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.

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.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while taking Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline) since it can slow your breathing.
  • 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.
Kidneys and liver
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, or lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
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Sleep
Ambienchlordiazepoxide / amitriptyline
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
  • Ambien (Zolpidem) make you feel drowsy and sleepy, leading to falls and severe injuries. This is especially a risk if your 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 medicine that affects your nervous system or have issues with falls in the past. Check with your doctor first.
  • 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.
  • 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 it's 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, or lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
  • It's easy to become reliant on sleep medicines. In the long run, it's better to learn good sleeping habits and behavior so that you can sleep better naturally.
  • 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 7 hours.
  • Very addictive. Meant for short-term treatment. Dependence can form after daily use for 2 weeks.
  • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
  • Can cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
  • Works best if taken without food.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Withdrawal 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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