• Nan Nan
    November 20, 2013
    Can I take Valium and Ambien together?
    Nan Nan
    November 20, 2013

    I'm in pain post cervical spine surgery, and I have both prescriptions, but I don't want to do anything dangerous. I'd love to get a good night's sleep though. Can anybody help?



  • Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    June 14, 2015
    Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    June 14, 2015

    Valium (diazepam) is an antianxiety medication. It is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines and is often used as a short-term medication for controlling symptoms of anxiety. It can also be used to reduce muscle spasms.

    Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative and is prescribed for insomnia.

    Neither of these medications are meant to treat or reduce pain.

    According todrugs.com, there is a moderate interaction risk when combining these two medications. It states that the side effects of the medications can be magnified when taken together. For moderate interactions, the drugs.com website recommends avoiding taking the drugs together unless directed to do so by a physician "under special circumstances."

    The side effects of Valium include:

    • Drowsiness
    • Dizziness
    • Feeling a spinning sensation
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of balance
    • Memory problems
    • Irritability
    • Muscle weakness
    • Slurred speech
    • Double vision


    The side effects of Ambien include:

    • Drowsiness
    • Dizziness
    • Weakness
    • Lightheadedness



  • Renee Culver August 14, 2014
    Renee Culver
    August 14, 2014

    Hi Nan,


    Sorry for the delay in answering your question. I'm sure you've found the answer already, but I wanted to pop in and say that it's important to talk to your doctor or a pharmacist before you take these medications together. It would be easy to become overly sedated with these meds, so you'll need an expert's opinion.


    Good luck!



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  • Doctor Joey MD PhD November 20, 2013
    Doctor Joey MD PhD
    November 20, 2013

    Ambien and Valium both are low-toxicity sedative-hypnotics. I;m a shrink and when I got terrible "migraine-like" headaches — even after I became a psychiatrist, they persisted and no omne could do a DDx because trhere were "signs and symptoms" *(but only bits and pieces) of about 15 specific diagnoses listed. We finallly opted to treat the pain with oxycodone. When I'd have one — and one day, maybe because we changed a dose or replaced a med, headaches that had been bothering me since I was 14 simply stopped — and no withdrawal syndrome from a daily diet of 80-90 oxycodone daily. (My own docs actually wrote scripts for oxycodone and told me to call them day or night if I experienced withdrawal.)


    WARNING: You also need a sufficently strong analgesic.I assumed youn tried aspirin and Tylenol.The problem with sedating patients without admkinistering a painkiller is that they go from complaining patients to patients who can become extremely agitated. I' ve seen new Residents do thisand it's no fun. What happened to your post-surgical pain meds? If they worked for you (and the drug probably was Percocet 5/7.5/10mg, return to yourt doctor and explain what's up. If it's still post-surgical pain, perhaps he should take closer look at you and the source of your pain. BTW, ULTRAM (tramadol) is quite a lousy pain pill thta can cuase probmes if you're on antidepressants, etc. Ad, yes, I do write the ocassional Rx for 10 or 12 Percocet or Vicodin products fir regular patients who just forgot to call the doctor or were preoccupied with life. NOTE that I've done this maybe a dozen times and always for trustworthy patients. 











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