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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Nan, Community Member, asks

Q: Can I take Valium and Ambien together?

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?

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Renee Culver, Editor
8/14/14 1:46pm

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, Community Member
11/20/13 7:50am

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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By Nan, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 11/20/13