Can I Take Valium And Ambien Together?

Question

Asked by Nan

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?

Answer

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