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Can I take Ambien CR with Cymbalta?


I've been on Cymbalta for Major Depressive Disorder for about 4 months, but I'm not able to stay asleep at night.  I can get to sleep, but awaken at about 1AM and then cannot get back to sleep.  My psychiatrist mentioned that Ambien CR might help.  My questions are:  (1)  Can I take Ambien CR with Cymbalta?  (2)  Are there any side effects for Ambien CR?

Thanks for your help.

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Dear Michael,
Yes you can take Ambien CR with Cymbalta. They are often prescribed together for that very reason. Insomnia actually occurs in about 8% of individuals taking Cymbalta.
AMBIEN CR is a treatment option you and your healthcare provider can consider along with lifestyle changes and can be taken for as long as your provider recommends. Until you know how AMBIEN CR will affect you, you shouldn't drive or operate machinery. Be sure you're able to devote 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. Sleepwalking, and eating or driving while not fully awake, with amnesia for the event, have been reported. If you experience any of these behaviors contact your provider immediately. In rare cases, sleep medicines may cause allergic reactions such as swelling of your tongue or throat, shortness of breath or more severe results. If you have an allergic reaction while using AMBIEN CR, contact your doctor immediately. Side effects may include next-day drowsiness, dizziness, and headache. It's non-narcotic; however, like most sleep medicines, it has some risk of dependency. Don't take it with alcohol.
Best of luck to you,
Jennifer R RPH www.drugstore.com

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