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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

thank you to everyone who responded to yesterday post.

today, i have a problem. it is turning into a major problem.

i am good all day and when i go to bed, i am right where i want to be at my calorie range and everything else. after starting to go to sleep, i wake up and i am sleep eating. that is similiar to sleep walking except you eat and dont remember it.

i dont remember going into the kithcen last night and finishing off the ice cream, eating a granola bar, or peanut butter sandwich. the only way i know i did it was i saw the container in the trash can. i said to my husband, please tell me you ate that. then i saw the wrapper in my bedroom and saw a drop of peanut butter in the bathroom

if this hadnt been going on for so long, i would laugh i am really getting mad though. it is totally hindering my weight loss efforts.

i am on ambien and have been for years. after my sister dieing, i increased the dosage and this stating happening. i have recently decreased it again and it hasnt stopped.

i have thought about trying to go off ambien, which is what i should do, but i have been on it for so long i dont know if i can.

please help me identify possible causes to this problem and solution. maybe it has nothing to do with the ambien.

please help
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    That is scary! You need to talk to your doctor about getting off the Ambien. That is totally not good for you to walk in your sleep and eat too. I know you can do this!
    1276 days ago
    I wish I could help but don't know much about Ambien. Please talk to your doctor and see if maybe he can suggest something else to help stop this problem. Also, please keep us posted.

    1276 days ago
    I would definitely talk to your doctor. This might be the perfect timing to start getting off the medicine and dealing with your grief or other emotions differently. I wouldn't go off it cold-turkey though, those sleeping meds can have some serious side affects when you have taken them for a long time, I had night terrors when I did it. I can't imagine how frustrating this must be for you, good luck with whatever you decide to do.
    1276 days ago
  • BEFIT016
    WOW! That's scary. SO many things can happen. Definitely call your doctor and request an appt NOW.

    Let us know what happens!
    1277 days ago
  • DALID414
    I hope this site helps you a bit:
    1277 days ago
    I would tend concur with the advice that you must speak to your doctor about this. From what others are writing what you are experiencing isn't unique. I would suggest exploring alternate medications with your doc.
    1277 days ago
    I would definitely talk to a doctor about the Ambien. It seems like this could be a likely cause, but he or she will best be able to work with you to solve the problem. Hope it gets resolved soon! So frustrating!
    1277 days ago
    I think it's totally related to the ambien, and it was just in the news a couple weeks ago that women are more sensitive to ambien then men are.

    "The manufacturers of Ambien, Ambien CR, Zolpimist, Edluar, and other sleeping medications that contain the active ingredient zolpidem must lower their recommended doses for women, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today.

    The decision was driven by a series of clinical trials and driving simulation studies, which showed that zolpidem levels in women may be high enough to impair alertness in tasks after waking up, including driving.

    "The changes are different in women and men," Dr. Ellis Unger, a director in FDA's Office of Drug Evaluation, told "We don't understand why yet, but women are more susceptible to next-morning impairment."
    1277 days ago
    I've heard that this can be a side effect of the Ambien. I have no idea what to tell you.

    I would think calling/talking to the doctor who prescribed it might be a good idea. Until then, does your kitchen have a door you could close or lock? I don't know if that would work.
    1277 days ago
    My mother was on ambien and she sleep ate all the time! She would cook pork chops and everything and almost caused a couple of fires. Talk with your Doctor and see if there is alternative to ambien because they switched my mom and she stopped sleep eating and started dropping weight!
    1277 days ago
    That just sucks all around. I agree with the advice to talk to your doctor. I think getting off the Ambien might be a great idea, but your doctor can help you transition. You will figure this out!
    1277 days ago
    Unfortunately I don't have much advice I can give other than to speak to a doctor about it. They would know about Ambien and it's effects on you. Also, they would have some other ideas of what could be causing it and thus some suggestions to stop it. I wish you luck finding out what is causing it and finding a solution! *hugs* Keep up the hard work!
    1277 days ago
  • SPRING162
    I say head to whomever prescribes the Ambien and tell them about the sleep eating. There are ways to help you stop doing that and you just need to find a Doc willing to help you over this problem. You can do it!

    1277 days ago
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