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Definitely take it as you climb in bed or ANYTHING will sidetrack you. I'll clean my closet, iron, and other things I normally put off doing. It seems like such a good idea until 3 hours have passed and I needed to be sleeping.

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Ambien should be taken off the market because YOU were addicted to it??!!
Please explain how that is even a logical statement for people with true insomnia who don't sleep for an entire week and hold professional careers?

Should alcohol be banned if my cousin "Jim" died in an accident?

You are irrational and self-absorbed. I'm sorry you had issues with this but some people need it which is why it's approved by the FDA and has enough clinical studies to show the benefits for people who cannot sleep. Myself included.

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I am a huge advocate fighting to have Ambien and all other related sleep meds taken off the market. Had I not received help in May 2011 for this horrible addiction, I wouldn't be here today. I have never had any other issues with addiction prior to this.

I'm not sure how many characters can be typed in here, but if you would like to know more, please let me know.

Ambien addiction is very serious!!!

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5/8/13 1:22 P

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These are great stories and so helpful to making me feel completely normal! I have been taking Zolpidem 10mg for about nine months. I really needed it after both my mom and brother passed away last year. I didn't think I was having any side affects until recently. I was visiting my sister and talked to my husband for 53 minutes after taking a Z. I remember nothing about the conversation--not even the part about receiving a check I had been waiting several weeks for.

Then two weeks ago, I made duplicate car payments online. This week it was the mortgage payment. I think it's time to try something else emoticon

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I've had problems with sleep for as long as I can remember, and being a new University student, it's become a major issue for me again. Had a VERY negative impact on my studies last semester, so I'm trying to get this sorted out. My doc put me on zopiclone, and it has worked, but it gives me bad dry mouth, a terrible taste, makes me eat. I get ambien-like "side-effects", but nothing extreme. Just a little bit of a euphoria.

My doc won't prescribe more than 20 pills at a time and doesn't want me on it all the time, though. She thinks that I can just reset my rhythm by adhering to a rigid schedule, but it's not working and I can't sacrifice my second semester to reinforce that. Seeing a psychiatrist soon, so I'm hoping we can get it figured out. Looking into ADHD/anxiety/depression issues. I have a history, but having moved from PA to Ontario has meant that I have to find all new doctors and go through all the red tape again. It's quite discouraging.

If you really want some Ambien giggles and you have a truly weird sense of humour, Google image "ambien walrus."

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I've tried nearly every option out there and out of all of them I'll choose my Zolpidem every time. Melatonin just makes me dizzy and lightheaded, but not tired. OTC sleep aids I was having to take an unhealthy dose just to get to sleep, then they would knock me out for the whole next morning too.

Most other Rx drugs make me woozy, nauseous, and really upset to my stomach. At best they actually put me to sleep, but make me feel icky all the next day, at worse they make things spin so bad I get sick, and never actually work.

In comparison to all of those, having a small lapse in my short term memory while I apparently have entire cohesive conversations with partners in bed for a little bit after taking it is a perfectly reasonable side effect I am willing to deal with. Fortunately once I am out, I am ok for the rest of the night, it's just the getting to sleep part I have real problems with. (Off brain, off please.) That said, once I am out it will keep me asleep for a good 3-4 hours, but after that even if I wake up I don't have any of the odd drowsy or "drunk" side effects mentioned below.

I do agree with all the folks in this thread about taking it and get right in bed. Don't check your facebook one last time, don't stop to do dishes, don't pause to pack your lunch for tomorrow.... get your butt INTO bed. If I don't head right to sleep chances are pretty good I will just stay up and forget to go to bed until it's way too late, and I have to take another one to try to trigger my brain into off-mode again.

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I just thought I would throw in my own thoughs about Ambien and its weird side effects.I had to laugh at a few of these posts, even though I know from experience that when these things happen its not too funny. I have been taking Ambien for quite awhile now for my insomnia. I have been on 10mg, and am finally trying to taper off and get off of it altogether. I thought I was the only one to 'sleep eat' and other things until I read these posts. I have had mornings where I wake up with food crumbs all over the living room, or other evidence that I had been consuming things, and had NO recollection. I have also shopped on line, posted things on line,and the absolutely scariest thing that happened was that I leashed my dog and headed out the front door to take a walk and woke up a while later on our upstairs couch with no recollection of where we went, or how I got back and onto the couch!! ( Thank god the dog made it back unharmed as well!! Now if only he could tell me what we did, lol) I am torn because the ambien does help me to get sleep, but wow, the side effects are getting to be a little too much. I think its time to try other alternatives...Good luck to all who are also battling sleeping issues!!

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5/15/12 9:40 P

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Very true--the quality of sleep with ambien is very, very poor. I've read studies that found ambien acted as more of a memory-block that prevents you from remembering just how badly you sleep. It seems to disable judgement making abilities, and can cause very terrifying dreams.

Ambien seems to inhibit the formation of memories while it is in effect, hence so many users doing crazy things they don't remember while taking it. People may call it "sleep" walking, eating, driving, etc, but really you are awake, but unable to form memories of what you are doing.

I found that just 1 hour of natural sleep is much more effective than any sleep on ambien.

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I do believe I may honestly attest to the fact that Ambien may cause one to sleep eat as I would find the evidence in my kitchen sink when I awoke. Ambien worked well for awhile, kicked in in ~ 20 minutes as I was told it would. Then it didn't work as well & I began sleep-eating so it was decided I'd stop using it. Then I went from insomnia to a sleep disorder w/ a circadian rhythm shift (the latter regulates your sleep/wake cycle) which in turn led to severe sleep deprivation which messes w/ one's carb metabolism. Add 50+# weight gain. Some medications are definitely helpful, you just need to find the one that works well w/ your body's chemistry which can take time.

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my dr put a small amount of zyprexa with my ambien and i now have much less "I NEED SLEEP" issues! i don't sleep 8 hrs but i sleep one solid 6 hr block more nites than not emoticon

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I take half a pill every freaking night its been two years now but if i start to say i can't sleep at night my awesome DR will put me for a while at the clinic , and then all is lost T.T I can't be honest with him and let's just say he has pull around here with other Drs ugh ...but remembering my sleepless nights is terrifying

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Hi everyone. I'm new to this team. I, like I'm sure everyone else on here, have a hectic life between a 140 mile RT drive to work full time, 2 small children and a husband. I have insomnia, and I constantly find myself taking ambien or motrin pm nightly in order to sleep. I've become pretty dependent on them. It's strange, as when I don't take them it seems like when I go to bed (even when I'm exausted), I just lie in bed and get more amped up. My husband drives me nuts because as soon as he lays down he's asleep! Then that annoys me that he sleeps so easily that I stay up being annoyed! Does anyone else have similar things happen to them? My husband is really bothered by me taking medication every night to go to sleep.

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We need to be aware of the QUALITY of sleep we are getting when taking Ambien/Ambien CR. When I had my sleep tests, the doc said I only got about 15 minutes of REM sleep. You might get by for a little while with 'fake' sleep, but it's not the kind you NEED to be healthy.

Somebody mentioned waking with their oxygen mask off. That happens quite frequently to me as well.

When you discover you've been driving your car or charging things at a local store, I say it's time to give up the Ambien. It's not worth someone's life.

I've probably tried everything under the sun to get some good sleep. Either it quits being effective, or the side effects just aren't worth it. I have to admit that Ambien CR scares me more than anything I've ever taken.

Good night and sweet dreams to all. emoticon

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I have tried Ambien and Melatonin. I only use Ambien when I have lacked sleep for awhile and I need to get some rest. I am not sure how I like melatonin yet. I finally had to google ambien side effects, because there were nights I had relations with my husband and did not recall. I didn't want to ask him if we did or not, because I did not want it to seem as if I did not remember. Finally I did and I told him about the temporary amnesia. We laughed, but he did not like the side effects. I seem to only have affects if I dont go to bed after taking the medicine. I am still laughing about the AMEX shopping spree! I will have to hide my cards if I keep taking ambien.

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2/6/11 11:59 A

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I've tried Melatonin, Trazadone, Lunesta, and Ativan. It's only on Ambien that I can get a full night's sleep. Some nights I'm more aware of eating than others. I'm trying to detect a pattern and better control the eating. Last night I ate miso soup then oatmeal, probably because I don't have a lot in the house to snack on.

What's everyone's funniest or craziest Ambien story? The Amex shopping spree is hilariously scary. I think I Ambien-shopped just once. I didn't recognize the charge in my Paypal account and went about fighting it. I was really embarrassed and apologetic when I'd realized that it was for a friend's Christmas gift (thankfully, just $35).

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Melatonin does work, but will give you extremely vivid dreams. Can be disturbing! With me they got worse and after a couple weeks had to stop taking it. My doc said to try over the counter anvil or Tylenol pm? Anyone else tried this?


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I have tried trazodone and it didn't anything for me and because I wasn't able to sleep on it, I got two migraines from taking it and the second one had me in the ER getting medicine to get rid of the migraine. I hope it works better for you. Have you tried the all natural pill melatonin? Doesn't work for me but I know of others that love it.

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I took one ambien at 11:00PM I couldn't sleep at all. In my half sleep It seems I fell over a box in the living room. I ache all over.
I'm going to try again, good night. John


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This will give you a laugh.I was addicted to Ambien for over 3 years.I will say at least I slept then. I quit cold turkey 2 years ago haven't had a good nites sleep since.I did the occational eating.But this was the clincher.One day doorbell rang it was ups O how nice an ab machine,thought my husband boughtit.2 hours later yes ups again a very expensive skin care line.Next day vitimans.I had gotten on the phone late at nite and with my american express had a shopping party.Thought I better stop the Ambien!!!!I miss it so much.

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O I have been there!I started locking my bedroom door then when I got up to wander around I was actually aware that I was about to eat.Hope it helps.

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Does anyone have ideas for behavioral ways to stop Ambien sleep-eating? I've tried going off of Ambien and cutting the dose numerous times but found that I need to stay on it. Last night I ate 240 calories in an Ambien haze. The night before was over 500. I'm doing so well the rest of the day so am wondering what others do. I found that putting my trigger foods in my car helps.

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Thanks TNLENA, I feel much better now too.
I took one(Zolpidem ,10MG) last night and slept for three hours,(not enough) so I took my other sleeping concoction.
Three seroquel, and one Celexa, I fell right to sleep for another three hours. I can sleep some more.
John/New York

Edited by: JOCKO56BEER at: 1/17/2011 (06:08)
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I hope all goes well John.

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My doctor knows I'm an insomniac so he prescribed to me Zolpidem 10Mg's. I took one on the first night and fell asleep in my bed at 11Pm.
I awoke at 5 in the living room,I had no memory of getting there,also there was some food misplaced in the food closet. I have no clue how that happened,all this on the first night. John/NY
PS, I can't wait to see what happens tonight,lol.
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Hi all. The Dr gave me Ambien, but will only give me 10 in a month. The first night was great. I slept like a log, but after that ........ nothing :( I am on quite a bit of pain meds and I know he doesn't want to give me too much. I have an appointment tomorrow and as much as I hate meds, I am going to ask for something a little stronger. When I don't sleep, the next day is miserable. I am lucky that I don't have a regular job, but I DO want a life.

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Like everyone else I have tried Ambien. One of two things happen, I either have to be carried to bed by my husband or it doesn't do anything. If I do sleep it is only for about 5 hours and I am very restless. I also have tried several OTC items and they just don't work. I would love to find something all natural that would help. Anyone know of anything all natural?

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I use Ambien almost every night. This is a very good medicine. You may need to try a different dose if it doesn't help you. Talk to your doctor. The instructions are to take it and go to bed. If you start dancing around or hallucinating in front of the refrigerator you are probably not following the instructions or not getting enough. It also doesn't work well if you have food in your stomach. It is powerful and I would admit mildly addicting. When I don't take it I feel like I am trying to sleep in a loud room. My thoughts and dreams are intrusive and annoying. This only lasts one night so it is not so bad. I can take a Sonata instead and it will prevent the minor withdrawal symptoms.
I have also found that generic medicines vary in the affect. If you don't like the version you have try some from another pharmacy.
I usually need a good dose of caffeine in the morning after using Ambien so it may contribute to a vicious cycle of caffeine and sleep aids. I can live with it though.

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Ambien Stories

Bunny: I hear ya, babes. All of my sibs and most of my cousins have insomnia. We've tried numerous meds and strict sleeping times.

I recently had a sleep test at the center in a local hospital. They gave me two Ambien and the next morning when they released me I kept having episodes of 'startling awake' and wondering where I was and what I was doing. It was so scary and I still don't know how I made it home, but I did have a wonderful breakfast meal from McDonalds.

When I took Ambien CR I mowed my lawn with my power mower at 5 a.m. I'm sure the neighbors loved me for that one. I got up and demanded that my daughter and her boyfriend turn off the show they were watching and to turn on 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.' Another time I got up and started writing furiously on my computer. My daughter asked me what I was doing. I told her I was writing a marvelous story about a dog. Then with a flourish, I hit the final '.' and went to bed. The computer was not ever turned on, so I had no clue what I'd written that was so fantastic. :D

I quit taking Ambien CR and regular Ambien, and notified all my sibs and cuzzins to be on the alert and not take this medication.

I'm on Oxygen at night and am rather restless, so I pull the tube off. I keep trying though, and have had a little more success since reading the articles on SparkPeople. Thanks.

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Several years ago, I was prescribed Ambien for my insomnia. The first time I took it I felt like a tranquilized horse. The second time, I couldn't remember when or how I got to bed. The third time, I had an overwhelming urge to party and ended up listening to music and called one of my friends at 2am! After that, all it did was cause nightmares I couldn't wake up from so I stopped taking it. So all in all, I didn't have a good experience.

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I have tried ambien and it did absolutely nothing for me. I even .took a second one and it did "notta". My family has a history of sleep issues and most are on one form of prescription sleep aid or other. I am 38 and don't want to be on prescription meds yet as I have seen my mom become "immune" to them and have to take more and more so I want to wait until I absolutely have to take them - not to mention the expense. At this point I use Tylenol PM and I take 4 a night. I can usually fall asleep by about 2 am with them. It doesn't matter what time I get up in the morning either. If I have to be up by 6:30 each morning I still can't sleep till then - so I average about 4 1/2 to 5 hours a night.

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I use a cpap and every night I take my mask off in my sleep. Usually around 4:00am and I get up at 6:00am, so it really doesn't mess up my sleep pattern. But when I wake up, I will notice my mask off and think back and go "Oh yea, I took it off" Well, I was given Ambien by my family doctor, and that stuff works great! I love it but in the morning when I would wake up without my mask on and I would try and think back to when I may have taken if off....it's a blank. I can't remember a darn thing..nothing.. at all. Ambein takes away any memory, I was knocked out! Then my Sleep Apnea Doctor was really upset that I was taking it, she said it was dangerous for any person with Sleep Apnea to be on sleeping aids..What if our machine stopped working or something like that...we could die in our sleep. We would be too knocked out to wake up.

So sad to say I'm not allowed to have it anymore. I would like to, it really helped me sleep. Now lets talk about Nuvigil...who is on that one?

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I was prescribed Ambien for sleep problems,so he gave me a prescription for Ambien.
Meanwhile,I already was given a sleep aid from m psychiatrist for Celexa and 3, 50 MG's
of seroquel. I take this more than the ambien. I think I'll stick with the Celexa and seroquel.
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I tried Melatonin as well, and that didn't do much for me. It didn't help, and it also made my other issue of sleep paralysis worse. :( Hopefully I won't have to rely on the Ambien for too much longer.

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I am taking MELATONIN now at bedtime and it seems to give me the deepest and longest sleep of all.

I can't take sleeping pills as they wind me up like an 8 day clock!! I thought Ambien solved the problem but it just made it worse in a week or so.

Exercise is helping me to get tired and to relax when I go to bed. If I can't walk, I go to CURVES or do an exercise video on this site. Good Luck!!

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I tried everything before I resorted to meds. I didn't want to possibly get hooked on sleeping pills, but I've become desperate. I am only 20 and was getting maybe 4-5 hours of sleep each night. I would lay awake for hours, and if I finally fell asleep, I couldn't stay asleep for longer than an hour. I finally decided that a sleep aid was better than no sleep at all.

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I tried it for about two months, not every night, but as often as I found myself wide awake after an hour. Now I am off it and will stay off it as I started to get nauseated from it and was not sleeping at all. I am able to exercise now and will hope to start sleeping more and more each night.

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I also take ambien. How long have you guys been taking it for?

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My main idea is that you developed a tolerance.

My second idea is that if you happen to be taking any benzodiazepines, there is cross-tolerance that makes Ambien not work as well.

My third idea is that when you're stressed enough, even Ambien won't do much. I tried it during my divorce years ago and had nights much like yours - it would get me to sleep but I would wake up after a couple or few hours. When the divorce was over, I slept fine for a couple years.

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I have taken Ambien CR the last three nights and was dead tired, but woke right up. This is wierd as it used to put me out in ten minutes. I have no idea why it has quit working for me. Anyone have any ideas?
I was trying to sleep without any pills or Rx but the Ambien CR helped at first and I was thrilled to be sleeping.

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I know someone who took it and then walked into the family room and had a conversation with her daughter, with absolutely no memory of it the next day. She stopped taking it. I can't sleep without it.

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I've had major sleep issues for several years, and Ambien has helped more than most things. I'm about to have one now.

As some relate in some nearby posts, it can be weird for some people if you don't do what you're supposed to - take it and get in bed NOW and go to sleep. If I take it and wait to get sleepy, I will sit at the computer and get stupid for hours, or play WoW until my characters are running into trees. If I get into bed and go to sleep, I'm out in a few minutes. If I chat in bed with my wife, I will get silly. It has to be used properly even if you don't have the bizarre side effects, and you definitely shouldn't be walking around on it.

My ex-wife introduced me to the original Ambien, and she would seem like a passing-out drunk talking nonsense - if she didn't take it in bed. So she took it in bed.

It will be interesting what the final verdict is about post-marketing side effects emerging. I haven't experienced any bad ones, but obviously there are a growing number that make people - including me - a bit nervous. As per the first post, amnesia is a possible effect of this and related drugs, and I would not take it on an airplane.

Trazodone, mentioned just below, is a miracle for one friend, does nothing to me at all, and worked now and then for my wife. Who uses Lunesta on the rare occasions she needs to sleep.

I usually will use a half mg of alprazolam to sleep through a hard night, but if I have to get to sleep really quickly, Ambien, CR or otherwise, is just right. Though I do, like many or maybe most, have some grogginess the next day. Whereas my wife wakes up refreshed.

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I was so exhausted last night that I broke down and took an Ambien CR and slept 8 hours. I just could not shut down my brain and relax. This is the first time I have slept all night in months. This Rx usually gives me 3 hours so I was thrilled to get a full night of sleep.

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I've lost count of the OTC and prescription sleep meds that I've tried. Ambien though, UGH. I took it once. I was in bed like 15 hours and still too tired to get up. That was enough for me. Most of the meds that work for me, I take on the weekends because I have to be clear focused during the week. Lately, I just take a 5mg Flexeril. It helps with my pains and helps me sleep but I only take it if I can be in bed undisturbed for 10 hours, which was last night.

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I am so excited that the 1/4 Ambien CR is working for me. I will soon try going to sleep with no pill. I think Ambien CR is great but it is habit forming.

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Has anyone tried trazodone? I've taken it two night in a row and nothing. As a matter of fact I took one last night because I had an appt today at 9:30 and I only slept about 3 hours. I really need to start getting some sleep and am at a loss. This trazodone didn't help me. Any suggestions? Don't want to have to take anything but gotta get some sleep :-(

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I don't use Ambien, I use Elavil. My wife uses Ambien and it gets on my nerves alot. She takes it and then slowly creeps into a drunken state. She starts cooking and cleaning and ends up staying awake forever, yet she thinks it helps her sleep. I'm not a hater of the stuff, when I use it, I'm out in about 5 minutes. But her speech is slurry when she calls me at work at night and just wanted to share the story.

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I have been using Ambien for about a month now and it has helped me immensely. I wasn't able to sleep well since I had gotten my cpap machine. The noise of it drove me nuts. Now I can sleep AND I don't hear my hubby snoring. emoticon

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I agree, this drug should not be on the market. I will never take it again.

We had a ice cream cake one evening when my daughter and her husband came over. It was regular size cake. We all had a piece I put the rest in the freezer. My doctor had given me Ambien to take that night. I have Restless Legs Syndrome and have trouble sleeping. So I took the Ambien at bed time. Spent the night like a zombie, I was in lala land, like I was in a trance or something. Sleep walking etc. As if I were half asleep, half awake. What a night. Next morning feeling horrible. Was working around in the kitchen discovered the cake was no longer in the freezer. Ask my husband if he ate it (was a large piece left over) No, he didn't eat it. A big mystery. Then I noticed a fork with cake on it lying next to the fridge and I realized when I was up sleep walking all over the house that I ate the cake.

Another story of a woman who got up (after taking Ambien) put on her bathing suit and went in the pool. Next morning noticed her bathing suit in the bathroom wet with the smell of chlorine, she had went swimming and didn't even remember it.

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I don't care how desperate I am for sleep I will never take this drug again. One night I went to the ER for my migranes which I have frequently. The ER dr told my husband it was probably caused from lack of sleep and gave me one of these. My husband still gets a laugh at how I told him that there were ninja's coming out of the road on the way home. Appaently I was appeased when informed that our jeep had 4 wheel drive and that they wouldn't be a problem.

The next morning I woke up and I didn't know where I was, where my kids were, and it seems I kept calling and annoying the tar out of my mother-in-law most of the night

Between the wierd hallucinations and the terror the next morning this one is a no.

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I've tried Ambien and it didn't do a thing for me.

On the other hand, my fiancé uses it most nights and he's hilarious while on it. For starters, he dances around the kitchen like a ballerina on a regular basis. He talks about the most random things. In fact, he told me once while drifting off that he "loves me more than all the marmalade in the sky." The only real down side is he gets up a lot to raid the fridge (or attempt to if I'm up and I usually am...) and has no memory of it! One night, he ate an entire box of donuts by himself!

His dad is the same way. His mom said that last week his dad got up in the middle of the night and ended up eating 9 pieces of toast after taking his Ambien! emoticon

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Thank you so much for your reply. It has really upset me when I realized I was "hooked" on the Ambien CR. I will try 1/4 tonight. I did not realize it was addictive.-----------------------I did try the 1/4 and it works just as well as the whole tablet. Can't thank you enough for the suggestion.

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I encourage you to try 1/4 tablet and if your dr. is okay with it, you might end up off of it in a couple months. I am doing better each night with nothing, so I feel really blessed.

I had high hopes that Ambien CR would give me 7 or 8 hours of sleep but it did not. Lucky you! However, my insurance would not pay for it and so it was time to let it go since it did not help me.

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I have taken 1/2 of a tablet of Ambien CR for 2 years. I sleep from 11 to 6 in the morning. If I don't take it, I am awake until about two in the morning. I don't have the dreams that I remember but am totally dependent on my half tablet of Ambien CR. I have wondered if I could take 1/4 of a tablet and if it would work.

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Hello from the Oregon Coast!

I took Ambien for a month and was only able to sleep 90 minutes and then I was wide awake. I felt great and was ready to meet the day but who else is up at 1 or 2 A.M.???

Then I tried Ambien CR for time release and had high hopes of getting more than 3 hours of sleep......I got 5 and was up by 3 A.M. every day. I tried it for a month. I had no side effects and felt great but hated to be awake in the middle of the night. My husband and dogs sleep like the dead and I crave that kind of sleep.

A week ago I decided to stop taking all my drugs and Rx and pills at bedtime and my doctor ok'd it. I go to bed at 9 and watch tv until I am sleepy or read. I make myself roll over and try to sleep if still awake at 11. I usually fall asleep in 15 minutes but sometimes I give up after 30 minutes and read. The last two nights I wake up about every 90 minutes but I roll over and go back to sleep on my back or side. I usually sleep great between 4 and 7 A.M.

I had lower back surgery in May and I had so many Rx and pills to take and it seemed like I was floundering all the time. I am off all of them now but my BP, cholesterol, thyroid and Naproxen for arthritis. I pray I can stay off the other meds and get my life back. The meds did not help me enough to bother with. I used to take Tylenol PM and did great but not anymore. One night at a time is all I can handle now. I wish each of you a good nights sleep.

I had leg cramps and Restless Leg Syndrome and my dr. tried the Rx on me and I could not stand it..so he put me on 1200 mg. magnesium and 400 of potassium and I have not had a problem in months.

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This drug should not be on the market. And I bet it will be taken off soon.

I have insomnia and Restless Legs Syndrome. My doctor had tryed everything to help me sleep. So he gave me Ambien. I took it one night, floated around the house like a zombie, bouncing off the walls. We had an ice cream cake that evening and there was over half left, so I put it in the freezer. Next morning (after taking the ambien) I was getting something out the freezer and noticed the cake was gone. I accused my hubby of eating it. He denied it. So I started remembering all the weird things that happened the night before. Then I saw a fork on the counter with cake on it. Then it dawned on me, I ate it.

Scared me to death. If I had done all that and didn't remember, what if I had decided to go somewhere in the car, etc. etc. Anything could have happened.

I have heard of people on ambien getting up and eating raw meat.

Ambien should go.

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I'm almost jealous of all these fun stories I just read in regards to taking ambien. I've been prescribed it before and it really didn't do a whole lot for me. I just felt sort of drunk and about 4 hours later, I'd be wide awake... Kinda like this guy
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It's good to know I am not alone in this sleepless world! I used to sleep so well. My body and brain would switch off at around 10pm no matter where I was and it was time for bed. But that changed about 5 yrs ago. I started taking Xanax and decided that I shouldn't keep taking one Rx and develop a tolerance and need to take more and more.

So my doc. prescribed Ambien for me. Man, the best nights sleep I have ever had. I am a very, very light sleeper so I often lost sleep because I would hear every noise in the room (two snoring dogs and all).

MOST of the time when I take ambien I will sleep through the night and wake up well. I have found that if I fight the urge to close my eyes even a little bit, maybe to watch the last few minutes of a show, I will start "seeing" things float from the TV screen. I once played with my phone for 30 minutes wondering why the screen wouldn't work - but it wasn't a touch screen phone. ;) The other bad experience I had was when I took more than I should because I still could not fall asleep after one pill. --- I woke up very groggy the next day and in a morning meeting I was seeing a creature sit next to my boss and pick through her head!! YEAH, that was the LAST time I did that.

I hope to not need Ambien some day, but for now it is the only thing that will "turn my brain off" so I can go to sleep. So my regiment is I only take it during the week when I feel no sleep coming on close to bedtime. If I can't sleep on the weekend, then I don't sleep much and usually go to bed early the next day.

I find when I have taken it everyday, then I do need an extra dose once a week. So I don't take it unless I feel I need to. This keeps me to the prescribed dose.



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OMG, this Ambien sounds like a hallucination pills, making people saying or acting weird, hehe. Is this really going to make people have nice rest/sleep or just to spur some wild imagination?

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LOL...Im going to get in trouble at work I am laughing so hard at some of these stories. I know it's probably not supposed to be funny that meds do this to us but come on...haha

So one night I took my ambien and a benadryl (i know, i know bad decision but my allergies were giving me hell) I went to bed and left the bf in the living room playing video games. I passed out, but according to my bf not for long. He said that when he came in to go to bed I sat straight up, punched him in the gut and started freaking out looking for something around the room. We both have seperate walk in closets and I went into mine, began throwing everything out of the closet than slammed the door locking myself in there. He got up to see what the hell I was doing, opened the door and there I was in a full squat pants down. Looked like I was going to potty in my own closet!!!! He screamed at me, I got up hit him again and went to the bathroom. After that I just went back to bed like nothing was wrong.

When I woke up the next day I had zero recollection of any of it, so I was in the bathroom putting on my makeup when he came in and asked me wtf was wrong w me?? He had to tell me everything and to this day I do not remember a single part of it. LOL... I was just glad i didnt pee in my own closet!!



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The really weird thing I have had was when I took too many of the one night because I really wanted to sleep. However they called the ER and was told that I should stay awake instead.

Problem is I live a alone and when my support left me at 10.30 I promised to stay awake for a little while longer.

By then I was bored with just sitting there and decided to call my mom because I wanted to book a planeride home for christmas. So I did book flights on ambien and when I woke up the next morning I couldnt understand what had happened in my bank account. Turns out that it was tickets with wrong dates and a wrong name as well. And my mom was freaking out because she thought I was into drugs by the way I had sounded when we talked.

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I actually have had only one weird experience on ambien. I was in bed sleeping when for some strange reason I got up and walked t my friends house on the next block. It was 11 at night and 10 degrees outside. I am not sure why my hubby let me, guess he was sleeping too.

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I had a little alarm clock that had a laser projector that would beam the time onto my ceiling. According to my sister, who slept in the same room with me, I picked up the clock, stared into the laser, and "see" things. I only have vague memories of this, but I told her elaborate stories about the "tofu family" that lived inside that clock. One thing I do remember is that I started crying one night because the tofu daughter was forced to have an abortion.

I would often see things growing around my ceiling; once there was a Santa in the corner. I knew that it wasn't real and I was intrigued by these mild hallucinations so I tried to write down my experiences while they happened. I still have my journal entries from that time, which are all in this cramped, distorted handwriting, all on top of each other, saying completely nonsensical things, with illustrations on the side.

On one of the scarier nights, I woke up my sister by touching her face and saying "You're so beautiful... there are poppies growing all around your skin." She freaked out and made my other sister sleep in the room with me instead.

Now it's mostly fine. Once a couple months ago, though, I woke up in the morning to find this elaborate collage I created in the night.

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I take Ambien as it is about the only thing that knocks me out. My mind just doesn't have an "off" switch. And I mean NOTHING else works. I can take Benadryl and still remain awake. 70 MG Restoril and I'm still awake (!). So Ambien it is.

However I've done some weird things on it. Example: My dad said I called him the other night. I don't remember calling him. Oops! I asked if I sounded funny and he said no - however, he has mild dementia so for all I know it was the two of us babbling nonsensically.

I've also "sleep shopped" while on the stuff. I bought several songs on ITunes without remembering - luckily it was stuff I liked; don't know what I'd do if I bought several $ worth of thrash metal!

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HAHA I'm so glad I'm not the only one who got the crazies from Ambien! Whenever I took it, I would always get "loopy" ( as my husband calls it). I would sway when I was standing and act like I was drinking. One night when I was very sick I took a hot shower, ambien, and nyquil before bed. I remember standing in the kitchen and hearing voices and whispers, but not in english. I don't remember anything after that but waking up the next day and being very late for work. My husband said he had to carry me up the stairs to bed cause I almost passed out in the kitchen. Apparently. as he was carrying me up the stairs I was freaking out about how we cant touch the walls cause they had "spikes coming out of them".

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I see things in the shadows when I take it... Like the lines from the blinds reflected on the wall turn into snakes or the reflection in my mirror turns into a guy stabbing someone and the bathrobe hanging on the door looks like an amish woman hanging herself. I have to sleep with the bathroom light on so the "scaries" dont come out.

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Ambien helped me get some of the best nights of sleep!
I do remember one time I had taken an ambien and I ended up not going to bed right away, big mistake. When I finally stumbled to the bed I thought I was totally imagining things coming out of the alarm clock, I assume a side effect of the ambien. :)

Never do that again. I don't take ambien anymore, but when I did it worked great!

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I have tried Ambien a few times and I makes me stay awake all night! I try and try to sleep but it is no use. After being up for a few hours I developed a headache- either from the medicine or the being awake I'm not sure which! A former boyfriend took it once when we were living together and he thought he was someone else and woke up several times asking me who I was and why I was in his bed. He was also uncharacteristically nice and happy. Very strange.

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I know, I have posted too many here already for one night/morning. But a thought just occurred to me...... do be careful with the sleep meds, especially ambien, make sure you never keep it by your bed, so that you can't accidentally take more than prescribed, and make sure it's out of reach of children and teens. Kids have been using it lately to try to stay awake on and get high.

It is what it is.


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oh my.... busting a gut here over the eating like a cave woman comment. :)

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LOL, omg. How funny but not so at the same time. Now the pillows in the girls room would scare the pants off me. The head in the fridge not so bad as long as you keep it out of the oven. emoticon

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I take Ambien CR and have heard how crazy one can dream on it. I haven't had anything happen yet but I try not to take it unless it's been three days w/o sleep.

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okay 2:20 am. laughing my a$$ off because these stories are cracking me up. When I have told people my ambien stories they don't believe me...but when I stood in the bedroom door pointing my finger yelling at the ghostly creatures trying to follow me in (I do remember the ghostly people chasing me but that is all the rest of this story comes from my husband) waking said husband up and he couldn't get me to come to bed for some time as I ranted about the creatures and tried to hide in the back of our walk in closet. once in bed I apparently crashed...then suddenly turned to him and shared with him in great detail about the large turtle on the ceiling but not to worry turtles are good luck. then passed out again.
He dragged me to the doc the next day and they took me off the ambien and said um, don't take any of these sleep meds and gave me a list of the ones in the ambien family.
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so far, no turtles (although it is true they do represent good luck) and no whispy creatures following me through the house in the middle of the night. just my dog.

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When I took ambien it would take quite a while to kick in and then I would still get up and down sometimes during the night. I have neuropathy in my feet which doesn't help the sleep situation. It's also been my experience that no matter what sleep pill I've tried, they lose their effectiveness within a couple of weeks.

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Saiella -

I have fibro and RSD/CRPS. What works for me is a combo of Benadryl, Rozerem, and Trazodone. The Benadryl and Rozerem get me to sleep and the Trazodone helps keep me asleep, though I still wake up several times a night to go pee.

Ambien made me loco. Even though I took it and went straight to bed, about ten minutes later I was up and chattering away to my mom, making quesadillas (Mom was really worried about that one because I looked drunk - I kept swaying and stuff), and demanding that she read to me all night long. I had absolutely no recollection of any of this and thought I was getting a refreshing night's sleep! Another person I know tried Ambien and started painting her house in her sleep. Scary stuff!

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Oh man, ambien... I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets cracked out when I take it. One night I took a bit too much and ended up calling my bf who stayed on the phone with me for 15 minutes not understanding anything I said because I wasn't' making sentences... of course he had to tell me I did this the next day because I had no recollection. That same night i went to the kitchen and got cookbooks and wok up with them next to my bed.

There have also been many nights where I have said lots of things I shouldn't/wouldn't say and then do not remember saying them. If only I just went to sleep when I took the stuff....

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LOL...Ambien was not the drug for me :)

On one occasion I found myself curled up in my living floor with no recollection of how I got there. And another time I took all the pillows off my bed (I sleep with a ton of pillows) and went into my girls room, stacked the pillows all around the both of them as they slept, took all their books off one of their bookcases and went back into my room got into my bed and went to sleep.

THAT was the last time I took the Ambien, lol.

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Hi, I have found your stories to be very interesting since I am on Ambien and currently up at 3am. This has been going on for about two weeks now. I think the Ambien has stopped working and I wake up and go to the kitchen and eat.
I am at least trying to find better things to eat then I was at the beginning. It was all crap food, now healthy. Need to talk to my doctor and tell him the Ambien isn't working. Have to go to work in 4 hours.

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I've a funny story while taking Ambien.
I usually sleep soundly when I take one, but on occasion, I found myself waking up with a kitchen chair in front of the refrigerator and my head, resting comfortably on the bottom shelf weird, I know, but it happed twice.
On a good note, no food was eaten while I'm resting my head there.lol. John/Joco112

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your size has little to do with how much medication you need to take- it has to do with your tolerance level. i have a very high tolerance level so therefore i have to take more then the "average" person takes, i've always been that way. even when i weighed 130 lbs.

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along with another medication i take 20mg of ambien each night and i have never got a good nights sleep until i had the combo of those 2 drugs

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My husband takes Ambien - i ask for a warning because he snores twice as loud and flails about. A karate chop to the chest or a kick to the leg is NOT a great way to wake up! I took it once myself and found it no better than Tylenol PM - i wake up during the night no matter what - but with a medication i can go back to sleep.
i once had a 2 month period of not sleeping and was finally able to get a RX for Trazadone. It took a couple of days but it broke the cycle i was on and then tylenol PM worked again. Weird.

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You guys have such good stories especially the peanut on your pj's. I have taken ambien too and I got up one morning and I found empty packaging from foods and I could'nt remember eating and I couldn't remember getting up either.

When I take melatonin (liquid) form I don't usually need the ambien. The natural sleep medicine takes longer to work. www.healthline.cc

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I took ambien for three years but it stop working. I didn't have any problems with it till it just stop working. Taking 1.5 Klonopin and it's works well. Trying to wean off all meds altogether. Why is it so hard to sleep, something so simple for most folks!
Trazadone and Lunesta just gave me headaches.

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Trazadone gives me the CRAZIEST most VIVID dreams. Usually its not too bad. I just wake up a little confused and disoriented wondering if a giant alligator is really in my closet about to eat me or if my little brothers really are vampires. But the other night I took one after having been off it for a while and had horrible sleep paralysis all night. (I've been told its sleep paralysis). I kept kind of waking up but still dreaming but I couldn't move at all or make any noise and this happened like every 30-45 minutes all night, combined with horribly frightening nightmares full of vampires and wolverines. It was a horrible night and I was toast in the morning. I halved the dosage so it takes a while longer to kick in and is less effective but haven’t had any more sleep paralysis.

Trazadone is also an anti-depressant so it may help you, HTIMSANIT.


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I've taken Trazadone too. It didn't work. At all.

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I ABSOLUTELY cannot take it. It makes me bounce off the walls! I'll either end up cleaning me entire apartment or on the phone/computer/etc. all night. I remember everything though. I've tried basically everything on the market. Halcion is the only thing that has ever worked, but I get used to it after about 2 weeks and have to stop taking it for at least a month. Not so helpful. There was also one that made me hallucinate - but not the happy hallucinations, more of the "I can't breathe, am I paralyzed?" kind. I think it was called trazadone. Stay away!!

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I just don't understand why traditional meds don't work for me. I have to take more than the recommended dose of anything to get any effect. I wonder if it is my size. I'm 250 lbs (used to be 260 before joining this site...). Do I need more of the medication because I'm larger than the average individual?

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For me, this insomnia is due to me being a little manic. It causes me to stay up when I should be down, so they try to sedate me so I don't get sick from it. Good Luck!

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I feel the same as you that I would need sleep medication that would knock out a horse. I have tried Ambien, and Ambien CR, Lumesta, Benadryl, Tylenol PM, Unisom. You name it, I've tried it. Even turned to some illegal meds to help me sleep, and it worked for awhile, but I think I'm getting immune. Insomnia is not a disease, but you feel like you have one when you don't sleep well

Can't give up...have to keep trying.

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I live in Canada and Ambien isn't available here (not that I know of anyway). I have been prescribed a very similar drug - Imovane - with many of the same side effects as mentioned below. There is one side effect that stands out though - with "regular" use of Imovane - my depression increases to intolerable levels. For a time, I was taking two or three Imovane to sleep at night, then one or two in the morning to nap (I am one of the millions of people who are unemployed) and I'd only be awake for about five to six hours a day. Of course, I realize I was abusing the medication, and even had to go to the ER because I forgot how many I had taken - but I'm not sure if the abuse caused the heightened depression or if the Imovane caused the abuse! I mentioned it to my family doctor (who prescribed the drug for me) and she checked the Physician's Desk Reference and said that depression was NOT one of the effects listed.

Since there is no "Canadian" thread about Imovane specifically - I ask you Ambien users - did anyone else notice that their depression got worse using this sleeping medication?

I'm off all sleeping medications now - and it's 2 am and I'm up writing about how much I want to go to sleep.

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Mickey- your doctor is most likely afraid that you will swallow the pill with a glass of red wine. I know when I was prescribed ambien I was told not to have alcohol of any sort while taking it. I'm on what I believe is just another generic for Ambien. It doesn't work. I don't drink so think that I am stuck with sleeplessness. I do lie in bed and rest though. I think it's giving me a bladder infection though.

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hello to all,

I have taken tylenol pm, unisom, herbal sleep rememdies, and I have gotten so immune that I was taking 3-4 unisoms and 3 tylenol pm.I would wake up groggy.... My doctor put me on ambiem now off and on for about 3 years now, some days I fall asleep always wake up about 5 hours after falling asleep. I am on 10mg, at one point I was taking 2 because one did nothing and I was always waking up.
I have found even if I go right to bed after taking it, I still have woken up with different clothes on, my husband would tell me I snored so loudly that he had to leave the room, I have had conversations with him and friends that I do not remember.
I haven't eaten that much on it, except for one night my husband said he asked me why was I eating so much, ( I didnt remember) then when I woke up, I had a ton of peanut butter on my pajamas....I have to laugh....lol
On nights I dont take it, I will have a glass of wine or I will try to have sleepytime tea and do a little yoga, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
My husband is about to go back overseas again so I know I will need something to keep me asleep for at least 8 hours...
Does warm milk really work? the thought make me a bit nauseaous to think of.....

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it stoned my out so much I gave my son the wrong adh med ..were he had to have his stomach pumped.. I will never do drugs for sleep.. no way I am so scared of doing something else stupid..

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I cut my 10 mg pills in half and they work wonderfully. I have had some strange conversations with my family. The oddest thing I've done is order a huge poster sized collage picture of snapshots of our family. It's not such a bad poster, I just don't remember ordering it. Now I take my pill and go to bed. I don't visit one more web site or talk to anyone on the phone or anything. I go directly to bed and haven't had any other problem.

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I've been on Ambien for under 2 months at 10 mg and it is like taking a sugar pill. It's doing nothing for me, still waking up a lot throughout the night and am up for hours on end. It's causing me a great deal of fatigue. I'm giving it one more week, then will ask the doctor for something else. I've used Lunesta successfully for a few years, then all of a sudden it stopped working. Then they put me on Trazadone. That got me to sleep but didn't keep me asleep, so then he prescribed Ambien CR to only have my insurance deny it, so he prescribed the reg. Ambien which has had little to no effect. There really must be something wrong with me. It's not like I'm worrying. I just ping! wake up and am up for hours. Something else needs to happen soon. I guess I need a horse tranquilizer or something...

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Mickey,
Have you tried wearing an eye mask? They sell them at CVS pharmacy reasonably and it helps in that dept.

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I have taken Ambien in the past without any problems. After I told my doctor that a glass of red wine is working just as well as the Ambien, he will no longer prescribe Ambien. I work a swing shift and have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep is the sun is out. I have sun blocking shades and curtains, but still cannot sleep when the sun is up. Any suggestions, besides drinking more wine.

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