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The drug is very effective for insomnia. Have used Zopiclone in the past and I've found that Zolpidem works better for me. It did help me fall asleep quicker. No drowsiness the next day- it's great. I would recommend to anyone. Have ordered them from www.generic-meds-store.com/ . Never had any issues with this company and pills works as expected!


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After taking it a few months in a row every day right before sleep, I Had a major amnesia episode. I've been taking it on and off since i've met my wife but just recently after deciding i couldnt take days on end with no sleep i needed it, but i got hooked quickly and after a few months it helped damage my relationship w my wife because i started experiencing intense rage (never been a rage sort of person in my life) and lashing out. i would be filled with rage all the time. I went cold turkey and i'm back to my sweet self, but my relationship may be irrevocably damaged. It is a risk to take ambien, it is really messing with your chemicals and it may take a long time until it becomes apparent that your personality has changed. I'm so sad for the damage it's done and what she thinks of me now.. always been a nice person, the rage and it's destruction are quite ironic to my nature.

The makers are definitely pushing a very f'ed up chemical on you. My therory is that it will never be the same for one person and is dependent on your existing chemicals and how it will interact with your system. So some people will shrug off some harmless side effects and others it may do nothing for while a small percent it can ruin their lives. Just be sleepless, you are better off.

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I’m a writer with a 20-year career writing for major national publications, and I'm working on a story about the big business of sleep. It will be an examination of Americans’ struggle with insomnia and the various remedies available to help get more sleep—including what works/what doesn’t, what’s safe and what’s potentially dangerous, including sleeping pills. Towards that end, I’m looking to interview people who’ve had good or bad experiences with sleeping pills. If you’re interested in sharing your story in an interview, please respond to me here and I'll get in touch. Ideally I would like to use real names and possibly a picture.
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About 2 years ago I took ambien and it was a fun experience for a while, but was strange. it was an evolving hallucination where I met spirit people and about a month in they took me to their ship of sorts and did experiments on me to help me to be able to telepathically communicate with them. After that I decided to stop and after about a month I was able to ignore the hallucinations. About 5-6 months later I decided to try ambien again because when I would fall asleep it would help me stay asleep but this second time around it gave me the scariest hallucination. There was a man who started yelling at me telling me he was going to torture and kill me and he started cutting me and putting a drill in my head which I could feel and so I thought if I could close my eyes I could ignore him but when I did the bed started shaking a lot and I could hear my boyfriend screaming at the end of the bed for me to wake up over and over. When I did open my eyes my boyfriend was just lying next to me, and none of what i was feeling or hearing was actually happening. Since then I haven't taken the pills again but unfortunately the hallucinations have never gone away for me and they can still be just as violent and painful.

I realize my story of having hallucinations that never go away isn't a common one as far as I know, but I really caution people to be careful with this drug. It's messed up my life.

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6/5/15 6:43 A

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I love Zolpidem! I only take it occasionally, when I really need to sleep a longer period of time , and it works like a charm. I only take half of a 10mg tablet and I at least get 5-6 hours of good sleep and wake up just fine. Luckily, I have never had any adverse reaction but I do wind up waking up like clockwork around 4 hours after I take it. I have been having success getting back to sleep, so that is good. For me, it just does what it's supposed to do - helps me sleep! Usually, I buy my pills here www.generic-meds-store.com/ ...because it's cheaper and more convenient for me. No issues at all!

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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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4/2/14 9:28 P

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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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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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1/27/11 4:48 P

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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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1/24/11 10:34 P

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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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1/17/11 6:06 A

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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

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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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12/2/10 10:08 A

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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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11/17/10 2:47 P

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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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11/16/10 9:50 P

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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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11/16/10 10:03 A

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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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11/16/10 9:26 A

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

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11/12/10 2:07 P

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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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