I am new to this group, I have taken all kinds of sleep medicine-currently trying to take less Lunesta, although it has worked the best for me. I also take a generic for Flexera with it. I have fibromyalsia, a severe case and I can't sleep without both of them now. Don't let anyone tell you that you won't get "hooked" on them, I panic, and know that I will be without sleep until I have them, that is "hooked!". My insurance pays for all of the meds for sleep and I am really happy about that. I also "sleep eat"- I have had gastric by-pass and am starting to gain weight again-I am thankful that I can at least sleep!
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I've been using Ambien (generic, mostly) for several years now, not on a nightly basis but probably at least once or twice a week. No more than 5 mg--I tried 10 mg at first and was seriously dizzy and disoriented the next day. I usually only need 2-3 mg to put me to sleep. The only serious side effect I've found is a harder time with short-term memory, but that could be from the antidepressants, menopause, or just age, so I can't blame it for sure on the Ambien. I've never had any other effects from it. If I take it every night for more than a few nights, I can count on one night of difficulty falling asleep when I stop taking it, but that's the extent of the rebound effect. No physical addiction.
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I use about 3 mg (I bite off 1/3 of a 10mg tablet) of generic Ambien on nights when I have to be up early the next morning or am just in that agitated state that tells me I'm not going to sleep without it. Apparently my dad walked a path in the carpet when I was a baby trying to get me to sleep, and back to sleep, and back to sleep... I can remember many nights as a kid playing cards with my mom when I couldn't sleep. So this is a lifetime thing for me. And chronic depression since puberty made it worse. Antidepressants haven't helped the sleep issue, so I just take the generic Ambien (insurance won't pay for name brand anymore, and the generic works fine for me) when I need to. Ambien CR leaves me too groggy in the morning. Lunesta caused a terrible metallic taste in my mouth, and Sonata worked well for putting me to sleep but not keeping me asleep. I've tried melatonin, valerian, homeopathic stuff, etc., and nothing works consistently enough, and like everyone else here has said, without enough sleep I can't function.
I'm curious to know how sleep studies are done. I've never had one, but I can't imagine being able to sleep at all in a hospital/lab room. How does that work?
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i tried Sonata and I had the same experience. I was tired but it didn't put me to sleep. Lunesta helps me get to sleep but I wake up and have a difficult time getting back to sleep. This sleeping disorder sucks!
The only thing that really worked for me was the Ambien 12.5 mg. I didn't have any problems the next morning and I would sleep all night. I took that for almost two years. I also had to go on Klonopin and Mirapex for my restless legs and periodic limb movements in sleep...didn't know I had the PLM's until after my sleep study. I have been able to come off the Ambien CR and just the Klonopin and Mirapex help me go to sleep and remain asleep (along with my CPAP) Lunesta and Sonata are both short acting hypnotics that just didn't allow me to stay asleep. When you wake up a lot throughout the night, you are interrupting your REM sleep and that is the most important sleep for being refreshed during the day. Just my take on it.
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I have dealt with the sleep deprivaton all my life and have been on lunesta for 3 years now.It`s great but my insurance company has stopped paying for it now. I am back to 3-4 hours of sleep a night.I am going to try melatonin as I saw a couple of people like the results.Everything has different results with everyone. If you have any suggestions please feel free to offer them. The hot tub in the bedromm sounds really great. thanks
Thank you everyone for your responses. I thought I'd update. What finally worked was 5mg melatonin. I was shocked. I'd tried to before, so I don't know what changed this time (maybe higher dosage, but not sure). I'm able to fall asleep. I wake up 8-10 times a night, but just roll over and go back to sleep. Annoying, but I can live with it!
I take Lunesta and it works great for me. Ambien CR gave me bloody nightmares. I have trouble staying asleep not so much going to sleep (also have sleep apnea). I used to get that metallic taste in my mouth from Lunesta so drinking something like milk before 10 a.m. in the morning wouldn't be too good..but then the taste wears off until you take it again; but now I don't even get that taste (have been taking Lunesta for a long time although not every night). Everyone has different experiences though. Be sure to keep a diary so you notice anything off.
I was on Lunesta for 10 days a couple of years ago. The medicine worked fine for about 2 to 3 nights, then not as effectively (in my opinion). I did sleep for a while, then I would be awake and aware of what I was doing.
The unpleasant side effect that I experienced was a radical personality change - I am not one to be easily provoked into angry retaliation, but I found myself chasing someone who had cut me off in traffic. I have never, ever, ever done anything like that. This scared me so bad, I called my doctor and immediately stopped the Lunestra. Withing a couple of days I was back to normal. I understand this is not a common side effect, and everyone is different, but some I have talked to who have used this drug have had similar effects. I remember seeing an online log where people have listed their angry outbursts while on Lunestra.
Always weigh the possible side effects and discuss any concerns with your doctor. Best of luck, and sweet dreams!
Hey CCrunk and assuming you are a female....gurl, it is after 3am as I type this response so whats that tell ya...but Lunesta, absolutely could not deal with that disgusting taste in my mouth all the time. It wouldn't go away until I got off the Lunesta. Sonata...didn't work. I take the worst, Ambien cr 7.5 and it usually works but it is not without its side effects; with that said, sleep deprivations makes me say, "side effects, snide efficts, bring it on! bUT like tonight, I am too wired and it isn't working. Tomorrow will be 'hell'. I NEED MY SLEEP or it makes every thing worse...all the fibro crap flares. I take several other rx and they work against sleep so it is a constant battle. I've been thru sleep clinics and alternative things....meditation, more natural things like valerian root, http 5 for mood altering, and of course melatonin, and Lthyanine....good, close but not a 'bingo'. I try to avoid caffeine and exercise at night but heck I avoid exercise at all hrs of the day..lol. I spray my linens w/lavendar and have a jacuzzi in my bedrm a foot away from my bed. Some of us have some disconnect in our brain and can't sleep....i wish someone would figure it out as it truly seriously screws up the quality of our lives and relationships. So as you can see, no help from me. I wish you better and of ua find it, let me know.
I have had insomnia since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I currently use Lunesta. I tried Ambien but I was groggy the next day, and couldnt function. Lunesta gets me to sleep and I wake up able to function. It does leave a bad taste in your mouth, but I prefer that to not sleeping. And it does seem to go away (or I get used to it) after a period of a few weeks. Anytime I have gone off of it and back on I have the bad taste again so it must get better over time. For me the Lunesta is the only thing that has helped my sleep, so I am willing to put up with the bad taste. I know everyone is different though, so I think the best thing is to try the different options and do what works best for you.
This is my first post to this forum, but in reading through these posts, I can't believe I haven't joined sooner.
Anyway, I've had insomnia since I was 3 years old. It varies in severity and I've used Melatonin, Tylenol Simply Sleep and Nyquil at different points in my life. Recently, I decided I needed help. My Dr put me on Ambien CR. It definitely knocked me out but seemed to be overkill, so he put me on regular Ambien. Again, I slept great but was getting dizzy spells during the day, especially when I exercised. After a couple weeks I went back to the Dr and am now on Sonata. This is my third night taking it, and my third night not sleeping. I feel tired...but just lay awake.
Has anyone else tried Sonata? Does it work for you?
If not, have you tried Lunesta? That's next on my list if my insurance will approve it.
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