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12/3/14 12:30 P

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I wouldnt reccomend it. Look what happened to me emoticon
http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/disturbi
ng-side-effects-americas-1-sleeping-pi
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http://www.marieclaire.com/world-reports
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-Lindsey
(I am the first guest on Dr. Oz link and am in no way affiliated with them or Marie Clare. I was not paid to tell my story...just trying to prevent others from my fate)

With so many other sleeping pill options out there, why take the risk of having an adverse side effect like mine?!?!?!

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2/27/11 12:26 A

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I was prescribed Ambien for insomnia but it gave me diarrhea so I quit taking it. However, I never had the wierd side effects.
My sleep issue is staying asleep, and going back to sleep when I awake during the night like to use the bathroom. I'm good for about 4 to 5 hours then sometime can't sleep again at all, or else it takes a couple hours to go back to sleep.
Since working with my latest doctor on changing some medications, I found that 5 HTP (200mg) at night plus melatonin (50mg) helps. He says the melatonin is short term active so I take the sublingual type under my tongue when I wake up and it helps me go back to sleep sooner. I also will drink some hot tea when I awake if I can't get right back to sleep. I'll wait about 15 or 20 minutes and if I'm getting restless, just get up and reheat some from the tea pot and maybe have a couple graham crackers. I watch a little TV - PBS can sometime bore me enough to fall back asleep. I go to bed rather early so I don't have to worry about getting enough hours of sleep.
I also try to walk outside every day for 30 minutes before 1:00pm to stimulate the pineal gland. It sets up a reaction thru our eyes that resets the body's clock so that we are tired and producting the right chemicals to sleep thru the night. That is what the sleep specialist told me and it seems to help.
Another suggestions was to go home after work and spend 10 minutes clearing my mind. You could meditate but I simply lay down in a quiet room with the shade down, and unwind. Then right before bed, I inhale some lavender oil by breathing it in deeply three times in each nostril.
Since implementing these changes, my sleep has improved. It isn't perfect but it is bettter quality especially the early morning hours after the initial 4 or 5 hr "nap" during the first part of the night.

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2/22/11 11:57 A

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I suppose my drug-sensitivity has saved me a great deal of grief as sometimes my system rejects them so quickly I might miss a many bad things. However, I have had plenty of misery. I didn't have any somambumisum from it, but I am aware that it is a common side-effect with ambien, and all sleep medications. I have reached a point that before I take anything, I find out all I can, and make certain someone I can count on is with me, and aware of everything I have taken. I also am writing a medication list as lately (lack of sleep primarilly) has made it difficult for me to remember things, If I have taken meds, and if by some far off chance help would be needed they would know.
I hope you remain safte, and find something that works well for you. Sleep is so important.. emoticon emoticon

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2/22/11 11:30 A

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I only take 5 mg of Ambien, but sometimes I take a whole one, which is 10 mg. Well, I was taking my meds and I wasn't sure that I took it because I was drinking from the soda can and I just couldn't tell if I swallowed it. (I also have a tongue ring that might have made it hard to tell.) Anyway, So I took another whole one and my friend had told me that we all went to this little water park, when the water was freezing cold, and that I let my children play in the water. He said that we were there for like 3 hours and I don't even remember that. Then the next morning I my neighbor had called me and said that my car door was open and there was stuff hanging out of the car(blankets, papers, etc.). My friend also told me that I went to the car to get something and came back with nothing. So, I figure that I was looking for something and forgot what I was looking for and just came back inside. Ambien is so dangerous, but it really does help me to fall asleep.

Another story

My teacher, who is a Registered Pharmacist, said that he knew someone, a doctor, who was taking Ambien and she didn't even know she was writing prescriptions to the patients she was seeing.

All I can say is that no one should try to go anywhere after they have taken an Ambien.

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10/20/10 10:53 P

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WINDY135,
I had no idea ambien was addictive. I am so glad to hear that you were able to recover. I took it, but it did absolutely nothing for me. I have a sleep study scheduled as I have had difficulty since a baby awake in the crib.
Being medication sensitive I prefer not to go that route, but we do as we must with as much information available. We are all different. Thanks for sharing. I learned something new today.

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Geck07: Was reading a post of yours, you mentioned you have Restless Legs Syndrome. I have had it for around 40 years. Very miserable condition. Anyway, I would like to invite you to join our team "Twitchy Legs" Restless Legs Syndrome. We are a small team 113, we aren't very active. Being the new team leader I'm trying to encourage members to be more active.

Restless Legs Syndrome RLS is a very serious but common condition. It needs recognition, and I think this team is a good way to do it. We can discuss how it affects us, what works to give us relief. We can support, encourage and give information to one another and that is very important.

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10/16/10 10:42 A

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Hi MIRSA1975 I was just checking to see how you are doing and if you did follow-up with your dr?
Did you try the Ambien and have any side-effects?







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10/15/10 11:36 P

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I abused ambien and became addicted. Some people can take it with out issues but I know of a lot of people who end up abusing ambien since it's a hallucinogen. I am currently 6 months off of it and very proud of myself. You can try it because it helps a lot of people but if you have the side effects I would see your doctor.

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6/29/10 12:21 A

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TO avoid crushing it use a pill cutter - you get them at any pharmacy

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6/27/10 6:28 P

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CR means its like a time release so I don't personally see a problem w/ cutting it, crushing no,but splitting it I don't think that would hurt-But again I use the pharmacist alot for my Son, so never hesitate to call one

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6/27/10 4:04 P

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I take Ambien on a regular basis or I don't get much sleep. The doctor wrote the prescription for 2 of the 10mg tablets but I only take one.

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6/27/10 12:14 P

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Both the pharmacist and doctor know I cut the pill.
The pharmacist told me they come in 5 mg's too.

But before you do, talk to your doctor. I would think you could call their office and even talk to one of the nurses and she can tell you if you should or shouldn't cut them.





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6/27/10 11:35 A

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I have 10 mg Ambien CR (I believe) and it says not to crush it. I was afraid to cut it in half. Thought that meant you cannot do that and have it work right. So I have never taken it. And it was very expensive. $70 for 14 pills.

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6/25/10 8:20 P

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Its just so amazing every aspect of our lives gets affected by not having a good night's sleep. Things I normally can handle, I either get so mad, or I cry-I just can't function. With all going on around me,I have to be so alert. I was able to fall asleep (melatonin) but wouldn't stay asleep. Now I'm at the other end,for the past week,I can't fall asleep, and its driving me nuts!!! and as most of us probably experience, at night when all is quiet, everything seems to be "bigger", all the problems of the day get intensified

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6/25/10 4:50 P

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I take the generic - Zolpidem it is a 10 mg pill and I cut into 4th's don't need to be taking the whole 10 mg for me.

The DH told me that 3 times this week I have talked in my sleep. emoticon Maybe it's the sleep med.
It does help me get to sleep and pretty much stay
asleep. Hope I don't have to be on it too long, but sleep is important. emoticon

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6/16/10 3:56 P

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Hi,

I've taken ambien/Zolpidem (Zolpidem is the generic version) for a number of years & it worked great until I started to put on weight. ( My thyroid went out of whack as did my work/life balance - no relationship to ambien)

Since putting on the weight; even with an increased dosage, I still don't always fall asleep & stay asleep.

The only "odd" thing I've ever done with no memory was to replace the kitchen spray nozzle & carry on a conversation with my wife one nite after taking a double dose.

It should be noted that I also get "restless leg" symptoms occasionally & also use a CPAP machine for sleep apenea. Also, I've had chronic insomnia since I was just a kid, so I probably represent the far end of the sleep problem spectrum.

My recommendation is to get the 10 mg dose & start out by cutting it in half. As I said earlier, I had no issues when I weighed less with sleeping or waking up & the only symptom I experienced when I didn't take it was not being able to sleep well - no "withdrawal" symptoms like with some of the older meds.

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6/15/10 9:10 P

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Hi,
I work nights sleep days, I love Ambien, fall asleep quickly, sleep through the day and if I wake up can get right bac to sleep and when I finally get up I feel rested no residual. Try it get 10mg prescription and split it in half and start with 5 mg. It really helps.



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I haven't tried it. My doctor gave me something called Zolpidem. Which worked for sleep but I didn't like taking it for personal reasons. Good luck!

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I slept w/ it but didn't stay asleep. go to the team forum, and go thru some of the posts,theres some about ambien-I also put a link for medications, check that out too! welcome!

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I tried it. It helped me sleep, but I couldn't stay asleep. I didn't have any weird issues with it, but I do know a lot of people who have.

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6/14/10 6:13 P

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I was was given Ambien by my DR. through Rx. I am so scared of taking this drug since I heard of so many side effects that some guys actually jumped off his building complex and died. So I am so scared that I might hallucinate and die... drop some info to me emoticon

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