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Ambien For Sleeping????

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So many of us on this forum have trouble sleeping. Is ambien not a good option? I haven't seen anyone mention it. I even searched the forum for it, but found no threads on it. Just wondering what you all think about it, and whether it's a good option or not? Thank you for reading!

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Hi,

 

     I have been on Ambien for years on physician's advice and it helps me sleep.  This is not "advice" to you or anyone else reading this.  I am not a doctor or health care professional.  Whether Ambien is right for you is something only a physician who knows your whole medical history and is trained in these things . . . only a physician can answer.  The first principle of medicine is:  First of all, don't cause any harm.  Ambien helps me but might be harmful to you or others, so my comments are not advice.  I'm really sorry you have trouble sleeping.  Me too.  Insomnia is really  draining.  Hope you find something that helps you personally!!!

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I'm glad you're going to discuss this with your doctor. I haven't had that conversation with my doctor yet as I feel like I'm still trying to get through the start up period for a new medication and hopefully the insomnia will subside after that.

 

Best of luck to you!

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I am. Well, I ran out and haven't been to the doc to get it refilled yet. But yes, I have found it very beneficial in both getting to sleep and getting better sleep. But I will say this: be cautious with it. I mean it is a drug. There is heat there. I've done things like made food w/o really being conscious of it and then sort of remembering the next day. I've commented on youtube videos and stuff like that and then gone back and been like "Okay, that's a quirky thing to say." Be sure that the only thing you're going to be doing after you take it is laying down. Upon running out of my first bottle I went back to OTC sleep meds and the first 2 nights I didn't really get to sleep and when I managed to "cross over" I had long and suspenseful dreams. Some people develop such a tolerance for the stuff that they take 5 or 6 pills a night. However, for occasional use or short periods of regular use it is quite effective.
In a nutshell: it's Viagra for your sleep...

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I am also on Ambien.  Have been for years.  It does effect individuals differently as others have said.  For me it is a godsend.  Be sure to go over side effects with doc but I think the benefit many times is worth the risk.  Also, be sure get the branded Ambien.  I think it is out in generic and if I recall it does not work as well. Only problem is you probably will have to get a pre auth from your insurance company if not on their formulary.  I it works for you.  Nothing like a good nights sleep, especially for us depressed folk.

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I've used Ambien for about 2 years. I'm at the highest dose and I don't get any side effects, but sometimes it doesn't work because I've built up such a tolerance. Sleep is really important, and poor sleep will definitely make things worse, mentally and physically. I think it's a good idea for you to talk to your dr. about it.

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I have been on 10 mg of ambien for years. It has helped me sleep, but I MUST put this warning out:

 

IT IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE.

 

If you take it for a straight month, you may be done for. Sleeping without it has never been the same for me and I have never gotten the quality of sleep without it as I have with it. 

 

I took myself off all of my medications last year including ambien. The ambien withdrawal was the absolute worst. I felt like I was coming off illegal drug (not that I've ever been on illegal drug, just what I thought it might be like). I was a sweating inferno one minute and five minutes later I felt like I was in an igloo. When I did fall asleep for brief moments, my dreams were so outrageous it scared me.

 

Ambien can be helpful, but you need to talk to your doctor about it and talk in depth about how long you should be on it. My doctor just wrote me a script and sent me on my way. Now eight years later, my whole day revolves around ambien. When I can take it, when I should take it, will I get enough sleep if I take it then, I have to fall asleep by this time so I'll be able to wake up at that time. 

 

I just want you to be aware. If you have different options, I'd definitely try them before ambien. 

 

Just my two cents. :)

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Just started a few weeks ago and have only taking it a few times. Works great for me but I am terrified of the side effects I have read about. I can't recall having any the few times I have used it. However I am so worried of things like making phone calls I turn my phone off which I don't like doing. I struggle with the need to be on medications and worry once I am on them will I ever be able to go off them.

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