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Taking Vicodin and Soma for back pain, starting Ambien for sleep problem... any dangers?

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3 Dec 2010

Vicodin 5mg or 10 mg??I take SOMA for my back and the only addiction potential is it braks down to Meprobamate which is Miltown an old school tranquilizer.Ive heard Ambien doing weird things such as slerep eating,sleep driving,sleep-walking etc.I never had any problems with it but my friend did and changed to RESTORIL(Temazepam) and you wont have any of the problems you see with Ambien or any of the other Z-drugs.Good Luck

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christineATU 3 Dec 2010

Nice to see you posting Rem!

25 Sep 2010

I still take Vicodin and Soma very carefully be careful adding Ambian, did so about a year ago that was a lethal cocktail, could'nt remember things the following day and even say I blacked out be careful it's a dangerous combo. I don't take Ambian anymore total loss of memory. Be aware of accidential overdose if you think there not working and take more. It scared me. Be careful of Valium and Vicodin thats just as bad if not worse maybe I took to much but people would ask me what's wrong with me I was acting very goofy if I was out I did'nt know where I was.

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Anonymous 25 Sep 2010

That is quite scary Frank M... at least you didn't wake up with marshmallows in your hair! Ha!

weldtron 13 Jun 2011

I take T- 4s,valium 10mg and soma. I also was prescribed ambien for sleep. I have been taking the t4s & Vs for years with out a problem if you take them as prescribed. Soma worked OK. Ambien didn't do a thing for me. Give me a placidyl or seconal or butisol sodium, any of these will make you sleep but be sure you are in bed when you take one.

20 Oct 2010

Hello there. There many different types, sizes and shapes of vicodin. The first thing I would do is check to make sure the pill your taking is what you think it is before you go mixing it with other medications. Below is a chart to better identify the hydrocodone/vicodin.

5/500 vicodin
Watson 349
Russ 500

7.5/750 vicodin ES (Hydrocodone)
RCC GPE Maxidone CE

I hope this helps good luck.

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13 Oct 2010

I actually take Ambien if I go a long span without sleeping. I do notice that when falling asleep I get a little disoriented & usually don't remember much. I took it last night before bed, fell asleep & don't have a clue how I got into my bed. It effects people in many different ways.

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13 Oct 2010

Definitely check with pharmacist, but regardless be extremely careful because ambien and lortab(vicodin) are very addictive. I was ins a car acc. Several yrs ago and was prescribed lortab (another form of vicodin) and got very badly addicted and have been in treatment for 3 yrs now. So please be extremely careful with any controlled substance. I never thought it would happen to me but it can to anybody. Good lucck:-) follow pharmacist's instructions, but take your pain med during day and ambien at might would be my opinion.

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southernsouth 19 Nov 2010

Pls do not take Ambien. Also,I have not found Lortab, after taking it for 13 years 500/10 6 times daily is not addictive. A few years ago I told my pain management doctor that I was concerned about being addicted. My doctor said I wasn't and he would proved it to me. I was off the drug in a few weeks, no problem. Then he put me back a little at a time just as I got off. Your body will become dependent. To get off just elimanate 1 pill for a week, eliminate 1 more pill for a week, Keep going until you are down to one pill a day. then take a pill, skip a day, take a pill, skip two days and keep going until your body no longer needs the pill.

25 Sep 2010

i use to take ambien. i sent pictures to other ppl from my phone and dont remember it... doesnt sound that bad, but the worst part of it was, i was in my "sexy clothes"... lots of goodys showing. i dont remember doing it. i would call people all night and have no clue about it the next day. i also had sex without remembering. its very scary to think that a med can do that to u when its just suppose to help you sleep. you can look your meds up on the interaction check located at the top of the page. it will let you know if there are any dangers of mixing these drugs. if you cant understand it (as i often dont) then you should def call your pharmacist and ask them.

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lubear 22 May 2011

Ambien is a scary drug. I will never take it again. It sure IS a hypnotic drug, and to me, very dangerous. I took it 2 or 3 times over a period of 2 months. Each time, the next morning I was violently ill. Threw up every 10 min for many hours, and was extremely sick for 12 - 15 hours, so my day was worthless. Seems I was close to having a stroke too. I'm not opposed to taking meds, but this one should be taken off the market. WAY too dangerous! There are so many stories out there (true stories) that confirm what I'm talking about. NASTY STUFF!!

26 Oct 2010

I was also taking Vicodin for lower back pain for 4.5 yrs. I went off it due to stomach problems and slowed GI motility. I was then diagnosised with gastroparesis which I was told was from long term use of Vicodin. Any medication that slows GI motility should be taken with caution as gastroparesis is not reversable and back pain can be treated by other methods and meds. Insomnia can be treated with melotonin. Narcotics should be used as last resort... sparingly.. I learned the hard way :(

best wishes for good health

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13 Oct 2010

The one thing I found true about ambian was when I was on it. I was on 12.5 mg and it did not help a bit. I called the pharmacist, and he said the worse pain your in no sleeping med is going to help put you to sleep he said pain over powers sleeping pills. so, I one night I was not in horrific pain, however I just could not sleep for the life of me, and it worked like a charm. although I was told it could do pretty funky things to different people like sleepwalking doing things you don't remember etc. I was afraid to take it so I made my husband to make sure If I fell asleep I did not do anything funky. He's a light sleeper. But when the pain is not on an upscale it seems to work well for me, but when I am in horrid pain nothing works.
have a pain free day

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ElizaJane23 14 Oct 2010

My pharmacist told me the same thing - that being in pain overpowers anything else your body might be doing. Think of the Incredible Hulk - that's how pain is to our bodies. She believes the best treatment for sleep is to treat the pain - and so do I!

29sillygirl 24 Oct 2010

Long term anxiety sufferer and 3 yr anal cancer survivor here. Re: Ambian; prescribed years ago and was worthless for sleep. Agree with comment re pain. Best for acute pain is to treat it... sleep will follow. I take clonazapam for anxiety. It is habit forming, but all that works without severe side effects since cancer. Bottom line: quality of life. Go easy with combo...

1 May 2012

Well, I would say there would be a concern with respiration overnight. If all this stuff is coming from the same Dr I would encourage you to take this up with him/her. Soma can definitely cause a deep sleep in some folks, and while Ambien is designed to get you to sleep (not keep you asleep) there may still be a concern with your breathing. Hope this helps.

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15 Jan 2011


Generally speaking, as echo by the members here, this combination does increase the intensity of their side effects. However, to give you a more definitive answer, I need more information. Such as what is your medication strength? dosing frequency? and other medication(s)?

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25 Sep 2010

One other problem is simply that it has the ability to become addicting, just like the vicodin and soma, so if it helps and you don't have the sleep walking problem, you probably shouldn't concern yourself with one more thing that is addicting, we have to take what is needed to be able to live as normal lives as possible as far as I am concerned. Unless you are wanting to stay away from something else that you may end up needing, it is one of the lighter sleep aids that is not otc, so hope you can find relief and not have any of the other problems. There are also herbal supplements if you have not yet tried any that may work and you would not need another rx. Best of luck

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Anonymous 25 Sep 2010

I always forget about Melatonin! That is a natural sleep aid.

my friend was told by her sons pediatrician to give him (4yrs old at the time) melatonin. it worked for about a month... then nothing would knock that lil boy out! maybe it could work tho... everyone is different. and if you could find natural methods that work, that is def a plus!

23 Feb 2011

The danger is the fact that all three of these drugs are addicting. You are opening yourself up to a whole world of pain if your not careful!! really careful. I understand there is a lot of reasons to take narcotic pain meds, and they are justified, just be very careful. It really doesn't take long to get addicted to those meds. An addiction to pain meds would be bad enough, but add to that an addiction to sleep meds and you can get into trouble real quick. Just follow the dose directions, don't increase the dose yourself and try not to be on them for an extended amount of time. hope that helps. NIK

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26 Dec 2010

im probably wrong but i think i just read something about ambien and vicodine are not a good combination sheck the interaction chart to be sure.

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12 May 2011

I am an intern at a doctor's office dealing with pain management, so I see a lot of these cases. I would definitely try to wean down the meds. Have you tried the Flector patch? it is a topical pain patch that delivers medicine to the area directly through the skin. They are pretty cool and seem to work well for patients. Ambien is one of the stronger sleep meds., have you tried Lunesta? It is a milder medicine and not as many side effects. Soma should be in a very low mg and definitely taken as needed but only when resting, not while exerting yourself. As for the hydrocodone which is just the generic of vicodin, as long as you are not abusing it or at very high mg's it is okay to take for pain management. I hope this was helpful! good luck!

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Nik.Nikita 12 May 2011

Docintraining12, here's just a little insight about Lunesta, it is an awful drug!!! it has the same side effects as Ambien, such as the sleep walking. but here is one that not too many people talk about, the suicidal tendencies which it causes. It causes depression so severe in some people that they have suicidal thoughts. All of those drugs are addicting, and even in lower doses they will cause addiction before you even realize you have just taken the vicious cycle trip a lot of us here have been on. We didn't all start out abusing these pain meds. But it happens so fast that you just wake up one morning and think "What have I done?". "How did I ever get myself in this terrible situation?". Good people, honest, hard working , everyday people. it happens to so many people.


docintraining12 13 May 2011

Thank you for your input NIK, I do not think I am a god, and I agree that narcotics are not the route to go but this person is already on them which is why I suggested weaning off them. If they just stopped, they would obviously send themselves into withdrawal. I am sorry you feel doctors do not listen, perhaps you haven't found a good one yet.

4 Dec 2010

Vicodin lead me into years of addiction that progressed to 200 mg of Fentanyl patches a day to 400-480 mg of oxy's a day, (if I couldn't get the fentanyl). It all started with vicodin. Yes, there is EXTREME danger!!! There are alternatives to these narcotics. Soma, Highly addictive, Ambien, (a benzo), highly addictive. Take it from someone who had everything and now is struggling to regain her life back even after nearly 9 months of sobriety. Addiction creeps up on you, it doesn't happen over night and it will not go away over night. Tell your doctor as soon as you can that you do not want any kind of narcotic for pain. These doctor's know what they are doing and how they could even prescribe vicodin (a gateway drug to oxy's fentanyl and anything else you canget your hands on as your tolerance grows). There are non-narcotic pain meds and other solutions to back pain.


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brenda fain 13 May 2011

there's some pain that nothing helps but sometimes a pain pill will help you just take the edge off of the pain!and yes these drugs can be harmful if you abuse them!you didn't start off on the drugs taking so much!you increased the dose yourself !you did it not the drugs!they didn't jump into your mouth !yes i know these drugs can and do kill ,but not when taken correctly!

as a pain chronic pain suffer ,who has been on strong pain meds for over 10 years and i'm not addicted to any of my pain meds!depended on them to make it as painless day as possible !but this is not addiction because i need them to survive my pain!and i'm thankful for your friend who has survived with out pain meds!but don't knock me because you became addicted to meds that if you would have taken right you wouldn't have ruined your life!beer and all that stuff causes people to do as you did !but they realize they have the problem not the beer ect,!


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