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zolpidem for Insomnia: My whole life I've had trouble getting to sleep so I"m always not fully rested and would sleep in late every day. I took 5mg under the tongue at first that works great - within 45 mins I'm relaxed enough to sleep. Now, however I've had to take 10mg after a year of taking 5 doesn't put me to sleep. Never done anything weird on Ambien unless I had a beer before taking it. Unfortunately I've used 2.5mg occasionally just to rest 2-3 hours before bed. Doesn't seem to have any negative effects but may be addictive. Haven't tried a night without it since a year ago.
Ambien CR (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I have been taking Lunesta 3mg for a while but it just wasn't getting me to sleep or keeping me asleep. So I started taking 12.5mg Ambien CR about 3 days ago and I swear it had no effect on me whatsoever. I am going to keep trying for the next couple nights, but I need some good sleep soon. I was really surprised that at such a high dosage I didn't even feel sleepy at all.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: Ambien does not do a thing for me. I started taking 10mg before bed and worked up to taking it 5 or 6 hours before bed without any change. I even tried taking 10mg in the afternoon and 10mg in the evening and still no help with sleep.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I have been taking Ambien for 2 years now for insomnia and trouble sleeping. It does make you tired, but you also feel really good and happy. I would take it and an hour later, not remember anything. Also, I would still wake up every hour. It helped me fall asleep, but not stay asleep. Recently, I over dosed on Ambien. That is what really woke me up. This is not for me. I have been prescribed Seroquel for my sleeping problems and this is wonderful. I have no more sleepwalking and I remember everything.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I am a young woman who never had issues falling asleep, but as I was planning my wedding and the stress of work, I was having a hard time. I was really nervous to take Ambien at first because of the negative reviews, but my experience has only been positive. I fall asleep within a few minutes and stay asleep, but I don't find myself in too much of deep sleep that I couldn't wake up in case of an emergency. It really changed my mindset on medication and sleeping aids in general. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I started taking Ambien for insomnia about a month ago. It works great if I am able to take it early enough to get in 8 hours of sleep...however...I also take Wellbutrin and apparently they do not work well together. I have been sleep eating, sundaes, brownies, yogurt, sandwiches. I also cook and leave the mess behind and don't remember ANY OF IT. I colored my hair with two colors, and gave myself the worst haircut I've ever had in my life and was totally shocked the next morning when I saw the bright pink color in my hair and awful short bangs and uneven length. I had a conversation with my daughter and gave her permission to spend the night out which I would NOT have done in my right mind and she made me write it down for proof!
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: Ambien is absolutely great, a miracle. Calms the mind. I suffer from severe anxiety, sometimes panic attacks. I'll take them during the day and the panic and anxiety just melts away. Fantastic for many psychological disorders but best for sleeping. Take on an empty stomach or you wont get the full effect.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: When I was in the service I had a few bouts with sleep problems only 3 times in 8 years. I was put on Ambien for 2 weeks at a time. Eventually it would wear off I'd go back to "dealing with it" Then for a few years I self medicated with whiskey. No big dramatic story but that had to stop. When I got out I didn't even try to claim compensation for it with the VA but they gave me a insomnia comp. Since then I receive my pills in the mail. I have never had a negative side effect. No sleep walking, talking, driving. It works better on an empty stomach though. I've woken up at night on it before but I normally fall right back to sleep. I wake up feeling like I got that perfect amount of sleep and so refreshed. It has given me my life back.
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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I took two Ambien and according to my family, came down stairs, greeted them all like I never seen them before. Then went into the kitchen and performed a kitchen show talking to myself and my new recipes. Then went back to bed. I have no memory of this.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I have taken this medicine for 4 months now due to not being able to sleep with the depression medicines I'm on. Ambien works wonders. I had a few odd moments where my child found me sleep walking, just in the fridge, hungry I guess. I saw things the first time I took a whole 10 mg. I'm glad others wrote reviews because my husband thought I was mental. Other then that it's been a blessing. I wake up at 6:30 every morning refreshed and brand new. I would tell anyone if you take it laying down. Don't go walk around it's meant for bedtime for a reason. It's worth a try for anyone not being able to sleep. Oh also I sleep from 9 to 6 every night. I may wake up once and I take nothing else for sleep.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: Ambien worked great at helping me fall asleep but was terrible with helping me stay asleep, which found out after 2 weeks of taking it, it is a sleep inducer. I had no other side effects other than I would only get 3-4 hours of sleep a night.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I took my first Ambien last night. I laid in bed for almost an hour before I took it, then after taking the Ambien I would say I fell asleep within 15 minutes. I did wake up twice during the night but went right back to sleep and woke up at 6:15 this morning with a clear head and refreshed. At this point, I think Ambien rocks. I have always had trouble shutting down my mind and falling asleep. I have tried numerous prescriptions and over the counter medications with unsatisfactory results.
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Ambien CR (zolpidem) for Insomnia: Ambien CR assists me in falling asleep but only briefly, often waking after just 3-4 hours. When it does work, I don't recall things like getting up to turn on lights and the TV full blast! I have also experienced dizziness, loss of motor skills and next day grogginess/sleepiness. Today I woke to find my small craft table smashed on the floor all the craft items scattered on the floor. A crash like that would most certainly have awoken me right? Well no it didn't and I don't recall knocking it over! So it had to be me while sleepwalking again! I have turned to taking it only when I am truly desperate for a decent night's sleep!
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: This medicine, combined with 15mg of Remeron (the sedating antidepressant) has improved my quality of life ten-fold! Ambien (zolpidem) works very quickly and puts me to sleep within 20 minutes; Remeron works more slowly and keeps me in a deep, restful sleep. I've tried both medicines in isolation, with limited success. Taking only zolpidem gives me a short sleep of about 4 hours. On its own, Remeron will put me to sleep for 7-9 hours but takes two hours to start working. The combination of the two is perfectly synergistic! It's the "silver bullet" to my insomnia and low-grade depression, which I've had all of my 35 years. I've never been happier or healthier!
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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: Ambien does the trick. However, you build a tolerance fairly quickly. I also had many many weird experiences the 3 years I was on it. I stopped taking however, and now take Trazodone, but will likely switch back in a year or so.
I have been on this generic Ambien for about two years. I can't sleep without it. I try to not take it but I won't get any sleep with out this. It takes me about 15-30 minutes to fall asleep after I take it. It works great for me. No side effects.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: Really effective and helped me sleep, but also found myself confused and sometimes sleepwalking, in one case I was pretty badly injured jumping back into 'bed' but it was the home office desk I dove into, not the bed. It was a strange experience, because I never walked in my sleep, and thought I could clearly see and knew where I was, it equaled "bedroom" at 2 am. Take with caution.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: Ive been an Ambien user now for 6 years. And like a lot of other post I've read, I find it is much more effective when taken on an empty stomach. I too have had my crazy nightly side effects..Painting my toe nails, dying my hair, a box of cereal completely eaten, and an almost dead cell phone to where I had been on the phone half the night saying god knows what (and yes, all this in one night). I agree that if you take it correctly and on an empty stomach, you should lay down within the first 30 minutes, if not, you never know where you may end up. It gives you almost an errie jolt of energy that you remember nothing about!
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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I've been using 10mg Ambien for about 10 years now. I sleep very soundly and awake 6-8 hours later refreshed and loads of energy. Not every night, maybe 2 or 3 times a week. It is my miracle drug, but ONLY if I take it on an empty stomach! I too have had some "amnesia" like times. When I first began taking it, I called an ex boyfriend while my husband was asleep next to me. Thank God the side effects have gone away!
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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I too have had embarrassing experiences on Ambien. While it helps me sleep, I often make phone calls or send nasty evil emails or texts in the middle of the night (3 or 4am) when I was sure I was asleep. I woke up one morning with my hand bandaged. Startled. I unwrapped my hand and noticed I had chopped off the end of my finger! Luckily I had the wits about me (I guess) to nurse my wound. I walked into the kitchen and realize I was cooking a ten course meal in the middle of the night. One time I woke up at 5 in the morning to find myself flat on my back on the concrete deck behind my neighbor's house. I did have my underwear on but it was October in Minnesota and it was a 40 degree night! I felt great though! Don't taunt Ambien!
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Ambien CR (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I am a pharmacy tech and am on Ambien CR 12.5 mg. I have been on it for about 3 months now but I don't take it every night. When I do take it (as my thyroid is hyperactive) I do feel rested in the morning but when I don't take it, it's really not a big deal. It does help with my sleep but I do hide my car keys from myself just in case.
Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: I had great success with this medicine at first. I had/have the 10 mg pills. When I started taking it, I would use it 3-4 times per week even though I could not fall or stay asleep on the other nights. Now I take it every night along with Xanax for insomnia and that still doesn't do the trick. My doctor added Trazodone 50mg to the mix. I still only get about 3-5 hours of sleep. It takes till 5 or 6 in the morning for me to fall asleep. It is slightly better than nothing at all, all 3 of the medicine's combined that is. I am beginning to feel like I will never sleep a good nights sleep.
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Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia: Ive been taking Ambien for 1 and 1/2 years. I think it works great, especially when traveling. Sometimes just 5 mg does it, and I have even used just 1/4 sometimes. It just relaxes the mind to let you sleep. The only time I did something silly was when I had a few drinks and took one. That's not good.
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