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Reviews for Ambien to treat Insomnia
Review by 8579309 (taken for less than 1 month):
I had a real rough time falling asleep so my doc prescribed Ambien. It worked tremendously but after 3 days I experienced finger joint pain, by the 5th day wrist and finger joint paint was excessive. I will stop using and hope the pain goes away!
Review by nikadi2009 (taken for less than 1 month):
My doctor took me off Trazodone due to sexual problems. I started taking Ambien about 2 days ago. The first day, I was a zombie and had major amnesia problems. My son videotaped how crazy I was acting. I didn't know you had to lie down and take it. I took it the next night while in bed and was wired. Only got 30 minutes of sleep before work. I am ADHD, so that may have had something to do with it. I will give it a couple more nights before I give up on it.
I suffer from both sleep onset and sleep maintenance insomnia. My doctor recommended that I take 5 mg (half a dose) of Ambien prior to bedtime. In terms of overriding sleep onset insomnia, this product is excellent. It also does a good job of keeping me asleep throughout the night; however, I still wake up approximately five to six hours later. (My ideal amount of sleep is seven to eight hours). Still, getting six hours of uninterrupted sleep is preferable to eight hours of fitful sleeping. It's also worth mentioning that Ambien doesn't leave me feeling groggy in the morning.
Unlike some of the other reviewers here I haven't experienced any of the more pernicious negative side-effects, e.g. the various somnambulist activities.
First time in a LONG time I have gone to bed without worrying about if I was going to be able to sleep, then I didn't have to lay there trying, it just happened.
I woke up refreshed, which was a surprise because it is normally a 15 minute battle to get up in the morning.
16 users found this comment helpful.
Since I was a teenager I have been struggling with Insomnia. So I was sent to a Psychiatrist who was fairly old. So as he prescribed Xanax and Valium for me in the day time. He gave me Amytal (amobarbital) 200mg Capsules for insomnia. These work more than you can believe. However as there wasn't a huge demand for it it was taken off the market, and I was put on Restoril 30mg x 2,
didn't work. Ambien in my opinion is the best they have on the market right now.
Works amazing! I have horrible anxiety and panic attacks which causes me to have insomnia as well. Tried just about everything for sleep. Works better than some benzos to for sleep! I know a lot about benzos. Been prescribed Ativan and Valium and this medication puts me to sleep better than those! Note this medication works similar to benzos. 5mg will work great to. You will sleep fine and wake up feeling great and functioning normal as can be. Overall great sleep medicine.
19 users found this comment helpful.
I have trouble sleeping. I am also a former drug addict. I was prescribed ambien and find that when I take it I make a lot of phone calls- the next morning I am always embarassed. Last night I made tweleve phone calls including a former co-worker (20 years ago) I left a voice message on vet's answearing service. I also discovered, to my horror, I had sent a number of emails. It is like recalling the things you did when you are drunk. The uspide I slept stright for about five hours (rare for me) and was not groggy. Indeed, I enjoyed about forty-five mintues to an hour of cheerfulness I remembered the phone calls
Have been taking Ambien as needed for about a month. It's worked almost flawlessly and very reliably each time I've taken it, and I've experienced no negative effects. It's a very calm, peaceful transition into sleep. I used to dread bedtime because my thoughts raced constantly, but this drug has provided a very satisfactory solution. All in all, a quite safe and reliable solution to insomnia.
32 users found this comment helpful.
Always rolled around in bed since I was a kid trying to stop thinking. Sleep just didn't come natural unless I really put my body through the ringer that day. Being a kid, on those days I slept.
Drinking in my mid years helped me get to sleep. Then I hit a work-anxiety wall in my 50's. Ambien, 10 mg, put me to sleep. With the well known side effects - called friends late at night (it doesn't work on me fast). Ate a lot of crap late. I need a good hour, more like 2 before I feel the effects, probably because I only take 2/3 now, I weigh around 200 pounds. The problem with Ambien is you never know when it's going to hit you. When it does and you're still ambulatory, childproof your life.
15 users found this comment helpful.
I was put on 10mg of Ambien after I was having trouble sleeping during a breakdown. I made the mistake one night of taking it and then answering the phone, I was on the phone for an hour.....Oh man, the cupboard moved all on it own,t hen they were strange people walking up and down the stairs in my house. Strange thing is I thought this was funny. I fell down twice, once breaking a little coffee table. Luckily for me my partner was there to help me up the stairs and put me to bed. I now only take 5mg about an hour before bed and it really relaxes me and makes me forget all problems. I don't have any trouble sleeping anymore as such just the odd night here and there.
31 users found this comment helpful.
I took my daughter to dinner during which she mentioned our ride to school that morning. I asked what she meant. She told me I had given her a ride to school that morning. I have no recollection of taking her to school, leaving the house or coming home. It was a surreal experience and after reading the reviews here I have decided to stop taking the medication. It does help with sleep but driving in a black out is too scary for me.
26 users found this comment helpful.
My bipolar disorder triggered severe insomnia and so my doctor gave me Ambien. It worked wonders. First few nights taking it I saw double/blurry and then just knocked out, got AMAZING rest, woke up refreshed. Overtime I had some sleep walking/talking/eating episodes. One time I woke up and ate a batch of cookies and another time I made some midnight hot dogs. I would wake up feeling unusually bloated, haha, that's why. One time I took the Ambien and decided to take a quick 5 minute hot shower afterwards, well, my husband told me he caught me talking to the shampoo bottles. So weird! Listen to the directions, take once you are lying in bed, unlike me. You wont remember a thing. Once I swallow the pill, I don't remember anything after that.
24 users found this comment helpful.
Review by JessicaC1183 (taken for less than 1 month):
I've been taking Ambien for almost a month now and I have to say, it is amazing. The first night I took it, it kicked in about 10 minutes later. I have never had such a good nights sleep. I woke up feeling energized and I had energy all day. The only weird thing that I experienced were MILD hallucinations before I actually fell asleep. I sat down on the bed and apparently asked my husband "when did we get a water bed?" (we don't have a water bed). And also I asked him, "when did we get pink and green sheets?" (Our sheets are white). Other than that, nothing scary or frightening. I didn't get up in the middle of the night doing anything weird. When I did get up to use the restroom, I knew I was awake and I knew what I was doing.
22 users found this comment helpful.
Very happy with Ambien. I've used a half tablet on and off for about two years. It really helps me relax and fall asleep. Which can be really hard when you are taking six college courses. Just make sure you take it right as you fall asleep. And do not up your dosage if you feel you are building a "tolerance".
16 users found this comment helpful.
Had no problems falling asleep only I would wake up to use the bathroom and stay awake for hours. Since using Ambien, I only take 2.5 mg. I find I can fall back to sleep easily several times a night. I wake up feeling very well rested and full of energy.
20 users found this comment helpful.
Ambien is something I have very mixed feelings about.
To be honest I was hooked on it the first time I took it.
It took me a year to realize this.
It is an extremely subtle dependency that develops, but eventually it will stop working. When it stopped working I started feeling like I didn't get quality sleep at night at all and was dizzy all the time. I think it has a very subtle withdrawal that many people might not understand.
Terrible, I will be up for 3 days straight at a time, it's been two months off of Ambien and I sleep worse now then I ever did before I had it.
My advice is take it EXACTLY as it's prescribed no long term.
30 users found this comment helpful.
I was prescribed Ambien after suffering a serious bout of insomnia that no OTC sleep aid would touch. I was given 10 MG. The first night I took it, I woke up feeling like I was in heaven. I hadn't slept that well since I was a kid. I used it for three months, and the only reason I stopped taking it is because the 10 MG dosage eventually "pooped out" on me and my doctor did not want to increase the dose, so he switched me to Lunesta. But it was great while it lasted. I did have some weird hallucinations happen if I took it and stayed up for a while, so make sure you take it and go right to bed. I quit cold turkey to go on Lunesta and had no problems discontinuing it.
23 users found this comment helpful.
I have been using Ambien for a few years. I have never been able to sleep through the night. Ambien works well. I have had a couple strange experiences however. Recently my wife found out she was a serious diabetic so we have really changed our lifestyle, you know, whole foods, fresh and raw fruits and veggies etc. I have dropped several pounds just eating well and less. The other night I thought I would make a healthy Spam sandwich; I used Dave's Killer Bread, low fat mozzarella and flaxseeds. Wife said I was really proud of my creation; don't remember a thing.
10 users found this comment helpful.
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