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Had sleep problems since College (43 years old now). Took all the normal heavy duty sleep medicines like Valium and even Benadryl. These only put me in a half sleep state and made me feel horrible for days on in. After 20 years of suffering from insomnia and after a bout with meningitis in 2000 my friend, a neurologist who was seeing me for post meningitis asked me how I was sleeping. I told her I haven't had a good nights sleep in over 20 years. She wrote a script for Ambien. I have never been so in love with a pill in my life as I am with Ambien. I fall asleep within 15 minutes, get a good 7 hours hard sleep and wake up bright and early and feel rested like I have not felt in decades. Ambien is a miracle drug and thanks to the genius who made it.
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I haven't been able to fall asleep until after 2 or 3am for about a year, even if I was extremely tired I would just lie in bed for hours. I would be lucky if I got 3-5 hours of sleep a night. My doctor prescribed me Ambien 2 weeks ago. I've been getting the best sleep ever. I even wake up after 6-8 hours fully refreshed and awake. I'm just happy to be getting a normal sleep. This really works. I have no stories of waking up in the middle of the night doing odd things.
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I have been using Ambien for several years. I take it quite often. I have always had sleep problems and have found that with use of Ambien I sleep on a regular schedule, and do not have to sleep during the day because I was up most of the night before. Overall, I have found Ambien to be a real help to my overall well-being and general health. The problem I am concerned about is: More than two years ago I had a couple of situations where I got up in the night and ate sandwiches, potato chips, and one time made a bloody mary and drank it without any recollection the next day. Recently, I got up in the night and wrote bizarre emails to several people.
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Ambien is a great sleep aid. I used to take the 10mg dose and did great. I was able to fall asleep fast and stay asleep through the night. There are some side effects to this medication though. For example: The first time I took Ambien I had no side effects. I slept soundly through the night, no problems at all. After a few nights of taking it though I started to wake up in the morning and see that my furniture had been moved around or that my fridge door was open. I could not figure out what had happened until I asked my doctor. Supposedly when taking any hypnotic, it can cause you to sleep walk, or do things in your sleep that when you wake up you have no memory of ever doing. Overall though, it does what it's supposed to do.
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I'm a college student with sleep onset insomnia. Before Ambien I was taking 6 over-the-counter sleep pills a night with unhappy results. The fact is, Ambien works. I've been on it for a few months now, and I can tell that I need it EVERY night, and I am beginning to need more so I take the occasional 2nd pill. I wish there was another way. If there is a situation in which you need a short time sleep medicine, this is it. But this is not something to live your life dependent on, which is the case with most cases of insomnia.
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Zolpidem worked well at the 5mg dose for about 3 or 4 nights. Then I noticed my lips were dry, mildly cracked, and tender. Gradually I noticed that the tip of my tongue felt as though it had been burnt. I ignored that as I drink hot coffee. On the 4th day I used a Listerine-like mouthwash; the result was an immediate and severe reaction: the inside of my mouth became bright red and swollen. My face broke out in scattered red spots or streaks. Once I had spat out the mouthwash and the pain had gone down, I noticed that my eyes, or the tissue around my eyes, also felt dry and sore. Two days later, the reaction is gradually clearing.
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The thing I love most about Ambien is that I can still wake up and function if I need to, and then fall back to sleep. I have three kids, and if one of them wants a glass of water in the middle of the night or falls out of bed, I'm perfectly functional to take care of them, even on Ambien. I sleep great now, but everyone should try to wait until they get into the bed prior to taking the pill. Fortunately, my worst Ambien-induced amnesia stories are waking up and thinking "I wonder who did the dishes?"
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I have insomnia and chronic pain. Ambien helps me sleep for 8 hours a night. If I didn't take it, my back pain would drive me out of bed. I agree with everyone's thought that you should take it after you're in bed. Otherwise, I black out and raid the refrigerator or talk on the phone. The next day, I don't remember doing those things.
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I build tolerance to any medication really quickly, so I will be able to use 10 mg of regular Ambien for maybe a month, then my doctor would up it to 20mg for the next month, and following that he would give me Ambien CR for the 3rd month, and then basically start all over again. I have tried nearly every single other sleep aid available by prescription and non prescription and Ambien has been the only one which works for me.
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Have had very little to no sleep since Friday March 20. Took Ambien on Monday at 10:45 and here I still am up at 1am Tuesday. I did try to fall asleep last night and I just lay awake. Never got anywhere close to falling asleep. I feel very strange and drugged, but not tired.
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Warning - I have been taking Ambien occasionally for a couple of years now and had no real side effects. But you do need to definitely heed the warnings and go directly to bed. I took two and stayed up a while longer picking up around the house. That is the last thing I remember for the next 30 hours. I hadn't put the bottle away and they tell me that I must have taken several more without knowing it. I had to be hospitalized for 2 days.
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I have been taking Ambien for about 2 years and I love it. I was in the Navy and now I work a 12 hour night shift so I usually can't sleep or if I fall asleep I can't stay asleep long enough. I have had a few nights I do things and don't remember but overall it is wonderful.
I think I have the story of all stories about Ambien. I used to take it, and I loved it. I woke up refreshed without any strange things happening. Until one night I had taken a few. I took one and I had built up a tolerance for it so I took another. Next thing I know, I'm naked out in my backyard and I couldn't remember why. Then I come in the house, and there were cops there. I got upset because A) I was naked and B) I didn't know why they were there. Apparently I went nuts, and started throwing things at my boyfriend, and he didn't know what was wrong with me so he called the police. Then they were cuffing me and I was struggling because I could not remember our fight what so ever.
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My experience with this drug has been totally different from most of the posters. I had weird dreams, woke up after 2-3 hours, and with a higher dose- I went into the kitchen and ate a box of donuts and didn't remember any of it the next day.
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I have taken Ambien for about a year now and sleep well, at least 6-8 hours every night and wake up refreshed. I agree with others to not take until ready to get into bed because I have experienced the same experience of not remembering what I have done if I take it earlier then bedtime. Works great for me.
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Due to issues with my insurance I recently have had to switch from Ambien CR to regular Ambien. Although the medication is very helpful to me in falling asleep I have found that I wake up throughout the night (1-3 times). A problem that I did not experience when taking the Ambien CR. Nonetheless, Ambien has significantly helped me cope with my insomnia.
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