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Please Help!!! Ambien withdrawals
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    sugarspunZ is offline New Member
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    Hey everyone,
    I am extremely worried about my girlfriend. She has been taking Ambiem (10mg i believe) for the past ten years. She has been suffering for sever eye dryness and pain and has seen specialist after specialist for the last year to try and get relief from the eye pain. Many of the eye doctors have mentioned that prolonged use of Ambien can cause eye pain and dry eye so reluctantly she has stopped the Ambien cold turkey. The first week was not bad. She was able to sleep with the help of Melatonin. Her sleep was not great but it wasnt bad. Things progressively got worse. She is now having sever anxiety, feels totally hopeless, is severely depressed, and at times wished she was dead. Now she has stated that she would never take her life and is not suicidal, but obviously i am very concerned.
    I have been reading on the web about Ambien and reading all of the terrible side affects and stories. Damn this is a terrible drug. I had no idea.
    Anyway are her symptoms from Ambien withdrawal? She we seek medical help? If so from what type of Doctor? How long will this last?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    also...

    EDIT: she has been on Ambien for two years not ten.

    i have read a lot of things about getting back on the Ambien and then weening off of it.
    is this a good idea because she has already been off of it for 3 weeks?

    how long is it going to take for her to be back to normal or at least back to being functional?
    Last edited by sugarspunZ; 03-15-2009 at 04:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugarspunZ View Post
    also...

    EDIT: she has been on Ambien for two years not ten.

    i have read a lot of things about getting back on the Ambien and then weening off of it.
    is this a good idea because she has already been off of it for 3 weeks?

    how long is it going to take for her to be back to normal or at least back to being functional?
    Hi sugarspun
    I took lunesta and ambien for about 4 years in a row...and I still take it when I cant sleep...maybe I was just lucky...but I never had any bad side effects when I came off taking them...
    Could there be any other underling condition that she could have, maybe anxiety or migraines...
    Let us know how she is doing...
    Melinda

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda7.5 View Post
    Hi sugarspun
    I took lunesta and ambien for about 4 years in a row...and I still take it when I cant sleep...maybe I was just lucky...but I never had any bad side effects when I came off taking them...
    Could there be any other underling condition that she could have, maybe anxiety or migraines...
    Let us know how she is doing...
    Melinda
    the only other underlying condition i can think of is depression from the sever eye pain.

    she was also taking Wellbutrin and Abilify which she also stopped cold turkey along with the Ambien. 3 eye doctors stated that the Ambien and Anti Depressants can be causing the eye pain and eye dryness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugarspunZ View Post
    the only other underlying condition i can think of is depression from the sever eye pain.

    she was also taking Wellbutrin and Abilify which she also stopped cold turkey along with the Ambien. 3 eye doctors stated that the Ambien and Anti Depressants can be causing the eye pain and eye dryness.
    Ill bet the Abilify and the wellbutrin are the culprits...
    I know that people have a hard time if they cold turkey a/d...
    Is there anyway she could do a taper off this stuff...
    I'm not sure why she was prescribed the Abilify...
    I know my son took it for his bi-polar disorder...

    I think she just went off all her scripts to fast...
    I know there are threads on this site for those meds...
    and there are people on here that know alot more that I do about these drugs...
    I would make a new thread about the Abilify and Wellbutrin...
    I think that you may get more help that way...
    Did she call her doctor...Im sure he could be of some help...
    Please let us know how she is..
    Talk to you soon, Melinda

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    I have been taking ambien for 10 years. When I expressed to my doctor that I wanted to get off of it for fear of being addicted, he replied "I take heart medication every day...am I addicted?" "Or, rather do I depend on it to keep my heart working." He stated that if I were to go off ambien, my insomnia would still be there as it isn't necessarily curable. So, I gave myself permission to take ambien and I don't abuse it...I sleep like a baby...love the stuff!

    ..so ask your doctor about the withdrawl symptoms. When I stop taking it, I just don't sleep. Dry eye could be from a lot of things...did a doctor SAY it was from the ambien?

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    I have been taking ambien on and off for one year,and have had no withdrawal ,as as it says on tv it is non addictive and can be taken as long as you dr recomends.I also take 10 mg but i take KOLPIDEM generic for ambien but have never had a problem
    It\'s been a long hard ride. And still is for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeplessinmissoula View Post
    I have been taking ambien for 10 years. When I expressed to my doctor that I wanted to get off of it for fear of being addicted, he replied "I take heart medication every day...am I addicted?" "Or, rather do I depend on it to keep my heart working." He stated that if I were to go off ambien, my insomnia would still be there as it isn't necessarily curable. So, I gave myself permission to take ambien and I don't abuse it...I sleep like a baby...love the stuff!

    ..so ask your doctor about the withdrawl symptoms. When I stop taking it, I just don't sleep. Dry eye could be from a lot of things...did a doctor SAY it was from the ambien?
    Lol, your doc must know my doc as he said the exact same thing! I love my Ambien, too, I've taken it just about every night for the last 3 1/2 years and if I don't I just can't sleep, period. I have to say though that it does bother me--in the back of my mind--that I am addicted to it--I would really like to not take it. I'm tapering down now, down to 2.5mg, but am not sleeping well at all, so if it continues, I'm going to just take it--it's better than laying awake all night .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugarspunZ View Post
    also...

    EDIT: she has been on Ambien for two years not ten.

    i have read a lot of things about getting back on the Ambien and then weening off of it.
    is this a good idea because she has already been off of it for 3 weeks?

    how long is it going to take for her to be back to normal or at least back to being functional?
    Going off of 3 meds at once is just asking for trouble. Dry eyes from Ambien withdrawal? Not so sure. But, she's through the hard part getting off the Ambien, I wish I could quit cold turkey but I'd be awake for 3 days straight if I did . Of the 3 meds she was on, quitting Ambien is usally the hardest, so tell her the hard parts over...Good luck!

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