I have chronic insomnia. Ambien has stopped working because I've taken it for years. It gradually lost its effectiveness and i had to double up on doses to get a few hours sleep. Then I'd run out of pills whuch was a problem. So I'd substitute with lorazapam. But that stopped working as well. OTC's like dyphenhydramine do not work and actually make me jumpy. Melatonin does not work. All the little protocols, obviously I do, limit caffeine, darken room, etc. Etc. Is there something else I can ask my doctor for? Sleepless in NY.
You can ask your doctor about trazadone. I've been on 10mg of ambien for 9 years. Still works fine as long as I take it on an empty stomach. Doc wants me off of Ambien, so tonight I'm trying the 50mg of trazadone. He said if it don't work that I can take half of an Ambien with it. Good luck. Remember, take it on an empty stomach.
I have had chronic insomnia since '97..I have fibromyalgia. I have been taking ambien since 2001. Used to work like a charm. But over the years I have had to take a ''cocktail'' of different sleep meds. After ambien alone was not working well I took ambien with melatonin. ..5 mg. Years later I increased the melatonin. For quite some time I have been taking about 3/4 of an ambien,10 mg of melatonin and one generic Doxylamine tablet as a sleep med ''cocktail'' .. I am not recommending it... I am just saying what I take and have for at least the last year. I have to take it early in the evening. Not working as well as it did for a while. After so many years of insomnia and having a high tolerance for most meds I am wondering how long this is going to keep working for me. So I ended up here.
I am also having the same issues as you all are describing. I have been on ambien for the last 10 years, started with 10mg and that worked for a lot of years, then about 3 years ago, I got a very stressful job and wasn't sleeping well, so I upped my own dose and start cutting pills and taking 15mg every night. I quickly realized my prescription was running out too soon, and the pharmacy wouldnt fill another script until the 30 days was up. So I had to drop my dose down to 12mg, and try to make it last that way. Its not working though, Im still running out as im only prescribed 30 pills of 10mg each every month. Im not sleeping, Im missing work, and I am a single mom of 2 boys to keep up with, which is VERY hard when im just dead exhausted all day everyday getting 4-5 broken hours day in and day out. I have had sleep studies, have been tested for sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, dont have those. Been to therapy, dentists, ear nose throat doctors.
Im not sure where to turn as I feel like if this continues, i will loose my job and my sanity.
Anyone have thoughts on taking 10mg ambien with Valerian root or Benadryl?
I have been taking Ambien for about 10 years. The empty stomach was a problem. Then effectiveness was diminishing. I put tablet under my tongue to dissolve. More fully absorbs and acts faster.
I've never slept without a sleep aid before, not even as a baby. Benadryl, zquil, nyquil, melatonin, trazodone, lorazepam... you name it I've tried it. Did many different "cocktails" of drug combinations and they sort of worked for a little bit but ended up having no effect. I've had 2 doctors tell me they won't see me anymore because i'm a "lost cause" and sleep specialist refuse to see me. The longest time ive gone without any sleep is 2 months and 3 days (not exaggerating, it's awful). The only thing that has been helping so far has been taking 10mg of zolpidem (ambien) and 100mg of trazodone. It doesn't help all the time (especially if taken after food) but it has definitely helped me.
Ambien alone doesn't have any effect on me (not even if I take 50mg that night) but there is something about ambien and trazodone together that seems to help. Oh! And do NOT take Unisom OR benadryl if you are as severe as me with insomnia because it has the opposite effect on me. It will make you stay awake and make your limbs tingle and go numb and you'll be in so much pain and discomfort. I'm only a few months into trazodone and ambien so I'll update this comment in a few months.
Ambien has stopped working for me,Completely... i look terrible,and feel terrible... i was on 10 mgs,I feel like I got,Placebos,by mistake
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