Recently started Ambien after trying Seroquel and trazadone without much success. A bit nervous about whether it is going to affect me adversely the next morning such as not being as sharp and focused at work. Also, the bottle says to take on an empty stomach. How long after my evening snack should I take the Ambien. I have to be up and functioning at work by 7:30 am. Am I asking for trouble?
Sorry I haven't been on here for quite a while. My first thought is to ask you if you live alone, or with a roommate, family, or others?
I would highly suggest doing your first few nights a little earlier than you might normally. Like, an evening snack at 7:30 and Ambien sometime around 9? And make sure you're ready for bed before you take it.
That's just an idea though.
But yeah, do you live with people or alone?
If trazedone didn't leave you hung over in the am nothing will. I think i'd have started it when I was off the next day to get an idea on timing and how it worked for me. Most of the people I've seen on it are alert in the AM. It works fairly fast so I'd take it within a half hour of bedtime. Be aware that it does cause a small percentage of people to walk in their sleep.
Hey there girly. I took Ambien for a long time, with great success in the beginning. I remember at first having to go to bed at least 7-8 hrs. People are obviously different. I'm no doctor. Duh..like you don't know this. You know quite a bit about me actually. Anyways, I'm no dr., but I never had a problem with drowsiness in the morning. I've heard some say they have. And I've heard a lot of people don't like it because it doesn't work well. But many have had success with it. I just took it for so long... it quit working. But in my situation, as you well know, I've had my share of trouble's and struggle's, and that can affect anyone's sleep when they are dealing with ton's of stress. It's kind of funny. Recently my doctor has tried many sleep meds on me. Lunesta, which like Ambien I took for a long time, Hydroxizine, Restoril 30mg, ect.. And the one they finally found that allowed me any sleep at all, was Trazadone.
The one you said didn't work well for you.I don't know how many mg you were on, but they upped mine to 300mg, and I'm getting about five hr's of sleep a night. Goes to show you, how different people are. And I know beyond a shadow of doubt that I would possibly get more sleep if I wasn't so stressed. I have major insomnia. It's difficult, and stressful on the body. But to be on the safe side, I would take it pretty early the first few days at least until you can tell how it affects you. You may feel groggy the first few days, but mine went away shortly thereafter. I hope I helped in some small way. I can only tell yo my experience. I didn't call again this weekend. You can hit me upside the head. We'll work on this week. lol. Seriously. Take care girlfriend, and let me know how it works for you. Love, one of you're bestie friends, Ruthie
i took ambien and then ambien cr 12.5 mg for a few years. just recently quit because it is a short-term drug and can worsen or cause depression. i have had severe depression for years, i missed reading that it is not a good drug for depressives, just found out. i woke up feeling refreshed, totally sharp and focused. no grogginess. actually, i didn't follow the *empty stomach* rule. sometimes it was empty and sometimes i took it right after a big bowl of ice cream, cake, chips. couldn't tell the difference. after a while i had to add trazodone with the ambien, it just wasn't doing it for me by itself anymore. missed the refreshed feeling i had with just the ambien, trazodone makes me groggy.
I used to take ambien before I was officially diagnosed with GAD and depression. They say to take it on an empty stomach which is true, but you have to go straight to bed when you do. It will knock you out within about thirty minutes. Watch out for side effects..sometimes I would wind up doing stuff like eating in my sleep, which was totally weird. Trazodone works much better for me, I get a good night's sleep and I don't have that hungover feeling the next day. Hope this helps and take care Laurie.
Laurie, just want to comfirm again, that everyone is different. One person said if trazodone didn't leave you hung over than nothing will. Well, it's been a Godsend to me, and I was slowly upped on the medication. I'm not going to say in the beggining there was not a little drowsiness the next morning, but it NEVER made me feel hungover or unable to wake up on. So everyone is different. Don't be afraid to take it. If you don't like it... you don't ever have to take it again. That's the good thing. You tell people all of the time about how antidepressants take time to kick in. Well sometimes it's that way with all kinds of medicine. Now if you take a handful of them... you will feel hungover. lol That is if you can even get up. lol. Not to worry my friend. You always tell me not to worry, so right back at ya. Talk to you soon, Ruthie
I have been on Ambien for years and love it. The half life is short, I generally wake up from a dead sleep after about 6 hours. I'm now taking it with 50 mg of trazadone, anything more than that and I am very hung over. I've never worried about an empty stomach or not. It's probably been 5 years and I am very positive about it.
Having previously taken temazapam which began to not work my doctor moved me to Ambien. I had taken this drug a number of years ago with a lot of success so he placed me back on the Ambien again. I have no side effects however you must plan on 7~7 1/2 hours of sleep, no 5 hour deals or anything like that or you will experience a hangover effect. I feel much better on Ambien. Keep in mind we are all different but that is my experience. Best of health to you.
i have been on all three and can only speak on how i felt on it, the first one i had was trazadone, hated it, first of all they say with the trazadone there is a time frame that you have to lie down between that time frame or it wont work, well i took it and lied down and it didn't work for me at all, and the next day i felt like crap in my head! seroquel worked great on me and i was on it for a long time maybe 11/2 yrs, and after that i started getting rls from it and it drove me nuts, cause i have panic disorder/agorphobia as well as other mh issues and the rls i couldn't deal with so that's why i got off that, the ambien, didn't help me sleep at all, and got up in morning feeling all disoriented, but that is what happened to me, this doesn't mean u will have the same effect, wishing u the best is all i can say, everyone reacts to meds differant, but if i had to choose i would have stayed on the seroquel, i took it and 5 mins later i was out and slept like a baby through the night until yrs later when i get the rls from them, other then that they are great for sleep and racing thoughts etc...
I haven't tried Ambien before, but from what I have heard the side affects are terrible, including headaches, vomiting, sleepwalking among others. Not everyone has problems with this drug. Talk to your doctor first, if you have bad insomnia it may help you, sorry i could not help more.
Hi Laurie. Not certain how well its going to work for you. The dose you need to sleep (soundly) might give you a hangover effect. At least in the first week. Also, you are on Abilify and (forgot the others) so theres interacting to be had. Some years ago, I was on it, and as is par in my case, my system built up a tolerance to it. Have a great week, pledge
I found Ambien provides 5 hours of sleep, and no hang-over.
Other people have had weird sleep-walking incidences, so be careful.
Your insomnia will improve, but like I said, 5 hours (solid) sleep is all I got.
I've also read many Ambien questions, and many people have said that 5 hours seems to be the norm.
Best wishes to the woman who helps everyone else!!
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