I have been taking ambien for a couple of weeks now and it is working great. My Dr.says to take 2 days off per week or it will eventually stop working. Is this true? I have tried each week end not to take it but only end of staying awake all night long. Thoughts on this?
Hi zinip, I think your doctor is right, Ambien does stop working eventually for most people. You might want to take good old benadryl on the weekends, for sleep. If that doesn't work add some Melatonin, or try melatonin first.
Melatonin is all natural and can be purchased at any pharmacy or supermarket. There is a tea, the name is Sleepy Time Tea (or close to that) it is also a natural product. It tastes like road kill (not that I eat road kill that often) but some friends of mine swear on it. I tried it, but couldn't stand the taste (obviously!) but you may not mind it. Add enough honey and it may become palatable.
Or, just talk to your doctor, tell her/him that you are getting NO sleep on the week ends. Maybe you will be prescribed a different medication to switch to on the week ends. That may work, and perhaps stave off addiction or tolerance to any sleep medications.
Good luck and I wish you loads of Z's!
He's trying to prevent you building up a tolerance to it. This will inevitably happen if you keep taking it. Have you tried an over the counter sleep med on the weekends? There are also things that help us sleep. One is not to watch tv or be on the computer for 2 hrs before bed. Also keep your room absolutely dark and as quiet as possible. Try taking tylenol before bed, even if you don't really feel pain, sometimes we ache a little and its enough to keep us awake. Try a glass of milk before bed, it doesn't have to be warm. Go to bed at a regular time. And no alcohol or caffeine for about 6 hrs before bed.
I haven't been on Ambien that long so I do not know for sure but I'm going out on a limb & saying yes. I have been on lunesta for years & now it doesn't work as well. Dr said that sometimes if u switch meds or go off for awhile it will help. I have tried every over the counter possible. Some of my drs n the past do not believe n the sleep aids but do give meds like elavil or lorazapam at night to shut off your brain.
My first response to this would be that EVERYONE responds differently to all medications. That being said, I have an extremely high tolerance to all medications so my body builds up a tolerance real quick to meds that have that nature & I havebeen on ambien/zolpidem for over 15 years. Its just been over the last 6 months that it has indeed stopped working for me.
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