Before 9/11 I was on ambien. Back then, I got a new doctor who convinced me to get off of it because “drugs are bad”. Two months later, sleep deprived, I lost my job, lost my insurance, and couldn't go back to that lousy doctor who took me off the drug without any real supervision. Since then I've learned that insomnia isn't about weak-will (unemployed with a bad job market, I tried for about 3 years to overcome the insomnia problem). When I finally got a job, I used alcohol to sleep because I wasn't on insurance and I could at least function with the sleep alcohol provided. Things got better. My city's health care program helped me get back on ambien. I've been on ambien for about 5 years now and am making enough money to pay for insurance. The problem is this—my doctor's office has recently had a shake-up. My doctor left and it seems like the office no longer believes that I need ambien—they think I'm an addict. I've been through this before. They insist that insomnia is a real medical problem and yet they're no longer willing to prescribe ambien. They want to keep me as a patient but want the sleep specialist that I'm going to see to take-over the prescription. This drug has drastically improved the quality of my life. I'm just scared that I'm going to go back to long days and nights of sleep deprivation. Does anyone have any advice?
It sound like you Really need a NEW doctors office. Even though you are seeing a new dr. in that group they still have your chart with your old dr. notes in them. Usually sleep specialist Do Not prescribe meds. They let your dr. know the results but your primary dr. will have to prescribe. Also I used to take Ambien but did not like the ' hang over' effects. I have been on Lunesta for about 8 years & it works great. And if your new job does not have insurance look into the manufacture patient assistance to possibly help you out with the cost. Hope you get some Good sleep soon & get some meds that help you out soon.
Print out what you've written here, and hand it to a new doc! If that new doc doesn't put you on Ambien straight away, walk out !!
Find a decent doc that is understanding and you will have your sleep med.
Ask friends if they can recommend a doc, ONE THAT LISTENS!!
I wish you good ZZZ's and a great doc!
That is horrible. Ambien works GREAT on the people on whom it works great for. It can make the difference between function and dysfunction. I don't get the doctors' fear of it?? God bless the doctors who prescribe it and aren't afraid.
Request and insist to be referred to a specialist that has experience in treating sleep disorders. If Ambien works for you, share that experience with the specialist and let him assess you for addiction if necessary.
The best dr to keep you on ambien is a psychiatrist... regular doctors want do it...
I understand your pain.. I have been on ambien for 6 years.. I was abused all my childhood and lived in fear stayed up all night to scared to sleep and fell asleep in class. I go to a university hospital and they have residents. One day a get a new resident and the first thing he says to me. Your not getting anymore ambien because it's not good for post traumatic stress. I freaked out. I have tried everything under the sun to sleep..ambien was the only thing that worked. Talk about suffering. Then he puts in my chart. Do not give ambien..omg.. I cannot sleep literally. .I lost every job because of this problem. What do I do now. Doesn't your chart go everywhere with u.
I know what you're going through. The doctors don't really know what it is like to TRY to sleep. To stare at a dark ceiling wondering when sleep will come. Sleep should not be a chore. The thought of that alone is enough to prevent you from being able to relax and just sleep. Ambien works. period.. It is a powerful drug, and the people who take it need to know how powerful it is so they don't overdose, but it can be used responsibly. Find a sleep specialist who understands. They will want you to have a sleep study done where they hook you up to all kinds of electrodes and watch you sleep. (how relaxing is that?) They will say you have sleep Apnea even if you don't. It makes me want to call their homes in the middle of the night so they can be woken up and feel my frustration. Enough said. I hope you can find a good doctor who will understand. You should NEVER drive after taking Ambien.
I’m now having a similar problem. I’ve been taking a half an Ambien at bedtime for a couple of years now. It’s the only thing that’s ever worked for me. If I wake up anytime before 3:00 am and can’t get back to sleep I take the other half. I’ve never had to take more and haven’t built up a resistance.
Unbeknownst to me my doctor suddenly only prescribed 20 pills every 30 days so now I’m going to be without anything for four days.
I’m afraid of the withdrawal symptoms and of course the sleepless nights ahead.
I’ve wanted to change doctors for a while simply because I think she’s a lazy doctor but don’t want to be accused of doctor shopping.
Any advice on any OTC sleep aids in the mean time would be appreciated.
- Ambien Information for Consumers
- Ambien Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ambien (detailed)
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