I have been on Ambien for close to 8 years now, once in awhile the pharmacist will give me the Generic brand (Zolphidem Tartrate). I've used it before and didn't have any problems but this last supply... I may get one night a week that I really slept. Again tonight, 3rd night this week, I've taken it and an hour later I am still wide awake. I am taking the 10mg tablet and was thinking of taking another so I can get to sleep.
I've been on Ambien for several years myself, and stopped taking it due to decreased effectiveness (you may have built a tolerance to the medication, after taking it for so long). My old doctor frowned upon prescribing 20mg per night instead of 10, and so did the pharmacy and insurance company when my newer doctor was actually willing to do so. They questioned if I was "pharmacy shopping" and other things, and in order to get it through insurance, I had to have a prior authorization (PA, the pharm calls it), and they would only approve 1 per night. So, generally, I doubt that a double dose will do much for you except make your supply run out more quickly.
Yes, largely sleepless since getting generic Zolpidem tartrate ER 12.5, the generic for Ambien CR. It makes me feel nauseated, and dizzy but I can't fall asleep until about 4 hrs after I've taken it. Then I sleep about 4 hrs. It's getting pretty bad. The blue branded Ambien CR 12.5 worked well for a few years now. On a bad night, I'd get 5 or 6 hrs but sometimes slept 7 or 8 and that was wonderful. I don't like this generic AT ALL!
I started taking Ambien 10mg about 8 years ago. I took that until they came out with the CR. Then I started taking 12.5 mg of the Ambien CR everynight. I have stayed on this and had no problems with tolerance or anything like that. HOWEVER, a few months ago my pharmacist asked me if I wanted to try the generic. They finally have a generic for the CR, until a few months ago it was only available without the control release. I got the generic, and it was just as effective.
Last month I filled my script at a different pharmacy, and they use a different manufacturer for their generic. I know that it's supposed to work exactly the same. I use generics for ALL my medications, and have never had a problem. But this particular brand of generic didn't work at ALL. The first couple night I had convinced myself that I was just imagining it. But the entire month I just couldn't sleep.
This month I went back to my regular pharmacy, and still the generic, and it's back to working wonders. Maybe try a different pharmacy who uses a different manufacturer for their generic.
I have taken Ambien for 7 years (2-12.5mg pills dr prescribed it) I too switched (well insurance switched me) to the generic cr. It was AWFUL!! I use generics and I loved the fact that I could save some money. I could not sleep and the few hours I did sleep I had awful nightmares. Ask the Dr. to tell the pharmacy you NEED the real thing. That is what my dr did
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