... my other friends who do take Ambien. I wake up several times throughout the night. I've only started taking it a couple nights ago, but want to know if it takes awhile for your body to adjust to it for it to work
How long does it take Ambien to work? I don't "knock" out when I take it, like what happens to all?
Question posted by DRaffaeli on 8 Sep 2011
Last updated on 9 February 2020
It is suggested to take an hour before bed time. I take high doses and I start to feel some mild effects about twenty minutes. There are supposed to be hallucinating effects five min to an hour after the first mild effects start. I have never been able to stay awake for that part. I took 40mg about thirty minutes ago. As of right now, i am noticing slightly decreasing brain function making each sentence harder to type. Certain things appear wavy the keyboard letters are starting to blur and I know there isn't any but it appears as if I'm being surrounded by what I can only describe as thin wispy clouds if smoke.
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I recently began using Ambien for severe insomnia. Once I could finally fall asleep, I’d get a kit 2, maybe 3 with luck, without taking anything. And that was out of pure exhaustion, as well as moving my sleep place.
Ambien should be taken 1 hour before your intended bed time. I found I was not getting quality sleep and would wake up multiple times a night with Ambien alone, so I added 500mg of Valerian. I find this helps me get to sleep and stay asleep. I’ve been staying asleep through the night, less moody and agitated during the day, and much more functional.
To take 10 mg of Ambien and it seem to work very slow I spoke with my doctor and we decided to go with 12 1/2 it doesn’t work quickly but it does work perhaps this might be an option for you I hope it all works out
Zolpidem (ambien) does do nothing for me. I use 7.5mg of zopiclone I have 2 before going sleep then take the other if I wake up in the night
It starts to work in 20 to 40 minutes. It is our of your system in 4 hours.
it is known that the best medicine for sleepless nights is an indica dominant marijuana strain (kush). It is anxiety and insomnia treatment in one, and side effect free if ingested, not inhaled. Plus you'll have a lot more fun, and i personally feel more comfortable using organic medicine. Only if it's legal, medical, or decriminalized in your state of course. My friend has tried countless prescription medication for sleeping, and has negative sentiments toward ambien in particular, and only uses kush now.
I take Ambien and Seroquel and still have a hard time sleeping. I used to take Lunesta and then it stopped working for me. Switched to Ambien and switched back and forth a couple times... Ambien was the only one to keep me asleep for more than 4 hours so we stuck with that. Although I did like that Lunesta worked faster. Every once in a while it stops working and then all of a sudden it works again. Everyone is different. I wouldn't take anyone elses sleeping pills though. (not to sound like a mom or anything) I gave one of mine to my mom and it caused her to throw up in her sleep. Just be careful... :)
Absolutely not. Ambien and Ambien CR usually only work for most people an average of 10 days in a row because a tolerance is quickly built up. However, if it does not work for you the first night or first few nghts, then it definitely will not prove to be helpful for you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I have had many experiences with the drug and have friends who have had results like mine as well. Lunesta is just like ambien. I've tried probably every sleeping med and i can give you a few that I've found very effective... The most beneficial yet have been the combination of clonIDINE (not klonopin) and trazodone. I had to work up to very high doses of both though. most people find each individually effective also. another suggestion would be restoril. i know several people who have experienced good outcomes with it, although i personally didnt like it. Hope this info helps!
- Ambien uses and safety info
- Ambien information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
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