I have chronic pain from RSD and was given Ambien about 10yrs ago as I couldn't sleep due to the pain. For me it just didn't help but my Aunt who is now in her 70's was given Ambien also for aiding in sleep with pain and she started to sleep walk even though she is on a walker. She would wake up on the floor as in her sleep she would forget to use her walker.
Look it up as you will find this as a listed side effect/warning. Try it first but at least be aware. Ask your pharmacist how it will react with your other medications also.
Best Wishes for better sleep
Hi poolman, I believe each of these meds are central nervous system depressants. If you have any pulmonary problems this might be a bit much for your system. Please call your pharmacist about this.
And Ambien can indeed cause odd behavior, one lady here on drugs.com went shopping and had no memory of it, she drove and purchased hundreds of dollars worth of stuff in the middle of the night! One other person here woke up with marshmallows stuck to her body and hair! Kind of funny, but a tad scary at the same time! Read the print-out on the Ambien, it warns of people doing strange things in their sleep.
Best o' luck to you
I still take Vicodin and Soma very carefully be careful adding Ambian, did so about a year ago that was a lethal cocktail, could'nt remember things the following day and even say I blacked out be careful it's a dangerous combo. I don't take Ambian anymore total loss of memory. Be aware of accidential overdose if you think there not working and take more. It scared me. Be careful of Valium and Vicodin thats just as bad if not worse maybe I took to much but people would ask me what's wrong with me I was acting very goofy if I was out I did'nt know where I was.
i use to take ambien. i sent pictures to other ppl from my phone and dont remember it... doesnt sound that bad, but the worst part of it was, i was in my "sexy clothes"... lots of goodys showing. i dont remember doing it. i would call people all night and have no clue about it the next day. i also had sex without remembering. its very scary to think that a med can do that to u when its just suppose to help you sleep. you can look your meds up on the interaction check located at the top of the page. it will let you know if there are any dangers of mixing these drugs. if you cant understand it (as i often dont) then you should def call your pharmacist and ask them.
One other problem is simply that it has the ability to become addicting, just like the vicodin and soma, so if it helps and you don't have the sleep walking problem, you probably shouldn't concern yourself with one more thing that is addicting, we have to take what is needed to be able to live as normal lives as possible as far as I am concerned. Unless you are wanting to stay away from something else that you may end up needing, it is one of the lighter sleep aids that is not otc, so hope you can find relief and not have any of the other problems. There are also herbal supplements if you have not yet tried any that may work and you would not need another rx. Best of luck
Sounds as though you're not taking your medication for your back as prescribed. Depending of course on the dosage and mg, you might be taking one to many because it makes you feel good, but at the same time they keep you up causing you a lot of sleep loss. Depending again on the dosage and mg of the ambien, please be careful this medication is very strong. I'm sleep before I know it!!! Actually all of these meds are strong. Are you trying to commit suicide?
I actually take Ambien if I go a long span without sleeping. I do notice that when falling asleep I get a little disoriented & usually don't remember much. I took it last night before bed, fell asleep & don't have a clue how I got into my bed. It effects people in many different ways.
Definitely check with pharmacist, but regardless be extremely careful because ambien and lortab(vicodin) are very addictive. I was ins a car acc. Several yrs ago and was prescribed lortab (another form of vicodin) and got very badly addicted and have been in treatment for 3 yrs now. So please be extremely careful with any controlled substance. I never thought it would happen to me but it can to anybody. Good lucck:-) follow pharmacist's instructions, but take your pain med during day and ambien at might would be my opinion.
The one thing I found true about ambian was when I was on it. I was on 12.5 mg and it did not help a bit. I called the pharmacist, and he said the worse pain your in no sleeping med is going to help put you to sleep he said pain over powers sleeping pills. so, I one night I was not in horrific pain, however I just could not sleep for the life of me, and it worked like a charm. although I was told it could do pretty funky things to different people like sleepwalking doing things you don't remember etc. I was afraid to take it so I made my husband to make sure If I fell asleep I did not do anything funky. He's a light sleeper. But when the pain is not on an upscale it seems to work well for me, but when I am in horrid pain nothing works.
have a pain free day
Hello there. There many different types, sizes and shapes of vicodin. The first thing I would do is check to make sure the pill your taking is what you think it is before you go mixing it with other medications. Below is a chart to better identify the hydrocodone/vicodin.
7.5/750 vicodin ES (Hydrocodone)
RCC GPE Maxidone CE
I hope this helps good luck.
I was also taking Vicodin for lower back pain for 4.5 yrs. I went off it due to stomach problems and slowed GI motility. I was then diagnosised with gastroparesis which I was told was from long term use of Vicodin. Any medication that slows GI motility should be taken with caution as gastroparesis is not reversable and back pain can be treated by other methods and meds. Insomnia can be treated with melotonin. Narcotics should be used as last resort... sparingly.. I learned the hard way :(
best wishes for good health
Vicodin 5mg or 10 mg??I take SOMA for my back and the only addiction potential is it braks down to Meprobamate which is Miltown an old school tranquilizer.Ive heard Ambien doing weird things such as slerep eating,sleep driving,sleep-walking etc.I never had any problems with it but my friend did and changed to RESTORIL(Temazepam) and you wont have any of the problems you see with Ambien or any of the other Z-drugs.Good Luck
Vicodin lead me into years of addiction that progressed to 200 mg of Fentanyl patches a day to 400-480 mg of oxy's a day, (if I couldn't get the fentanyl). It all started with vicodin. Yes, there is EXTREME danger!!! There are alternatives to these narcotics. Soma, Highly addictive, Ambien, (a benzo), highly addictive. Take it from someone who had everything and now is struggling to regain her life back even after nearly 9 months of sobriety. Addiction creeps up on you, it doesn't happen over night and it will not go away over night. Tell your doctor as soon as you can that you do not want any kind of narcotic for pain. These doctor's know what they are doing and how they could even prescribe vicodin (a gateway drug to oxy's fentanyl and anything else you canget your hands on as your tolerance grows). There are non-narcotic pain meds and other solutions to back pain.
I know someone who has had two back surgeries, 2 neck surgeries, and skin scancer removed twice, he is refuses to allow himself to become a statistic so, he deals with what little bit of pain he is in at times, he still does yard work, remodles his home, nothing holds him back. I have lost too many friends to these drugs. Either the OD'ed and never woke up or they nodded out while driving and killed themselves, Thank GOD no one else was envolved. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR, get off that sh** or find another doctor. I'm telling you this for your own good, I was the perfect Mother with the perfect career, the wonderful husband, the beautiful children, buying a home, a nice car and my kids had it all and vicodin, leading to stronger and bigger, more addictive drugs took it all away from me. (All tpos are due to keyboard), ha ha. Have a Happy Holiday Season, not a stressful one. And you may not have even entered the stage of stress yet but, believe me, you will, soon you will be buying your drugs off the streets, getting ripped off (possibly killed). Look up "I Am Your Disease" look for the picture of the woman with the writing all over her face called "Addicted". I was so bad in the drugs they said I didn't have another relapse in me, I have OD'ed 3 times on fentanyl. YOu thihnk that would have been a wake up call. I was so ate up with my addiction, I just wanted out of the hospital so I could go get high again because I knew they gave me that shot to counter act my high, even though I was taking my last breath! Now I am a full time "Criminal Justice" Student and I want to give back to our future. These drugs are so readily availbe to our children it's disgusting. The Doctor's are just as bad as the dealer's. If someone doesn't do something NOW, Our future is going to be 100 times worse than it is now. I want to reach out to these kids, show them what I had, what I went to (lost) and the HELL I went through to get clean. It is something I wantes so bad, I knew I didn't have another relapse in me and believe me when I say, Once you are addicted and you decide you want to get cleaned up. It has to be the most important thing in your life at that time. Something you want more than anything in this world.
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