I've been taking ambien for years now the 10mg and it makes me somewhat sleepy so if I do actually fall asleep on it I wake up within 3 hours and can't fall back to sleep. So lately I've started doubling up on my dose. I don't know what else to do but it's beginning to frustrate me since I can't get a full night sleep.
Doubling up will do nothing but toxify you and jeopardize your relationship with your Dr. It's doing what it's designed to do, help you fall asleep. There's a ton of great info on non-med solutions to this, from what you eat and when, habit both during the day and 3-hours before bed to literally changing your room around. Based on your post a med alone that would keep you asleep would make being awake difficult, and probably wouldn't be prescribed as without making some other changes meds so strong are IV and administered during a hospital stay.
You need to consult with your doctor for something else that may help. It is typical of ambien to only work 4 hrs or less the longer you've been on it. Its only suppose to be used short term so you will need to do a slow taper when coming off so not to experience withdrawal. You might try valerian root and melatonia to help you until you get in to see your doctor. Good luck
Glad I'm not the only one like that out here.Can't say too much out here I'm sure FDA watches it but I can say after a few years you build a resistance to it and require a higher dose.Do the math, if you do 30 or 60 or 90 in 2 weeks you will run out and have none left. Just hypothetically speaking.Having none left is panic for me.And the pharmacy's are on the look out for things like that.The Government and pharmacy's love to watch people (squirm) get use to a medication then cut them off.With no regard to what our Doctors say. I'll take my mere 10 mg dose, doze off for an hour or 2 than wake up stair at the walls and wait till the next day. If they come up with something better let me know.
I have had the same problem before. The only thing that really ever helped me is taking some melatonin and valerian root, both of which u can get over the counter. My counselor recommended this to me when after taking ambien for years, had the same issue. So now I take that along with my ambien at night and so far it seems to be helping. Everyone's different though so what might work for me might not work for you. You could always check with your doctor as well and see what other options there are out there for you. Hope this helps u in some way and I sure hope u start getting a good nights sleep.
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