If you're to take Ambien "as needed" I assume you've already attempted to fall asleep w/o it. If that's true, you may have eaten just before or even drank alcohol, as insomniacs sometimes do. What are the ramifications for this?
As far as the food before Ambien, it slows the absorption of the med so it takes longer to work. The following link explains the interaction with alcohol:
So many people do not read the instructions that come with the Ambien prescription. First of all, develop a set bedtime and stick to it. Do not eat for three hours before taking Ambien. This means NOTHING to eat for three hours before bedtime. Then take the full dose prescribed to you with a small glass of water, and go to bed. No TV, no computers, no phone. Turn off the lights and wait for it to work. Do it for at least three nights in a row. If it isn't working for you by the third day, call your doctor and see if there's something else you could try. Ambien always worked like a dream for me, as long as I took it the way it's supposed to be taken. This doesn't always mean you're going to get a solid 8 hours of sleep. Sometimes our body doesn't need 8 hours. Try it the right way and then let us know how it goes.
- Ambien Information for Consumers
- Ambien Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ambien (detailed)
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