I took 3 Ambien and earlier today I took a total of 4 Lortab. I'm starting to worry. Note, I haven't popped all 3 at the same time, neither the 4 Lortab. Thanks in advance.
Is it safe to take 3 10mg Ambien??
Added 17 Aug 2012:
Further details... I am not an abuser. I take ambien to sleep at night because I have chronic anxiety and depression. The ambien hasn't worked in a while so I wanted to up it to 3 now. And I don't abuse lortab either, notice I said 4 not 14!!!!!
Hi username... It could well be that ambien isn't working for you any more as has already been suggested but taking 3 is really a lot. Especially, if you continue to do that nightly just to get sleep. Better to get new med. Have you ever tried Ativan??? It is one of the best sleep aids I have ever used and have been on it for a number of years without having to be tweaked like so many of them do. It comes in 1mg tabs and even they can be split. I like these because I, too, have a very busy, busy mind and I want to sleep when I go to bed instead of thinking about things I have no control over. I have a very active mind to say the least. But with the Ativan... I am calm before I go to bed and the affects of it have me waking in a really good mood and I get plenty of good sleep without tossing. Just a thought but do watch the ambien, okay? I had problems with that one and did some very strange things in the middle of the night because I had nighttime amnesia...
that is the clinical term for it. I was doing things after going to bed. The last time I used it, I awoke in the morning with a DunkinDonuts coffee cup and a muffin bag next to my bed. I have no recollection of leaving the house and neither did my husband. I was so sick about that because I don't know how I got to the DD shop??? Don't know what I was wearing??? Awful... can't take ambien at all. Believe me, you wouldn't even no you had been doing anything unless something like what happened to me, occurred for you.
Best of luck and more peaceful dreams to you.
username anonymous, I wanted to welcome you to the site. I would have done so sooner, but have been dealing with a few issues myself over the weekend. Not all members are like your first encounter, & I hope you will take it with a grain of salt. We are & can be helpful & supportive in dealing with your problem. You got a couple of good answer from two well established members, Mary 'Headstarter' & 'Pledge'. Hopefully you will come back & let us know how your doctor visit goes, & what he reccomends to help you with your sleep problem. 3mg of xanax helps me, but it's not for everyone. This site is not for judgment of anyone, & we hope you do come back. Unfortunately, we are losing members because of the type of encounter you had, & that is a shame as we try to support & help anyone we can, not be the judge, jury, & jailer. It was quite obvious to me that you have medical issues, & were taking your meds.
Whether you use the word pop a pill, or put a pill in my mouth is of no consequence to most. It's just your manner of speech. I say the same thing! I surely don't believe I am a drug abuser of any sort. If popping a pill makes one an abuser, then we all better look at ourselves long & hard! I pop M & M's too, but actually I could be addicted to them if you want to look at it that way. Anyway, welcome to the site, & I hope you do come back. Your anwer could help others too that have the same problems. We need good people on this site...
Hi username - I just wanted to add here because of my (and others) experiences with ambien that possibly taking more of them could lend itself to you doing things that you don't remember. Like me, for instance, and my friend down there with her "chips" or the aunt chopping onions during her nighttime amnesia thing. I would very much like to know after you see your psychiatrist next what is prescribed for you in its place, if it isn't Ativan, which I recommended for its sleep qualities without the hungover feelings in the morning. We all learn from each other so what you find out works for you could very well help another who is struggling with the same issue.
I thank you again for posing this question PLUS making it conversational so that we could interact like we are now. Posting as "direct" only allows for ONE response per poster. I do hope you find something that works much better but doesn't have the scarier side effects of ambien. Even congressmen have blamed ambien for their nighttime driving to offices at 2a.m. and other road crashes without remembering leaving the house. That is just scary. I hope you have much better results and much sounder sleep with the next med you are prescribed. I can't get over me leaving the house in the middle of the night and going to Dunkin Donuts for coffee and a muffin. I am more embarrassed at what the heck I was wearing when I left the house but even more lucky that I didn't crash and hurt me or someone else! But then again, I am not sure I drove either... I could have walked down there in the middle of the night in my "unawares" and back. Yikes!!! Then I am lucky I didn't get kidnapped, raped or worse... ordered a cuppa coffee black... when I only take it with 2 splenda and half and half! Oh the embarrassment of it all... Golly, those places have video, too... I have never, ever been back to that Dunkin Donuts because I was so embarrassed about what I looked like when I got there... I don't even know how I paid for it and don't want to think about all of those possibilities... I don't know if I had a pocket book or even a pocket for that matter...
HHHMMMM!!! it seems that every single comment that I have made to this question has suddenly disappeared!! hahaha!!! Could it be that I speak the truth and someone doesn't want to admit that they have a problem??? let's see if this comment suddenly disappears!! Wow!! and I though that I was stubborn when I was using!
Dear Username anonymous, I hope that you are still here, and watching your question. First I want to apologize for the way the first responder has treated you. We are not like that. We are all here to help each other, not to judge, but to support. So back to your question.
I hope that you have spoken to your doctor by this time, and have a plan that helps you sleep. Obviously, you have a pain problem, and I wonder if that is keeping you from sleeping, or is it more than just pain? If it is pain, perhaps your medication is not covering you overnight, and that is why you do not sleep. I know that I wake up many, many times at night because of pain. In that regard, muscle relaxers, a benzo, and 10mg of melatonin help me sleep.
If your sleep problem is NOT a pain problem, then maybe you have to deal with this in a different way. Is it anxiety? Do you see a psychologist or psychiatrist? There are ways to dealing with anxiety, and pain, also, without medication, such as meditation, relaxation exercises, biofeedback, etc.
I truly wish you the best, and I hope that you won't be "turned off" and not ask any other questions because of your unfortunate responder. There are MANY people on this site in your shoes, and many WISE people who have great answers for you here. You are not alone.
Each drug affects every body differently. For myself, for example, lortabs calm me down (and sometimes serve as a sleep aid by their use alone); but for my husband, on the other hand, lortab tends to hype him up. I'm sure I'm telling you something that you already know, and we should all attempt to follow our doctors' instructions as closely as possible, but each body is different - and with prolonged (not regular, necessarily) usage you should be able to gauge how each drug affects you and what quantity helps you to achieve the desired result. And of course you will want to discuss all issues such as these with your prescribing physician - although I understand that it's pretty difficult to get the answers you need at 11:30 at night :)
Please don't take this as passing judgement because I'm not. Just wanted to tell you that loratab can be an upper, my mother who is a user takes multiple tabs so that it will hyp her up. Ambien will stop working after a very short time and at that point you will need to switch. I have taken ambien since I have narcolepsy and can sleep in the daytime but not at night. Odd I know but anyway it stopped working for awhile so I just stop taking it. After about a month I needed it again and could take a half of one and it worked for me. Again just letting you know the loratab could be working against all the other meds your trying to use for sleep
I have not read all the responses. I too take more Ambien than before - sometimes 2 10 mg pills, sometimes even more. I don't like doing so and I know it is a very dangerous game/dance with the devil. But, I have been a very bad sleeper for most of my adult life and absolutely nothing - from Zen to Yoga, to running miles to sweat lodges, to talk therapy to body-work has helped. They had other beneficial aspects to be sure but paled in comparison to the effectiveness of Ambiem.
Ambien allows me to have a life where I can go to bed at a predictable time and get in tune with the rest of the world. I actually have restorative and what I believe to be very deep nights sleep as a result of Ambien. I don't believe I have ever slept as deeply or as comfortably before. While I wake up a bit groggy and while it takes a good few hours for all the Ambien to leave my system I feel that I have gotten a full tank's worth of sleep the night before.I rarely your yawn or feel fatigued or feel my energy flag during the day. In fact, arguably I had the most productive last year of my life which I owe in large measure to the beneficial aspects of Ambien.
My concern is that with increased usage/dosage the side effects have also increased and my amnesic eating and walking around -and at times driving behind the wheel of a car-Him have also increased. I am very concerned. A doctor friend of mine who does expert witness work (I myself am a trial lawyer) told me about to horrible cases he has been retained on involving Ambien. Both resulted in criminal arrests and are being prosecuted as serious offenses. One involved a police chase with cars going approximately 10 to 15 mi./hr. It would be funny if this wasn't so tragic and real. I don't have advice to offer to anyone except to acknowledge how incredibly effective and seductive this drug can be. I pray for all of us.
I am very curious if anyone has had any luck with mixing Ambien with some other medication such that the net effect was that they were able to take less Ambien and need less Ambien in order to fall asleep?
My own experience with Ambien and alcohol is that while the alcohol seems to 'help' in the sense that it takes a bit of the edge off and gets the Ambien to work faster it seems to put my sense of judgment further and further out of my reach and control. A very dangerous double-edged sword.
Any advice and/or constructive comments are most welcome.
Never take a medication without following the instructions.
I have a presciption for Ambien and might take it once in three years - because I only use it in extreme and crippling insomnia. I take the dangers of Ambien very seriously and do not want to be dependant on any drug.
I suffer constant insomnia. I have found that taking fish oil is very beneficial. I also suggest experimenting with meditation to calm a restless or troubled mind.
The worst problem in insomnia is anxiety. Insomnia without anxiety is not so difficult to live with and it is not as tiring. Try to train your mind out of the anxiety.
My recent solution to insomnia and it works wonderfully for me is to sleep with an ipad turned at the lowest light setting and low volume. i watch a 22 minute sitcom in series on netflix until i fall back asleep. it keeps my mind off my own problems. oddly Frasier and King of the Hill really help me fall asleep. The plots are simple enough to amuse me without alerting my attention to stay awake. When i wake up frequently at night I actually enjoy the excuse for the distraction. It won't work for everyone, but I know my sister does the same thing to fall asleep. If you listen to a familer series or movie that you know well, it can help some people drift off to sleep. If you share a bed with another person you might have to use headphones. When I travel, I watch the Big Lebowski and it helps me sleep every time and never ceases to amuse me.
I searched this question because a friend of mine took 30mg of Ambien with alcohol last night in desparation and I am really worried about her. She seems to be ok today but not everyone will be so lucky.
Hello to all the non sleepers. I am 32 year old female, married, mother of 9, and my husband is a disabled combat soldier amputee. So, I have a lot of stress and anxiety, along with seizures. I'm a big bowl of roses.
Anyway, I don't sleep. If I don't sleep, my anxiety gets worse which triggers my seizures. I am currently taking, 2 mgs of Ativan(as a seizure savior if I can catch them in time) 100 mgs of benadryl, 1 mg klopin 4 x's day (for an anti convulsive and anxiety), and keppra (for seizures). I also take up to 30 to 40 mgs of ambien to help get me to sleep and if I wake, I take a bit more. I use to take xanax, but I would do some crazy stuff on that.
I am the classic case of sever insomnia. My behavior health doctor is lost as to how to help me. I get passed from one doctor to another.
I also have a sexual abuse back childhood. I can't get past, but working on it. Right now I'm under so much stress. My 9 children are in Missouri and my husband and I are in San Antonio getting his amputated leg worked on. Also they just found a condition called abdominal vascular malformation that I have to make time for, for the surgery.
I will admit, I take way to much, but until my seizures are under control and my anxiety, sleep is my only outlet. By the way I have been on ambien for 10 years now. I want to start finding other outs. So, once my doctor can get my seizures under control, I might get my sleep back.
Best of luck to you all, and I hope everyone can sleep soon. I know what your dealing with. It sucks.
Balbanese has absolutely no interest in being a health professional haha. The audacity to jump down someone's throat that they know nothing about is already a negative influence.
Health professionals listen, absorb, and find the most productive (yes, productive)
Manner to explain themselves or the situation.
I'll give you an example:
Hey, I think I took 100 mg of Zoloft and I usually only take 50, what should I do?
You're going to feel terrible. You have a problem with pills and need to talk to your doctor about taking pills Willy Billy, as Sertriline can make your anxiety (extremely vague) go insane! Bad! Don't ask for help! I'll shame you instead of help you!
Zoloft is a very heavy anti depressant. Sertriline in higher dosages than taken can increase anxiety, slumps of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. I recommend calling a close friend or family member to be with you for the next 24 - 48 hours. You WILL be ok, and can contact us here, but I highly suggest having someone around to kind of 'even' yourself out and have someone to speak with, just in case th medication does make you emotional or upset (which would be normal!).
Stay healthy and let us know.
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