I have been using Ambien for five years now and I have noticed I have to increase the dosage to get the same effect. Is there any way to get rid of this tolerance at all? I mean if you stop taking it for while, will be effective again at a lower dose?
My experience with addiction and medication tolerance is that with some medications, you can get most of the tolerance to go but you will never be the same as a drug naive user again. This is only my opinion; it is not supported by any science that I have read.
I back Stephen up 100% on this. I can use my own personal experience with Ambien. When I first started using it, I took it for approximately 9 months, then took a break of 10 years. During those first 9 months, I would take it and knock out immediately. Now, it does help me (eventually) fall asleep, but it takes between 20-30 minutes, and I don't notice its' effect as I did before. I have generally found this to be true with all medications I have started and stopped, to start again later. Medical literature or not, there is something in our bodies that never goes back (Stephen said it perfectly) to a drug naive state.
I agree with Stephen and Meggie.
I am on max dose now of Ambien and don't sleep.
Recently I was prescribed trazodone in addition and it works great!
Be careful if Remeron and Seroquel due to weight gain.
The trick with sleep meds is to not take them every day in the beginning.
If you do not sleep I'd advise having a sleep study done.
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