Inexperienced with the effects, I took 10 mg zolpidem while watching TV, expecting to tire before sleep. I was already buzzing and failing to sleep due to chantix. I woke up the next day in my second home having driven 10 blocks. Oddly comfortable with my new surroundings, I accepted hallucinating music playing and viewing motion in stationary patterns. Slowly reality hit. I failed to piece together memories but did find I was short 3 more 10 mg pills. This is the part I'm hesitant to mention to my physician. I'm thoroughly scared of this medication and will now take only in bed ready for sleep. I just thought my doctor should know about what happened without noting I'm an abuse risk. In my sane mind, I would consider taking 4 prescription sleep pills in a night dangerous.
Dear Hinetabe, Please be careful, is'nt there someone at your home that can watch over you or at least lock up your Ambien? Try taking half a dose, that always worked for me. (I did'nt drive anywhwere but I did cook and eat with no memory) Try to control ythe situation before you tell your doc he mind take them away. You are not alone one time, and one time is enough I was under the influence of Ambien walking-coma like state and in 2 days I took all 30 pills and did not remeber the following day. So now mine are lock away. Good Luck-K
I read a little more into the pharmaceutical's effect (more info than provided with the prescription pamphlet) and found I am not experiencing anything out of the norm for a first time user. Thank you responder for reminding me to mentally go easy on my physician who sees around 30 patients a day. I'm setting an environment to reduce further amnesic abuse (I'll now leave the prescription, save for one tablet, at one said house when I'm sleeping at the other, when absolutely needed). Scary stuff. I don't remember any of these troubles when I was prescribed an sleep aid on the evening of a surgery. A benzodiazapine, only I forget what it was... cost $26 for two, generic.
Yes of course you must be quite startled about your experience with driving 10 blocks away from your previouse reality( the night before at home).
It has been my experience that when giving my doctor any information which sounds as though I had been at fault has ended up with my medication being taken away from me.
If yo have a spouse or a family member which lives with you then I would ask one of these associations for help. Ask the person to give you your medication in the evening and to only give you the perscribed amount.
What kind of music where you listening to that evening? You mentioned that the music was hallucinating music so what comes to mind is music like Rob Zombie or Alice Cooper. Or did you mean that you thought you were hearing this music when in actuality there had been no music playing at all? Thanx
This is extremely common with this medication. Adding Chantix or any other drug that affects your mental status makes this drug more of a problem than it is intrinsically. In college, my roommate was given this for sleep, and would take only the prescribed amount, but would awake 8 hours later, finding his wallet, keys and receipts on the kitchen table, along with candy wrappers. He would not remember leaving the house, driving the car 15 blocks, going into a convenience store, buying candy, driving home and eating it before returning to bed. He was also on an SSRI at the time, and blood pressure meds.We agreed that I would hide his keys. He then walked to a closer store. He gave me all his money with his keys the next night. At 3am, he woke me, looking and acting pretty normal, asking for the keys and money. I told him no. He got angry, but not violent. I asked if he remembered that the next day, and he acted clueless. I believe he truly didn't remember what he was doing.
I reasoned with him that day, telling him that he got angry, and asked if that could escalate. He didn't know, and I told him he might need to find another place to live if he wanted to take that med. He chose to stay without meds. After that, I would not recommend that anyone who could leave their homes and endanger themselves or others to take Ambien. True life speaks for itself!
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