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Ambien CR for Insomnia User Reviews

Ambien CR has an average rating of 6.7 out of 10 from a total of 94 reviews for the treatment of Insomnia. 56% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 24% reported a negative experience.

Ambien CR rating summary

6.7/10 average rating

94 ratings from 104 user reviews.

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Reviews for Ambien CR

  • Freddy...
  • May 17, 2021

"Can anyone provide insights on effectiveness of various manufacturers of zolpidem CR 12.5? I’m 56, male, long-term insomniac. Tried every single prescription, OTC, herbal known. I exercise, eat well, meditate, practice good sleep hygiene. Been responsibly taking Ambien CR 12.5mg for 20 years. It works. I don’t care about dependence, just like I wouldn’t care if “dependent” on a medication for high blood pressure The problem? 1) The cost is sky high for brand name and insurance company won’t cover it. 2) Generics are notoriously weak or completely ineffective for this medication in particular. Pharmacist says generics work the same, which is utter rubbish. They are without a doubt NOT the same. Qualitest worked fine for years but got bought by huge generic pharma makers which was end of that. My Q: Are there any generic makers of zolpidem CR 12.5 (or if actually works, could settle for zolpidem 10mg) that you’d recommend? If so, which manufacturer? Thank you."

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  • Marc...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • August 5, 2020

"Been on Ambien Cr generic for about a year. FINALLY getting good sleep. Falling and staying asleep. It’s not perfect every night but most nights it’s pretty good. No issues at all with it. Beware of Sandoz generic! Horrible and barely works. Thankfully was able to fill next months early with Winthrop"

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  • Cz94
  • September 22, 2017

"I've been on ambien CR for over 10 years, then all of a sudden the doctors want to change things up, tried 5 mg, didn't work, now on 6.25 and kind of working but only get 30 days worth and they keep telling me I have to get off it....why??? Don't screw with what works, now my anxiety is worse never knowing if I can get my meds to sleep...."

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  • Don...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • June 17, 2013

"I was in my late 60's when I realized that I was having sleep issues. Tylenol PM no longer had any effect. I tried ALL the OTC sleep remedies for another 3 years, with no meaningful success. Two to four hours of sleep was getting old and aging me in the process. I finally got my G.P. to give me a prescription for Ambien and my world changed overnight. It was great, finally am getting 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 hours of continual, restful sleep, as long as I take an Ambien or Ambien CR. Have read tonnes of medical reports and am convinced this is a blessing. Sure, there are some weird side effects for some people, but these are a tiny minority."

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  • dpvwia
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • June 6, 2015

"I've had chronic insomnia (clinical diagnosis, sleep studies, neurologists, etc.) for over 25 years, starting in high school and gradually getting worse over the decades. No drugs aside from powerful depressants (barbits, benzos, tranquilizers, etc.) had helped me at all. Ambien CR has been a miracle medication for me. My insomnia is so constant and severe (I literally won't sleep a single minute some nights) that my Dr lets me take it every night. Many people talk about the possible side-effects of long-term usage, but that ignores the very definite effects of chronic insomnia. I have no next-day side-effects, but I will have rebound insomnia if I stop. Taking with a glass of water helps for me; so does good sleep hygiene rules."

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  • Night...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 10, 2019

"I am a hard working healthcare nightshift worker, mother with 2 young kids. I have had to flip flop between days and nights for 8 years now to work and take care of kids. I have taken traditional ambien 10mg for a long time. I need something that works fast but wears off fast because my time window to sleep is not that long. Well, I tried ambien CR last night and will not be trying again. I thought it worked the same, just help me stay asleep maybe a little longer, nope! It hits you little by little just enough to make you a tad loopy but not enough to totally knock you out and that effect lasts longer. It is dangerous because I had to even mix my regular one to even be able to fall asleep. I know my limits with the regular ambien. Be very careful with ambien cr."

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  • RIC
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • March 13, 2020

"I developed insomnia in my early thirties due to...well, sudden traumatic and stressful events and having to deal with the aftermath caused seemingly never ending sleepless nights. I’ve always been one to sleep too much so I didn’t really know how to deal with insomnia. When my doctor prescribed Ambien CR I was really wary because of all the horror stories I’ve heard. But it’s been wonderful and I’ve taken it for 4 years. Now, just to clarify, this review is for Ambien CR NOT straight Ambien. Regular Ambien gave me terrible hangovers the next day and a few times I did things I didn’t remember the next day. The CR never gave me any troubles, 6 hours and it was out of my system."

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  • Selena...
  • August 7, 2016

"Terrible gettin to sleep and stayin sleep. 1st tried Melatonin, Did nothing. Was prescribed Ambien, helped me get to sleep but didn't help me stay asleep thru night. Was switch to AmbienCR12.5mg, Did exactly what I needed, helped me fall sleep and stay sleep, felt much better on those days that I needed it. Couple years ago dr told me they changed rules for Ambien for women cause all these people had weird reactions. Me- no issues with full 12.5mg. Highly upsets me, I was doing great on the reg dose. Was prescribed lower dose next refill, only lasted 3-4hrs sleep, def not good :( They should start a person off on the low dose, wean u up on individual basis, for proper treatment! As no 2 pts r alike, & each needs diff doses to work for them"

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  • finally...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 24, 2013

"Over 18 months, I had been taking non-extended release Ambien, starting out with five milligrams but quickly being switched up to ten. Eventually, as stress and other factors were preying more heavily on my tired brain, the ten began not to work, so I was nibbling away at up to half of another 10 milligram tablet after not falling asleep, or not staying asleep. Needless to say, that was not a good idea. Finally, last week, I saw my doctor about it, and now I'm on Ambien CR and I'm managing to fall asleep and stay asleep--and knocking on wood."

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  • Jessi...
  • April 4, 2015

"This is the only thing that I have tried that helps me sleep a full 8 hours. I love this medication. I have had no sleep walking and I have not done anything that I can't remember. The only side effects I have had are just feeling a little tired during the day and increased appetite. I would definitely recommend this medication to people with insomnia."

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  • Sleep...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 27, 2019

"I have been suffering from insomnia for 3 years! Tried benzos, anti-depressants, melatonin, GABA, L-Tyrosine, and a bunch of other natural sleep aids. Due to the side effects I had from the benzos, I was very afraid to take Ambien. However, it has been a life-saver! And after reading a lot of the reviews I see if you actually suffer from insomnia and don't abuse it - IT WORKS! This has been a life-saver. I forgot how wonderful sleep is and I am no longer angry and constantly eating!"

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  • Ozmike
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • May 29, 2016

"I have been a long-haul flight attendant for over 35 years and have used this drug since it's release. I find it EXTREMELY effective, with no side effects for me whatsoever. I will say that, like a lot of sleep aids and sleeping tablets, its' continued use does cause a psychological dependancy and the effectiveness of the drug becomes less and less. Therefore I would recommend not using the drug every night and alternating it with other sleep therapies."

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  • Going...
  • March 24, 2013

"Been taking this for years. The only thing that has worked for me. I can stay up all night without it. I have learned you have to go to bed hungry, that way it has nothing to compete with in your stomach. No side affects the next morning. Get about 4 to 5 hrs now which is good for me. Now if my insurance would pay for this! Just got new insurance this year and they consider this a tier 4 medication. Don't know which is worse. Going broke or not getting any sleep."

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  • davephx
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • September 11, 2023

"I have been on zolpidem ER 12.5 mg for well over 10 years. It is my miracle drug. Am age 76 with no major medical issues. It usually doesn't even make me feel tired or have less concentration. I wait 1 hr and force myself to bed. About as soon as horizontalish I seem to go immediately to sleep. I say "ish" since once was at about a 45-degree slumping pitch on the couch and fell asleep while on the phone with a friend. I have BPH but only have 1 get up to pee at night. I go right back to sleep even though I am beyond the 2.5 hr half-life. When I first started using it, I had slight amnesia on what I did just before going to bed. But that has not occurred for many years. Once while my regular Doc was away had another who "doesn't do for long-term use" I did extensive research and have peer-reviewed medical studies in NIH etc. for 3 and 5-year use showing no negative effects. One study said it improved sleep after longer-term use."

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  • Huskey
  • April 17, 2011

"I have been taken Ambien CR now for over 10 years, at first if I stayed up I would do things and not remember doing them. Then I made myself to go to bed right after taking one and it had put me right to sleep. Sleep to 7 to 8 hours per night. It is a good medicine but take it 10 mins before going to bed and then go right to bed don't stay up."

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  • Anonymous
  • June 11, 2012

"After using Lunesta for a couple of years the effect began diminishing. My doctor prescribed Ambien CR. It has worked perfectly for my chronic insomnia. I have experienced the memory loss. Several times I have sent emails and when I get replies I do not have any memories of what I wrote or of sending the email. But I did get very deep sleep, so I learned to stay off the computer after taking a pill."

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  • 36...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 15, 2013

"Took it for a week. Slept fine a couple of nights. Felt like a heavy, drugged sleep. Didn't do anything a couple of nights. Stopped taking it after I woke up finding myself standing up at the end of the bed swinging my arms around to get rid of imaginary parrots I heard in the bedroom."

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  • Howie...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • November 28, 2015

"I have Insomnia due the past 10 years and have been using Zolpidem (Ambien's generic) 10 mg. I find that it take me anywhere from 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours before I am ready to lie down. When I finally go to bed I will sleep anywhere from 8-10 hours and wake up refreshed."

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  • Chick...
  • March 21, 2016

"This medicine works very well for me. I take 7.5mg. of this. I am prescribed 1 or 2 at bedtime. Before, I was taking 5mg. of regular Ambien. I would fall asleep rather quickly, but I always wake up around 2 or 3 am for the bathroom. Then, I could never go back to sleep. When I went back to my doctor, she changed it to the extended release. Now when I get up during the night, I'm able to get back to sleep. I always allow myself enough time to sleep off the medication, even if it means taking it and going to bed early. I allow myself 10 hours. I feel rested when I get up and have coffee. The only side effect I've experienced is I sometimes wake myself up talking.** I would not take this med. with nerve pills or drink alcohol."

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  • a...
  • August 9, 2013

"Ambien CR is my most recent attempt to circumvent my chronic insomnia. After taking it I go directly to bed. It typically takes an hour or more to have any affect. I will get 2-3 hours of restful slumber before I wake. Going back to Klonopin & Lunesta."

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  • Anonymous
  • March 7, 2008

"I have been taking Ambien for several years, and recently started taking Ambien CR. It works very well, if taken on an empty stomach. However, I was having only mild sleep difficulty when my doctor prescribed it. I have tried other sleep medicines, Ambien is one of the strongest prescription insomnia drugs available. I highly recommend trying something with less side effects first, and only if absolutely necessary, try Ambien. Ambien is very difficult to discontinue after extended use."

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  • Dewey
  • December 12, 2017

"Took this drug for about 4 years, the 12.5 mg dosage. I had always been a chronic insomniac and had tried everything, including regular Ambien (not the CR), none of which worked reliably. When I first started CR it worked well for about a year, but then not only was it only effective about every 3rd day. It nearly killed me, literally. Some horrible side effects : chronic fatigue; splitting temporal lobe headaches (left side of head near temples); sporadic, frequent pain behind my left eye; rapid weight loss (45 ponds, was 210, ended up 165 at 6' tall); muscular pain all over, serious depression, nightmares, dry eye and blurriness; and the feeling I was dying quickly. I stopped cold turkey and in 3 days ALL my symptoms were gone!!"

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  • Adidas
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 8, 2018

"Over a period of time my doc prescribed me a whole list of medications to see what one worked the most. Right now I'm on ambien CR and just like most others I had tried, it worked the first few nights. Now when I take it I'm wide awake for 5 to 6 hours and then I'll end up sleeping all day the next day."

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  • OTCMe...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 27, 2018

"My doctor prescribed Zolpidem Tartate 10mg and I gave it a real honest shot for a little over a week. It did a good job a initially getting me to sleep, but after about an hour I would wake up and be in a state of half sleep/half wake the rest of the night (totally exhausted the next day). I remember one day I was in a meeting with my manager talking about filing emails (super simple discussion) and suddenly numbers and formulas were flying around my head like you see in those TV shows (Numbers, or the Librarians) where a person is solving complex formulas in their head. Except we were just talking about filing emails and I couldn't get rid of all these numbers & equations that were swimming in my vision! It was super distracting, and I feel like it was definitely a hallucination, but not neccessary a crazy one, just a bit out of place. I stopped taking it after that week. I occasionally switch between it and OTC if I need something, but I really don't find it helpful for restful sleep."

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  • Anonymous
  • October 3, 2011

"I have taken Ambien CR 12.5 mg for about 2 years off and on. This product works great for my insomnia, but as other users have stated, I have experienced episodes of sleep walking, making random phone calls, texting, cooking and having wild sex with my husband without any memory of it all. My suggestion is that you take the pill and go straight to bed to lessen the chances of sleep walking; However, you still run the risk of doing strange things anyway. Other than the sleepwalking, Ambien has given me the best sleep 7-8 hours of sleep of my life."

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