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Old 04-17-2007, 03:25 PM   #1
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Worried about Ambien use..

I was prescribed Ambien 10mg about 5 mos ago. It helps alot, but I have been reading about people becoming addicted to it. Should I talk to my doctor about stopping or switching to another type of med. Any advice? Thanks!

 
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:06 PM   #2
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Re: Worried about Ambien use..

I've been taking it for a few months, my friend has been taking it for years. I probably can't sleep w/o it now, but I get the regular 10 mg Ambien and try only to take a 1/2 of one. Every once in awhile I try to go without. My doctor doesn't seem concerned and I tell him I take 1/2 or 1 almost every night... I was taking Tylenol PM and Nyquil every night before the Ambien, I suppose that is bad too. I don't have the wierd side effects others have...eating and not remembering, etc. You might want to talk to your doctor and see what he/she says.

 
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:18 PM   #3
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Re: Worried about Ambien use..

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Thanks for your response! It is good to know that I'm not alone. I also have the older version of ambien. I could try using a little less to ease my worry about it I suppose. Thanks.

 
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Re: Worried about Ambien use..

i think it's a mental addiction, not physical, that's why these drug companies can advertise it as "non addictive"....cuz physically there are no withdrawal symptoms, etc.....but, it's addicting mentally in that u will think u need it every night, even if u dont...so if u try sleeping without it after a while your brain wont let u sleep cuz it will keep telling u u need the ambien...it's all a viscous cycle, i hate this crap...i havent had a natural night sleep in almost 2 years...i take xanax 0.5...i just wish i could be normal....anyone done a sleep clinic for insomnia? every time i ask my doctor about a sleep clinic he says that is mostly only for sleep apnea, which i dont have

 
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Re: Worried about Ambien use..

Insomnia is a side effect of various sleep disorders.. there are over 80 total documented sleep disorders. Take the Epworth's Sleepiness Scale test and any online sleep disorder quiz. If you have a sleep disorder these quizes will tell you.. you need to go and get a sleep consultation. Most GP's do not know what they are talking about when it comes to sleep disorders and sleep studies.. they can identify many things other than sleep apnea.

If you have insomnia.. go to a sleep specialist for treatment.. they are less likely to medicate the symptoms and more likely to treat and find the source of the problem.

Best of luck to you.

I was a non snoring, over weight female, insomniac.. I had SEVERE sleep apnea. I stopped breathing sixty times an hour when sleeping as a result I subcon.. avoid sleep because it was bad for me. On a CPAP, 45 pounds lighter and feeling better every day.. no medications ever necessary.

I used to try Niquil and the Tylenol PM.. thinking it was just me.. it was not there was a problem there. 2 out 100 have sleep apnea.. more have sleep disorders. Get a sleep study done for piece of mind.
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