I have numerous problems (symptoms) and am going through testing to find out what is wrong with me. Because of all my symptoms I was not sleeping at all so my neurologists decided I needed to be on Ambien CR 12.5. I am currently taking one 12.5 mg. Ambien CR every night. I have been since Jan 2007 (5 months). I work in a high school library full time but have the summers off. I want to get off the Ambien now or in a week because I will have the summer off and can deal with the not sleeping because of it. I have an appt. with my neuro on June 14 but was wondering if I can start weaning myself off of them. I do have a written script for 10 mg. I know that I can not cut the 12.5 in half but I was thinking about getting the 10 mg filled and using 1/2 a tablet a night. How do I go about doing this? Will I have any side effects. I am so worried I am addicted. I am ready for the challenge and I do not have any addictions to anything. Please let me know how to best get off of these things. Thanks so much.
I seriously feel for you. I only used Ambien for 2 weeks and I feared that I was already getting addicted to them so a few days ago I quit them. I went two days without it. Didn't sleep a wink. So I took one and slept like a baby. Then went another two nights without it. Again, didn't sleep a wink. Last night I took one and slept like a baby. I think I'm going to just slowly ween myself off this drug using this pattern. Use natural herbs on the days I am not taking medication. I don't know any other way to do it other than quitting cold (but that do more harm than good, especially in your case). Good luck! I hope you can get off of it. Let us know how and what you are doing.
I took Ambien CR 12.5 mg for about 6 months. Before taking it I slept less than four hours a night for almost nine months. I stopped, cold turkey, with my doctor's permission, five days ago. I was *very* afraid I wouldn't sleep. I am sleeping like a baby. I only notice two things: I *do* still wake up around 3:00 every morning, but I am now able to go back to sleep (I wasn't before). Also, I feel really fatigued by about 6:00 pm. I don't know if that is because of stopping the pills. I remember my dreams a lot more without the pills.
At any rate, I am happy with my ability to sleep after discontinuing Ambien CR, and I do not feel adicted. So, there IS hope. Hang in there!
Yes there is hope. I quit taking Lunesta after taking it for about a month and a half. I just substituted 3mg of melatonin instead. It took 3 nights but I finally had great sleep last night! Good luck to you!
Thank you all for responding. I started by cutting my 10 mg. ambien in half last night. The doctor said do that for a couple of days and then start cutting that in half for a couple of days and then stop all together. Hope I can. At least I am off of work for the summer. So if I do not sleep at least I do not have to get up for work. I will let you all know how I am doing. Thanks so much.
Thank you all so much for responding. I started cutting my 10 mg. ambien in half two nights ago. I will do that for a couple of nights and then cut it in half again and then take nothing. I will let you all know how I do. At least I do not work in the summer so I do not have to worry tons about sleep. Thanks again.