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Brenda,

Ambien is an addictive medication and has a high abuse potential. I work in a Mental Health Clinic, and medications like Ambien, Xanax, Klonopin, etc. are all addictive medications used for help with sleep and anxiety. Moast doctors only prescribe Ambien short term, usually because after a while people who are taking it can no longer sleep without it. Enter the addictive part. You do not have to crave something to be addicted to it. If, after a while, you cannot sleep without the Ambien, your body has become dependent on it to fall asleep. That dependency is addiction.

Now I've never had insomnia, but if I did, I don't know that I would particularly care if I were dependent on a medication to fall asleep. Kind of like I've accepted the need for my pain meds to manage my back pain.

In the end you need to discuss this with your doctor to decide if you want to take it long term, or if you want to try to ween off of it eventually.

Good luck! :)

Anne
Hi Hersheysmommy :wave:

Thank you so much for all the great information. I have found that I must be addicted to it, because I tried going to sleep without and I couldn't! I finally took it 1:30 this morning. I am finding however that it isn't lasting as long now, as I woke up 5:30 this morning. It could be that I am only taking a half of tablet.

You had mentioned weening myself off of them. How should I do this? What should I take to substitute it? Any info that you could provide, would be a great help. I don't like the idea of having to take something to sleep.

Also, you had mentioned that Ambien is simular to Xanax, and Klonopin. Does Ambien help with aniexty? I am a little confused, and would really like some information on this. If Ambien is also for anxiety, then this would explain why I have been so calm. My husband said that since I have been taking it, that I seem much calmer. I was thinking that the reason why I am calmer and have more patience, was because I was getting some sleep. Now I am confused, and my head is :round: Please clarify this for me if you don't mind.

I will discuss this with my doctor at my next appointment, which isn't until next week. Thank you so much for all the information.

Thanks,
[img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img] Brenda

[This message has been edited by Bcorica (edited 06-25-2003).]
Bcorica,

Ambien is generally just given for sleep, and Xanax adn Klonopin for anxiety. I just mentioned them all because they have a high rate of addiction. You are probably calmer due to the increased sleep.

As far as weening off, discuss that with your doctor. They will be able to best tell you how to gradually reduce.

On a side note, whoever mentioned the benedryl before, it actually does have a high abuse potential. Many people use it to sleep and become dependent on that as well. May not be physically addictive, but can be abused just the same.

Good luck talking to your doctor.

hersheysmommy :)