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Posted by Christina on October 08, 2000 at 21:37:46:

In Reply to: Re: re: Ambien posted by Betty H. on October 08, 2000 at 00:31:14:

: : : : To everyone, It is now 3:30 in the morning and I can't sleep another side effect from Being a Parky. So I thought I would relay a little story. In the late 50's early 60's my grandmother who also had Parkinsons was put could you believe it, in a locked mental institution. They did not have the medicines they have today. The only med she was ever offered was Artaine. At that time the quote "Doctors" thought her mental facilities were impaired. Which I understand you can have senitlity with Parkinsons diease. But to be locked in a mental institution for it seems a little over the edge. I remember seeing her in a locked room when I was 15 years old. It made a lasting impression on me. So I am thankful that research has come so far,and with learning and sharing with one another we will fight the good fight.Well I have talked your ears off. I think I will try and go nite nite
: : : : Eileen
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: : : Eileen-
: : : I take 10 mg. of Ambien and I stay asleep with it for 7-8 hours. I feel great after a whole night's sleep. If I don't take it, I can only stay asleep 45 minutes and am awake several hours. I never seem to catch up, just get more sleep deprived. Or did you say that insurance doesn't cover Ambien?? Sorry if you've talked about this already!
: : : Carole
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: : Carole,
: : Yes I talked about Ambien before. I have been paying the cost of the medication out of my own pocket. I usually sleep very well with it, but last night was one of the rare nights it did not work. So I will take a nap today. Although I am not tired now. Last week I think I over did it. went to Boston and walked 3 miles. I don't think I have recovered from that! Well I will close
: : Always
: : Eileen

: Why does insurance cover other meds, but not Ambien?
: I think it's great,too and usually works well, but I have to fight my neurologist for a Rx. My insurance covers most of it, like all other meds.
: Betty H.

I also have taken Ambien, but for me it isn't too effective. Will sleep 2 hours at the most on it. Also, it has side effects of hallucinations and many people experience this. If anyone else has experience something other to help with insomnia, please let me know...Christie (I have PD)

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