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Posted by Bruce on October 08, 2000 at 23:12:42:

In Reply to: Re: Ambien posted by Christina on October 08, 2000 at 21:37:46:

: : : : : 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)
Sorry ladies, but I have to point out a few side effects after taking Ambien It is a strong sedative that could be habit forming and if stopped suddenly you could suffer withdrawal symptoms. If taken with an antideppressant, the risk of hallucinations are increased. If you have depression, taking Ambien could make it worse and possibly suicidal. You may experience drowsiness after awakening and one study showed that mental skills are impaired when the peak level is reached. I also have difficulty sleeping at times and usually when I can't sleep it is because of an extra stressful day. Bruce

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