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    Ambien

    I have a very hard time sleeping. Usually fall asleep around 4-5AM. I was prescribed Ambien for sleep and took 10mg around 1AM. I fall asleep well but only for 3 hours. This was typical so I started taking 20mg. This is the first time I have tried that dosage.
    Is this too much to take? Has anyone taken or anyone take Ambien? What dosages work best for you?

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    I do 20 mg once or twice/week. I'm a complete night owl too.

    There is an XL form which is long duration. Should knock you out for more than 5 hours.

    Good Luck

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    i used it in the hospital. was tuff trying to sleep with that stupid halo. when i left they gave me a scrip and used it at home for awhile. i got better results for taking 1 when i get up and one before bed of 1mg of ativan. i sleep about 3 or 4 hours mid day and 6 hours at night. lot cheaper of course , everybody is different to drugs.
    oh well

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    Ambien = a 3 hour alarm clock!

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    Nothing makes me drowsy or puts mee to sleep. If I'm lucky, I fall asleep in spite of pains, and the Ativan I take keeps me asleep for three or four hours.
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    Be careful.

    Sometimes paras, along with many quads, have difficulty breathing while sleeping. Ambien can hinder breathing further which can lead to a whole host of other problems. It happened to me.

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    Do you take the Ambien CR? It's extended release with a layer that is quick release and a layer that helps you stay asleep. I've had better success with that than the regular Ambien.
    Daniel

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    A word of caution about Ambien CR - it can cause sleep walking. I was taking 12.5 mg. each night, along with 12-14 mcg. of Tizanidine to give me a break from spaticity long enough to sleep a few hours, and the Ambien CR was working.

    But, I was also sleep walking on some nights, and also falling down during the night - sometimes when sleep walking, sometimes when not asleep. The doctors wanted me to stop taking it and I haven't walked in my sleep since. I've only fallen during the night once since stopping it, so I think the Ambien CR/sleep walking was defenitely the main problem.

    For some reason I never paid any attention to the commercials for Ambien CR and after stopping it I listened to one of them one day, and sure enough they do mention that possible side effect. I should have noticed that when I researched the drug when I first started it.

    Falling down really stinks when you're taller than two feet or so. Arrgghh!!



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    I was prescribed Ambien Cr after not sleeping for over two weeks. I slept rolled, and experienced what PnP did. But it worked for me years ago, I'd take one tablet and sleep for 8 or 9 hours. But not any longer....waking up with your furniture moved around and your remote is lost forever isn't the best feeling in the world
    Quote Originally Posted by PointNoPoint
    A word of caution about Ambien CR - it can cause sleep walking. I was taking 12.5 mg. each night, along with 12-14 mcg. of Tizanidine to give me a break from spaticity long enough to sleep a few hours, and the Ambien CR was working.

    But, I was also sleep walking on some nights, and also falling down during the night - sometimes when sleep walking, sometimes when not asleep. The doctors wanted me to stop taking it and I haven't walked in my sleep since. I've only fallen during the night once since stopping it, so I think the Ambien CR/sleep walking was defenitely the main problem.

    For some reason I never paid any attention to the commercials for Ambien CR and after stopping it I listened to one of them one day, and sure enough they do mention that possible side effect. I should have noticed that when I researched the drug when I first started it.

    Falling down really stinks when you're taller than two feet or so. Arrgghh!!



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    I took Ambien out of the hospital.. didn't work for me. I'd fall asleep, but awake 2-3 hrs later. I started taking Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1 mg. It works great. I don't take anything now regularly as I stay up really late to tire out, but if I need to go to sleep early I'll take one.





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