Does anyone use Ambien CR or equiv

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   Posted 5/25/2008 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello H.W.
I was just woundering about sleep aids and what happens when you take them. I know I try to wait usually after my wife is asleep. She hates them. She says I keep waking up then going back to sleep while having a conversation with myself. I snore really loud.
  I feel bad, but I look forward to taking that ambien cr to have a half decent sleep and no foot pain cause that med is making me sleep.
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   Posted 5/25/2008 3:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Mike.

I tried Lunesta once when I was having a particularly sleepless month. It worked really great for the first few nights, then not so much. I do have an extremely high tolerance to most meds, though, and typically require much larger doses than average before they take effect, so I was glad it worked at all!


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   Posted 5/25/2008 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I used Ambien for a week about a year ago. My problem was initially falling asleep not staying asleep so my PCP opted for the regular Ambien.
It worked very well.
I imagine ambien CR would be very similiar?

I hope you find something taht works for you and you get some good rest.

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   Posted 5/25/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Ambien has been known to have some odd side effects - like the tallking your wife is mentioning. IF you're snoring, you also may want to get checked for sleep apnea. My guess is your wife is complaining because she's not getting good sleep either.

I'd talk with your doctor and see if there are other options - and be sure to mention the snoring.


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   Posted 5/25/2008 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never taken an actual sleeping medication - I have been taking Amitriptylene though (have no clue how wrong that's spelled).

I used to wake up constantly throughout the night - along with it taking 2-3 hours for me to fall asleep. Mostly due to pain, I would wake up at least 2-3 times an hour. My husband sleeps like a rock so it never bothered him - but for me it was horrible, sleeping never rested me.

The Amitrip helped sooo much with that. I fall asleep within 10 minutes of going to bed, and only wake up a few times during the night.

The real test is how much you feel rested when you wake up. I agree with the above that your wife might not be getting very good sleep either.
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   Posted 5/25/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you've already gotten great advice, Mike.

I've taken Ambien and it does work fine for me. I don't like a groggy feeling in the morning plus I have fibromyalgia and if I lay in one position for more than about 2 hours my pain level goes crazy and I get very stiff. So I keep it in the cupboard but don't use it.

One thing I finally did is talk to hubby about sleep problems. I just can't sleep in bed all night. He snores like a freight train and I hurt. So after talking it out I decided that I sleep where and when I can...and so does he. Unfortunately for me it means we both start out in bed, then after about 2 hours I move to the recliner in the living room and he keeps on sleeping in the bed. Sometimes I move sooner if the snoring is so loud I can't fall sleep. Maybe sitting down with your wife and ask if she's willing to try and find a solution so both of you can get the rest you need would help.

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   Posted 5/26/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
My hubby FINALLY faced facts and quit taking ambien after several months of insisting it gave him the only decent sleep he's had in years. Well, he may have thought he was sleeping, but he screamed, shouted and then started hitting and kicking all night long. I had to cling to the edge of the bed to stay out of the way - not always successfully. The behavior escalated to the point of him sleep walking through the house while shouting unintelligible curses at... someone. He never remembered a thing. The cause of hubby's insomnia is entirely due to anxiety, which he won't pursue having treated. He did finally tell the doctor what was happening with the ambien, and the doc could hardly believe it. That surprised me because I've heard plenty of stories about odd behavior and amnesia in people taking this medication. Now hubby takes a low dose of valium once in a while and there is no more "Fight Club" in our bed. Mike, I'm glad to hear you got off that stuff. Hopefully you'll find a better sleep aid. Maybe over-the-counter melatonin will help?
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