Does Ambien keep the nocturnal awakenings at bay?

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   Posted 12/9/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if any of you taking Ambien find that it keeps you from getting up at night to have D. This doesn't occur that frequently with me overall, maybe once a week or so, but I do take Ambien several nights a week and so wondered about it. Sleeping through the night at this stage in the game is heavenly...
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   Posted 12/9/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
No, ambien doesn't help me at all. I just end up stumbling to the toilet in a fog. However, I have found that taking 2 immodium before bed helps curb the middle of the night D trips to the toilet.

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   Posted 12/9/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
It has cut down on the number of times I wake up, but I still wake up if I need to use the toilet, but I'm able to go right back to sleeep afterwards. Some nights are still better than others, but overall, I'm sleeping much better. I don't use the CR, just the Ambien, because of short bowel.
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   Posted 12/9/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the regualr Ambien every night
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   Posted 12/9/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have ambien but rarely take it.  I was given the script back in August with 1 refill 20 pills in each bottle.  I still have 1 pill left without even refilling it.  I do have issues falling asleep but find my  bigger issue is staying asleep and I am one that luckily doesnt run to have D throughout the night I just wake up.  Those are my issues  waking up and being unable to fall back to sleep after.  Recently I have been having many accidents in bed though.  Many to me is 3 in this past week alone four if you count while awake too.  The other night I had 2 accidents I awoke and found that I had an accident.  I went down to the bathroom cleaned up changed underwear and pj pants.  I also placed an overnight maxi pad placed more towards the back of my underwear just in case.  I was laying in bed all of 30 minutes and it happened again.  What is odd though is that I had not fallen back to sleep when this occurred.  I had no urge to have a BM when it occurred not even passing gas occurred it just came out.  I dont remember it ever coming out without me pushing a little.  it wasnt one of those i think it is a fart kind of things...too bad the pad I put on didnt help 100% When I went to the bathroom and pulled down my underwear I guess some left on my skin rubbed the unprotected area of them....least it helped my clean up of the mess.
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   Posted 12/9/2007 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always had trouble with sleep. Usually takes over an hour or two to fall asleep and then I'll keep waking up. I've very rarely had problems with "d" at night. My problems usually occurs after lunch. I guess I'm lucky like that. My doctor prescribed Ambien last year when I was on Pred and really had problems with insomnia. I've been on it ever since. I worry that I'll have problems sleeping with out it so I'll stop taking it for a day or two. And sure enough I'm up half the night. Since I still work and have to get up at 5:00am I continue taking it.

I still have refills but I just took my last one last night and I'm going to see if I have trouble tonight. I hope not. I really hate having to take it but I sure love being able to fall asleep within ten minutes and sleeping through the night. I don't seem to have any troubles waking at night if I need to.
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   Posted 12/9/2007 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I was given Ambien while I was in the hospital back in August. I had a bad reaction to it, felt as though bugs were all over my hands. I can fall asleep pretty easily every night. I do wake up from time to time though. I did notice (like 3 or 4 weeks before my latest hospitalization) that I would wake up between 2-3am and would be unable to fall back to sleep.

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   Posted 12/10/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have a prescription for Ambien and find it useful for falling asleep and staying asleep, but I still have to get up once or twice every night to use the toilet and drink water.

The big problem is that it's easy to become dependent on Ambien or any other sleeping medication. Probably the best solution to that is to trade off periodically between different sleeping medications. I sometimes use the non-prescription doxylamine-succinate tablets, which is just an antihistamine. You shouldn't take that every night either - it can cause an increase in eye pressure (glaucoma) and one does quickly build tolerance to it.
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