I have taken the same type/dose every night for 4 years. While I do have memory/concentration issues, it is mostly related to bipolar issues or pain meds. I see a direct connection there, but not to the ambien. In fact, with the addition of increased overnight pain I was increased to an optional 15 mg of ambien a night.
Daytime memory is not usually an issue with this drug. The memory issue is within the 5-8 hours after you take ambien. Morning sleepiness is an issue with some people, but should not continue through the day.
The 1/2 life on this med is rather short and should be completly out of your system early in the day. It is not a drug that builds in your system.
Although, if you have trouble with absorption it might remain in your system longer just because it takes longer to get in your system.
I took ambien nightly for sleep disorder long before CP was an issue. I dont see my letting it go anytime in the future.
Add- let me qualify this with saying that this is my personal, unofficial, unstudied, opinion. Looking up the actual chemical process of the medication, then discussing it with your dr is the way I would go. You and your dr, working together, knowing your condition and history is the best way to solve anything.
On the other hand, the more you know about
the subject, the better you are at asking informed questions and joining the discussion.
Post Edited (_Christina) : 5/17/2011 6:27:10 AM (GMT-6)