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   Posted 6/25/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I took ambien last night for the first time. Last thing I remember is laying in bed, it was about 10:45 and I was thinking man this is wild, I was having dreams while still awake. Don't know when I feel asleep. Woke up sometime before 4. I told my husband I had the craziest dreams, I dreamt that we were talking last night and he said we were. I don't remember a thing. Apparently I kept him up for awhile. Don't think I will take this again.
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   Posted 6/25/2010 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My son took an Ambien, went into the bathroom to brush his teeth and woke up the next morning on the floor with the toothbrush still in his mouth.  I guess they really mean business when they say not to take it until you are in bed!  He never took another one either.
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   Posted 6/25/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband talks in his sleep when he takes it and hallucinates sometimes, well, that is what I call it. He wont remember a thing, sometimes it is funny. lol...

It helps me get a restful sleep, but I don't talk in my sleep or sleep walk while on it. I just sleep. Maybe it isn't the right medication for some people.

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   Posted 6/25/2010 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
When I took it for the first time I hallucinated so bad that I'm afraid to take it. I thought there bats viciously attacking me and eating me alive. then I couldn't sleep no matter what. Never again will I take that stuff.
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   Posted 6/26/2010 12:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter also had a crazy reaction to ambien. I should have known that from her reaction that I might do something crazy too.
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   Posted 6/26/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I take it very rarely, when I think that I won't sleep, but really need to. It doesn't make me fall asleep, though. When I first started on it, I used to call up my son--the nightowl, and talk to him. Apparently I said lots of really crazy stuff. It got to the point he would answer his phone and go, "Did you take an Ambien? then go to sleep" At least I never graduated to the sleep-eating and sleep-driving that some people have. I think they call it Ambien Amnesia. Diane
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   Posted 6/27/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for this one. I just got a script for this from the dr for when my Nite Time Herbs don't work. It's rare but I thought
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   Posted 6/28/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I took this once and I kept getting up every few minutes, and started doing things. I started the washing machine to wash clothes, also started dragging my DIL out the door, telling her it was time to go to the hospital to have her baby. She wasn't pregnant! I did all kinds of things. Needless to say, I quit taking it.

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   Posted 6/30/2010 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on Ambien for 5 years. I did a lot of things I wouldn't normally do, like holding a conversation and not remembering anything about it. I also got up at night and binged on anything I could get my hands on. One night, and this is scary, I warmed up some cheese sauce to eat with chips, and if my daughter had not been in the living room when I left the kitchen, she wouldn't have smelled the sauce burning in the pan still sitting on the burner. I never used the stove after that, but I did continue binge eating. It is hard to explain, but it just makes the most sense to just get up and have a little something to eat. It's like this really GREAT idea comes into your head to just go eat something. I remember doing it, I just couldn't stop myself. One night shortly after I started taking Ambien, I ate a whole box of ice cream sandwiches (12). Hubby got up the next morning and asked me if we forgot to put them up when we got home from the grocery store. He thought they had melted. "No," I told him, "I ate them." I took three at a time and ate them and then went back and got three more.

I finally got so sick of binge eating, and after five years it wasn't working anymore, that I finally took myself off the Ambien, and I'm doing okay. I take Xanax about an hour or two before I go to sleep which helps with the anxiety over whether or not I'm going to get to sleep. Then when I go to bed, I take trazodone and Soma. It has been working pretty good. I didn't have any bad withdrawal symptoms from going off the Ambien, either.
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