Ambien, who's on it, who's not

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 363
   Posted 8/17/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all, Just curious who's tried Ambien and how did it work for you?  I've been taking it for about a month and what a life saver!!!!I fall asleep a lot faster and wake up feeling alert like I never even took anything.  The only draw back I've found so far is that I sleep so soundly that I sleep on my hands which hurt more in the morning now.  I used to toss and turn and try to get comfortable for hours and then I would wake up constantly.  I'd wake up feeling like a zombie.  Just curious.


Diagnostic Limbo: Seeing Rheumy since November 07, Taking plaquenil, Cymbalta, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien, vitamin D, Darvocet.



Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 76
   Posted 8/17/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jennifer, I take Ambien only when I absolutely cannot sleep.  At first I did take it often (2-3 nights a week), but since I have been on Plaquenil for almost 3 years, I sleep quite well.

I just keep it on hand when I can't sleep.  My body has finally settled down.

It does make me feel very rested and I can even get up to go the bathroom and go right back to sleep.  It's good stuff.  AnnieRae   :-)

There Is Always Hope

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 482
   Posted 8/17/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Had to chime in. I take the Ambien CR - it is absolutely a life saver. I was on it 6 months ago and both my rheumy and my allergist noticed drastic improvement in my health.
Then, because they can, my health insurance decided that there were other, generic, sleep aids I could use and they refused to cover the Ambien CR. What they refused to acknowledge was that the Ambien was the only sleep aid available with "controlled release" (hence the "CR").
So, I had to try 3 or 4 other products and none of them worked. They all helped me get to sleep, but within 3-4 hours I would wake up from pain and that was it for the night. After about a week on each I was a total zombie and my heath deteriorated.
Finally, my doctor sent a very nasty letter to my insurance and they reinstated the Ambien CR. Thank goodness. I slept through the night for the first time in 6 months and I woke up feeling rested. It was wonderful!
I try not to take it every night, but I have accepted that it is necessary for me to get a lot of sleep to fight this stupid disease and if I need a pill to sleep, then I need a pill to sleep!
turn turn
Take care,

Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies.
Daily Meds: Plaquenil, Zyrtec. Prilosec, Nasacort, Prozac.
As Needed Meds: Epinephrine, Benadryl, Proventil, Xopenex, Tylenal, Prednisone.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 2818
   Posted 8/17/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Well I guess I'll be the odd one out. It doesn't work for me. rolleyes . I wish it did. I imagine it''s because I take xanax 3 times and day and pain meds 4 times a day. I guess if that doesn't knock me out nothing will. I suffer from insomnia 2 to 3 times a week. It runs in my family too. I'm glad it works for you thougth. Maybe you should tie your hands over your head when you go to sleep? LOL. I've woke up with my hands hurting from laying on them I can relate to the pain.



Possible scleroderma.  stage 4 COPD,  Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,plaquanil400mg,azythromyacin,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg,Xanax 1.0 x3,Singular,nitro spray, spirivia,aciphex,lasix,inderal,pot.chlor.,B12 
I will never leave you nor forsake you!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 1650
   Posted 8/18/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jennifer. I've been an Ambien addict for about 3 years now and I love the stuff.  I've stopped taking it periodically during that time, but I always go back to it. I take it every night and have no side effects. I need all the rest I can get. I'm hoping that I will rest more easily now that I've quit work, but until then I'm sure that I win the gold medal for Ambien use! Love, Butterflake

Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, gerd, sleep apnea, hypertension, IBS Tx: CellCept, plaquenil, prednisone, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, prozac, seroquel, celebrex, actonel
prn: arthritis tylenol, neurontin, promethazine, ambien.  multi vit, C, flaxseed oil, acupuncture

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 2608
   Posted 8/18/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Jennifer, When I went through my bad bout of insomnia caused by prednisone, I took Lunesta and absolutely couldn't live without it. I believe that my inability to sleep was making me as sick as the lupus was. As I slowly tapered off my prednisone and tried to drop other meds from the thousands I take every morning, I decided to try to live without lunesta and started tapering off of it. I am sleeping on my own now but Lunesta was certainly a lifesaver when I needed it.
Lupus, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.
cellcept, neurontin, prednisone, plaquenil, synthroid, triamterene, tramadol, actonel, tri-est, imitrex, cymbalta, tricor, acifex, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin

New Member

Date Joined Oct 2010
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 10/14/2010 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I took my first Ambien last night. I laid in bed for almost an hour before I took it, then after taking the Ambien I would say I fell asleep within 15 minutes. I did wake up twice during the night but went right back to sleep and woke up at 6:15 this morning with a clear head and refreshed. At this point, I think Ambien rocks. I have always had trouble shutting down my mind and falling asleep. I have tried numerous prescriptions and over the counter medications with unsatisfactory results.

Post Edited (jarichon) : 9/14/2011 5:17:42 AM (GMT-6)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 2818
   Posted 10/14/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jirichon, you might want to start you own thread so people don't mess seeing you and welcoming you to the group. Also I had insomnia really bad for 5 days and urgent care put me on ambian. It worked one night that was it. Then I got to thinking that after 5 night just about anything should work. I hope you have better success and the insomnia is broken. usually once you have broken the cycle it stays broken at least for awhile.
carol smurf

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 10/15/2010 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried Ambien about 2 years ago and it was terrifying. I tried it for 3 nights in a row. The first night I was hearing things, like a radio, all night, but I did get a little sleep. The next two nights I had full-blown hallucinations-stuffed animals on my bed were talking to me and people from TV shows were walking around my apartment and talking to me. I was having conversations with my pillow too. I haven't taken it since, but my Mom takes Ambien on a regular basis and loves it-it just affects everyone differently.

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 112
   Posted 10/16/2010 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I too have been on Ambien, I was on it for about 2 months and then didnt need it anymore due to the neuroton I started taking that made me sleepy enough, and with the Ambien I had mild hallucinations, nothing that bothered me enough to stop taking it at the time. Now I have not been sleeping At ALL and I have a new doctor and he didnt want me on it because I am having seizures and wanted me to see my Neuro first, but I broke down in his office told him I have only been getting 2 hours a sleep a night  if I am lucky so he gave me 12 just to get by untill my nuro appt, and tonight is one of those nights I am not taking it because I dont want to run out incase I really need one, so it will be another sleepless night, though I took one last night and it didnt work which is weird, I never had that happen. so lets just say I think it s a wonder drug and I hope my doctor gives me more than 12 next time, because this not sleeping sucks.
sweet dreams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:54 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,004,815 posts in 329,173 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161749 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, bullit398.
377 Guest(s), 19 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
DBwithUC, clocknut, mattamx, PeterDisAbelard., PDL17, oceanfisher58, Gemlin, suzy-q, Hoagie, browntrout, 142, BillyBob@388, Todd1963, 61Impala, Chutz, InTheShop, garyi, F8, Subdenis