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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/15/2008 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking 60mg of prednisone and could not sleep at all. My doctor prescribed ambien. I had just come home from a flare up that required hospitaliztion. I was sicker than sick and everything hurt. I could only lay in bed and it was an effort just to lift my arms up off the bed. I could sleep at night with the ambien, but as soon as I woke up in the morning I felt worse. I soon started to take an ambien as soon as I woke up to knock myself back out. I figured I would rather be unconcious than in pain. It wasnt long when I needed to take more than one to fall asleep. I went through a 30 day prescription in only 9 days. During this time, I totally blacked out. I wrote letters to people and made long distance phone calls that I do not remember. Thankfully I did not mail these letters because when I found them and read them they were nothing but nonsense. I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and was in a drug induced haze. I tried to not disturb anyone else, so I shut the bathroom door before I turned on the light. Pitch black. I stumbled and lost my bearings. I had to lay on the floor and feel around for a wall or the toilet. We had a very big bathroom. It took me a couple minutes to get the light on. Fortunately for me, my wife realized I had a problem. I was so sick at the time and taking so many meds, she couldnt keep track of what I was taking. At my next appt. she was with me and told the doctor that I was abusing my meds. He would not refill any narcotics and for pain he prescribed only non-narcotics. I was upset at first but looking back am glad my wife intervened in something that could have gotten very bad. It is scary to see how easy it is to get hooked on medicines that are supposed to be used to help. During my hospital stay, my mouth would literally water when I would hear the nurses cart rolling down the hallway because I knew it was time for my demerol shot. I exercise more common sense now. I know with UC we are given many harsh drugs and we each try in our own way to cope. Please keep my experience in mind if you are thinking about sleeping pills.
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 1/15/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Point well taken.......thank you for sharing! That sure is some scary stuff - Ambien I mean. I was on it for about a year (I didn't abuse it though) and I was doing some crazy stuff while on it too which scared me enough to stop taking it.
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   Posted 1/15/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Yikes! So very glad that your wife was there for you (((hugs))) for you and her!

I hope you are feeling better now.
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/15/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
For me, Ambien is a godsend. I use it sparingly...but when I need it, I'm sure glad to have it. It is the only thing that seems to work for me. I've tried all the Tylenol PM type OTC drugs and herbal relief at all. I can take my 10mg Ambien and get a good 6-7 hours of rest. (For me, that's a good night's sleep.) I've never taken it more than 2 or 3 nights in a row...I don't want to waste them! My doctor will only give me 20 at a time. I wake up and feel so much better. For me, as I'm sure for all, there's nothing worse than sleep deprivation. I've read about some of the bad side effects that have been mentioned here and feel very lucky not to have experienced them.
Ulcerative Pancolitis diagnosed in 2000
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