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LasVegasLLasVegas Posts: 95
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Pain Medications
Anybody prescribed Ambien for sleep?

The Oxycodone (Percocet) I take for pain absolutely wires me and I can not sleep for day or two and then I crash hard for 12 hours and am still groggy. So I was prescribed Ambien to help with sleep.

The pharmacist recommended starting with a half tablet and see how that works prior to taking a whole pill.

Read some INTERESTING stories about this drug.

Anybody with input?


  • I am sure things could get interesting with Ambien! But the truth is, it's the most widely prescribed prescription sleep aid, so of course some people are going to go a little crazy with it.

    Just don't go anywhere after you take it, or do anything. Get in bed, take your pill, go to sleep.

    You will read the possible scary side effects right on the package insert. Personally, I've never had an issue sleepwalking or sleep driving ;)

    If your car looks like someone took it out for a spin while you thought you were sleeping, ask for a different med. :D

    Ambien is a sedative/hypnotic. Think "twilight sleep." Of course Ambien isn't nearly that strong, but what you may find is that whatever you do after you take it seems fuzzy the next morning or difficult to recall if it takes you a little while to get to sleep. I haven't ever done anything out of character, however.
  • Sleep walking was the most common story I read, with fun activities such as cooking, driving, streaking thru the neighborhood, etc, lol, funny but scary.

    I feel hesitant, but will try a half tablet and warn my girlfriend if I get out of bed to redirect me back to bed.
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  • Millions of people use Ambien. It doesn't have that effect on most of us :)

    Hopefully what you will find is that it puts you right to sleep. For me it was once my one guarantee of a good night's sleep.
  • Do you feel groggy in the morning after taking Ambien the night before? Alot of sleep aids are known for that and curious how it affects those who take it, the following morning
  • No, that is why I always loved it. I can't even take benadryl because it knocks me out, but Ambien just gave me a good night's sleep.

    But it just doesn't work so well anymore. Sigh.
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  • Ambien did make me sleep, but I can't take it as it gave me day long dull headaches. I have a very difficult time sleeping and find that 12mg of melatonin and 2 25mg of benedryl work...till about 3a.m. I also take tylenol pm. I wish I could take ambien....it's a great sleepaid.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,562
    Taken with some of my other medications it plays some nasty tricks on me.
    Whats worse, if I had that one glass of wine during dinner.

    I make sure I take ambien and get to bed. But there have been several times, I've gotten up in the middle of the night, turned the stove on, put all sorts of junk in (for example: Grapenuts, Shrimp, uncooked pasta and just cooked it, but went to bed with the stove on. Couple of hours later, the smoke alarm goes off, my wife jumps up to the mess in the kitchen.
    I had no idea what happened, didnt remember a thing.

    And that has happened 2 or 3 times..

    Hence, I have sworn of Ambien alltogether
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Dilauro, that is scary!!!

    Have not taken it yet and purchased Ambien over a week ago.

    Guess i'm leary of the possible consequences. Might try it this weekend when I do not have to work/concern of potentially oversleep the next morning.

    Also, I will have my girlfriend in the house aware that I took it.
  • If you got the 10mg Ambien, I would suggest starting with half of a dose. In many cases 5 mg is plenty for good rest. I have used it off and on for many years when sleep evades me for a number of reasons and I have never had any bad episodes from it. It does not always help me get a full night's rest if pain is present, but it definitely helps with falling asleep.
    Good luck!
  • I never cooked, but boy did I eat. I would wake up in the morning with candy wrappers next to the bed, open boxes in the kitchen.
    Ron mentioned the glass of wine....One night, after I took the Ambien, I was standing in the kitchen talking to my husband. I was eating nuts out of a can of mixed nuts.
    The next thing my husband knew, I had fallen over asleep, hit the table and chairs as I went down. He wrestled me into bed. When I woke up the next morning, I was sore all over. I did not remember a thing!
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