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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by castpolymer, Feb 24, 2010.
Sounds like time to take her off of it. Definitely call her doctor.
There are lots of stories about Ambien.
Sleepwalking driving the car to who knows where? Getting in accidents driving murdering people under the influence of Ambien.
Id see if you can try something else that stuff is bad.......
Not at all unheard of. People wake up in jail cells after having caused accidents, assaulted police officers, or otherwise instigated a ruckus. They have no clue what happened, and the officials generally don't buy it.
I agree, if the ideas is to have one sleep while taking the aid, and they are walking around, I'd say time for a different solution.
WO! Not to make light of your situation, JP, but i'd love that as long as i was safe in bed! It's good you're looking out for her, though, and it's good that she lets you know when she takes it.
Melatonin is fundamentally a hormone — gotta be wary of chronic use. When I need sleep aid, i alternate between melatonin, Ambien and clonazepam just to be on the safe side of potential habituation.
All drugs have side effects....Mr & Mrs Castpolymer almost got hit with a fatal side effect of her meds.It just seems to me that in view of the nonstop drug ad blitz telling us every day how we just can't function without this or that or the other medication,perhaps we should consider amending DUI laws to require jail time for anyone caught driving with LESS than a .08 BAC.And maybe everyone should be required by law to smoke 20 cigarettes a day in schools,hospitals,government offices,and on airplanes in flight.
I think this may be a sign to stop taking Ambien..
If they give Castpolymer a hard time; they know quite well he and his wife will be on the witness list when the next Ambien user gets this sort of reaction and gets a terribly tragic result - and has to hire an attorney.
Juries usually just shake their head when tragedy occurs. But when they see the Big Pharma company is mean, then they get mad.
I am so thankful this did not turn out worse. She's gotta quit the product, and see a high end specialist who can customize a really specific solution for her.
This was that wake up call we all pray for, I think. No pun intended.
I stopped taking Ambien the day I woke up and found a totally empty jumbo size jar of JIF peanut butter in the sink! Had no idea how it got there. It wasn't my 8 year-old daughter and I was a widower (who has since remarried). This was way before the reports on the news about people sleep-eating, sleep-cooking and sleep-driving under the influence. Yikes!
We had a very scary incident about four years ago when my dad had serious hallucinations after having taken Ambien. He was 88 years old at the time and had been checked into the hospital for treatment of a urinary tract infection and a bit of pneumonia. He was having difficulty going to sleep and asked if he could have something like Tylenol PM, which is what he occasionally took for insomnia. Instead they gave him Ambien. At about 4 a.m., one of the doctors called me at home asking if I could come to the hospital to try to calm my dad down. He was having serious hallucinations. When we got there, my dad said they had taken him to the basement of the hospital and that there were hundreds of corpses hung on meat hooks down there. (My dad put in 42 years with the Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector.) It took an hour or so to get him calmed down but probably another 15 or 20 hours before his hallucinations stopped. He could be looking at a framed picture on his wall and telling us about the ax murderers chasing people through the landscape. That is some scary stuff and I don't think I'll ever take my chances with it.
I just love the name "A.M. bien!" In you case it's more am-malo".
I was prescribed that stuff and loved it too much. I would stay awake as long as possible and enjoy the trip. Not a good idea! Lots of embarrassing moments. It seems pretty addictive too.
When I cannot sleep. I don't. I lay in bed and rest all night and do what I have to do TIRED. The next night, if I don't sleep, I rest again. Eventually, one of those nights, I do sleep. When you take any of that crap, you lose the natural ability to sleep. Essentially, you forget how. If you cannot sleep, you need to look at your life and make adjustments. Look into why you cannot sleep. Not fun and sometimes hard to accept. I find that listening to the all night overnight broadcasts of BBC news in an earplug allows me to focus on something outside of myself and I fall asleep withing 10 to 15 minutes. Pills to sleep is a bad road.
My dad always disconnects the oven and microwave whenever Mom's needed surgery or painkillers for anything. Luckily for him, she's a good sport about it!
castpolymer, does your wife use caffeine or other drugs which have a stimulant effect? It doesn't take much to keep me from being able to nod off quickly. Perhaps if she is adventurous, she could try a polyphasic sleep schedule.
Wow, I am glad you are ok. I would get your wife off that stuff asap. She could hurt herself. I never realized ambien had those effects. My wife used to really suffer from sleep problems. She'd take clonazepam in a pinch, but usually melatonin worked for her. She doesn't need either any more. If the sleep problems are a symptom of other issues, like depression than addressing that is the way to go. Good diet and exercise are also good advice.
Wow, sounds like me 6 or 7 years ago ... I truly empathize with what you're going through and admire your strength in meeting it head-on.
It works differently for different people.
I take a 300MCG tablet and break it in half.
3 to 5 MG would put me out until noon the next day.
My wife takes melatonin. I have too on occasion. It works for me.
I'm glad that you and your wife and safe and healthy. Spooky story man.
I take calcium/magnesium tablets. If I exercise and then take 2-3 calciums, I sleep like a baby. The magnesium helps reduce muscle cramps, too.
Whoa that is messed up. I'm hoping things stabilize for your wife and you.
Thank goodness you caught this in time...
As I said in my first response I was thinking of things specifically non-pharmaceutical. Some folks have mentioned melatonin which does work for a lot of people.
Personally I was thinking more along the lines of hypnotherapy which has a long history of working very well for things like insomnia which tend to be stress related issues. I don't know specifically what causes your wife's sleeplessness but I'm guessing it's not a physiological cause or you probably would have said something (maybe?) so hypnotherapy or something similar may have surprisingly positive results for her and of course no horrible 'side effects'.