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Unread 02-07-2005, 07:44 PM
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Hi ladies, my doctor prescribed Ambien because I just haven't been able to sleep. It works really great. The big problem for me is the cost. Even with my insurance my copay is still $35 and this has become way too expensive for me. Does anyone know of another sleep aide that works well but does not cost this much? By the way my insurance is <oops! no insurance company names, please>.

Thanks for any info anyone can provide to help me with this matter.

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Unread 02-07-2005, 08:20 PM
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Hi I was also given ambien but I didn't like it do to the hangover effect it gives the next day. You should try tylenol pm its great and I only use one and in 1/2 hour im sleeping. Also benedryl is good to but I like the tylenol pm take it about 1/2 hour or an hour before and you will sleep great. Let me know how it works. Grace
Unread 02-07-2005, 08:43 PM
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The Dr gave me Restoil. I think it cost me a 7.00 co-pay. I only used it once but it seemed to work.

Good Luck
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Unread 02-07-2005, 09:09 PM
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I cannot tell you the co-pay cost, but Sonata works better, for me, than Ambien - do to that morning hang over feeling. With Sonota, the half life (the length of effect) is much less than Ambien. the good news is, it lasts about 4 hours and many find after then, that they sleep find. If not, if you have 4 more hours to sleep - you can take a second one. So if you go to bed 9'ish and wake up at 1a.m, you can take a second one, and not risk that hangover. But it can only be taken 2-3 weeks - and that gets many through the fog of insomnia.

Unread 02-07-2005, 09:17 PM
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My husband uses Sonata sometimes. The co-pay is the same as Ambein I think.
Unread 02-07-2005, 11:59 PM
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Just a heads up Tylenol PM is tylenol and Diphenhydramine HCl. Diphenhydramine HCl = benadryl so if benadryl makes you hyper chances are Tylenol PM will also.
Unread 02-08-2005, 12:35 AM
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Oh Susan, sorry to hear you're not sleeping well. That co-pay will keep you awake even if the drug works!

I'm one who is wired on Tylenol mother loves the stuff because it really works well for her. No harm in trying.

I've also read about the hang over side effects of Ambien.

My doctor told me if I wake during the night and can't fall back to sleep that it could be a sign of low estrogen. This happened a few times and my patch was increased, now I seem to be ok.

Best wishes,
Unread 02-08-2005, 06:01 AM
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I just want to thank all of you ladies that were kind enough to answer my question regarding sleep medication. I'm seeing my doctor today and will ask her about the two meds that were mentioned. I did try the tylenol pm because my mom swears by it ... however, it doesn't work for me. I don't want to overdue on the benedryl because my sons allergist said it can be hard on the liver and kidneys. So I will ask about the Sonata and the Restoil.

Hope you all have a painfree day. Feel well ladies.


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