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Unread 11-06-2007, 07:28 PM

Anyone using this or used this before? I am having my first menopause sign........ I cant sleep.My Doctor gave me this to try.He wants me to start my HRT but I want to wait a while longer.

I have tried lunesta in the past and it did NOT work at all
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Unread 11-06-2007, 07:47 PM

My hubby took Ambien and now takes Ambien CR. The Ambien worked well for him but after a while, he started waking up through the night. I don't like the CR though (he doesn't either) because it seems to stay in his system a lot longer and makes it more difficult to feel awake in the morning. He's going to talk with his doctor about going back to the Ambien or trying something different.
Unread 11-06-2007, 07:48 PM

Get the AmbienCR. I kept waking up in the middle of the night with the Ambien. Lunesta works for me but gives me a HORRIBLE taste in my mouth.

Restoril (sp) is another good one.

Can you tell I've had insomnia problems for years?
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Unread 11-06-2007, 07:51 PM

i took ambien 10mg for a few years. it worked very well for quite awhile and then i started waking up a few hours after taking it and couldnt fall back asleep. you will probably get some great rest from it and feel a lot better.
Unread 11-06-2007, 07:58 PM

I used Ambien during my recovery and it worked very well for me. I used it instead of pain meds at night. For some reason pain meds made me hallucinate at night.
My Mom used Ambien CR but also found that she was waking up during the night after she had used it for a while.
Unread 11-06-2007, 08:08 PM

(((VetTech))) why would you want to take Ambien, which can be habit-forming, rather than just start replacing the hormones you lost when you had your surgery?

I had lots of problems with insomnia in my early post op months when I was trying to get down to a lower dose of HRT. Once I gave up on that idea and went back to the right dosage for me, I no longer had any trouble sleeping.

Meanwhile, while you're deciding, or while you're getting through this rough patch, there are also less risky options you could try. Many women have had good success with Ovaltine (it's the malt that does it) or Sleepytime Extra herb tea (contains Valerian). When things were really bad for me, I took a low dose of Trazodone for a couple of weeks and it did help (and is not habit forming). 5-HTP, which metabolizes to tryptophan (the stuff in turkey that makes us sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner), is another OTC supplement option. Of course, you could just have a few slices of turkey and a mug of Ovaltine and that would probably do just as well!

Of course hindsight is 20/20, and I do understand wanting to try to do without HRT because I had the same thoughts early on, but when it comes down to a decision, I'd take HRT over Ambien (or other habit-forming script) any day of the week - and it has the bonus of helping you maintain your bone mass while you catch some

Unread 11-06-2007, 08:41 PM

I was given Ambien post op and have zero recollection of events occuring 30 mintues after I took it and for several hours every morning. I was one of those that had amnesia. I now take Seroquel, which is an anti-depresant used for bi-polar, but commonly prescribed for a sleep med b/c it is non-habit forming. Tylenol PM is also a good option or Simply Sleep by Tylenol which doesn't have the pain med in it.
Unread 11-06-2007, 10:24 PM

I am having the same sleep problems. I had an LAVH and RSO with only the left ovary remaining on 10/17. I tried Benadryl last night - it is what is in Tylenol PM and it worked and I am going to try it again tonight. My doctor and I were hoping that I wouldn't have to take HRT, because I still have one ovary, but we'll have to see if that really will work. I am seeing my doctor in a couple of days so I can ask her for more long term solutions, but the insomnia was driving me crazy and making me so tired, so I tried the Benadryl.
Unread 11-07-2007, 09:38 AM

I am taking 10 mg Ambien. It allows me to fall asleep fast but I also find myself waking up a few hours later, usually I go to bathroom and then back to sleep.

I also have a prescription for Ambien CR, this med keeps me sleeping for 8-10 hours, problem is that I feel tired and lethagic the next day also. I have the 12.5 mg pill. Does anyone know if this pill can be split in half with a splitter?
Unread 11-07-2007, 10:49 AM

Dear pamrose 228...

About splitting the Ambien CR pill.... I kinda wonder about that since it has an "instant release" layer and a "timed release" layer.

Not sure... just think it might not work.

Hope someone else has a more definite answer.... if not... maybe just ask your pharmacist.

Take care...


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