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Unread 11-07-2007, 11:00 AM

Hey there,

I had my 2 week post op yesterday. I've been having trouble sleeping as well. I took Ambien in the past for a short time and it worked good for me. So that's what my doctor prescribed. I personally am waiting at least 3 months to start HRT in the hopes that any existing endo will "die off" before starting. I've been pretty much symptom free as far as surgical menopause goes.......just headaches and insomnia.

Anyway, my doctor told me, the commercials for sleep aids make them sound like they should be used long-term, but that is not the case. She told me they are best used for a few nights (she recommended trying 3) and then trying to sleep without them for a few nights. Kind of a way to reset your natural sleep clock. As others mentioned, they can be habit forming.

The label does say to go directly to bed after taking, as they work fast. Once I did not do this and experienced the "amnesia" effect that someone else described. So now I take them just before I brush my teeth.

My mother takes the CR version and says they are very strong and cuts them in half. She said the Ambien stopped working for her after awhile. I've had no need, as the Ambien worked for me and as I never took them (and don't plan to) long term.

We are all different and all have different needs in this area.

Take care, hope this helps,
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Unread 11-07-2007, 02:09 PM

FINALLY! Got a good night of sleep thanks to mine Ambien!!

Suferbabe~~~ I am not ready to HRT yet. Other health reasons.
Unread 11-07-2007, 02:21 PM

Originally Posted by VetTech
FINALLY! Got a good night of sleep thanks to mine Ambien!!

Suferbabe~~~ I am not ready to HRT yet. Other health reasons.
i'm SO happy for you...hope it continues. sleep is so important for healing.
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Unread 11-07-2007, 11:02 PM

It's kinda funny that I found this thread, because I plan to call my doctor tomorrow for this very reason...

I've been an insomniac for as long as I can remember. It's slowly gotten worse as the years have gone on, but it's as if my body has gotten used to running on low sleep. I'm always super tired, but I was able to suffer thru it before. Since my surgery however, I kid you not...I have literally slept a MAXIMUM of 3 hours a night. For the last 5 weeks, I've been running on a max 3 hours of sleep, and add the normal exhaustion common with this surgery on top of that. I physically just can't take it any more!!! For a couple of years, I've tried taking 3 Tylenol PM's periodically at night to help me sleep. (Maybe once or twice a week; I don't mind the pain reliever in it, as I have a neck/spinal injury that always flares at night) Last night and tonight I took FOUR Tylenol PM's in hopes it will do the trick, but here it is one in the morning, and though thoroughly exhausted...still wide awake! I've never wanted to try prescription sleep pills before, because I'm a school bus driver. I'm up at 5:00am and on the road by 6:15am, and I've always been way too afraid of being groggy behind the wheel in the morning. It's not a risk I'm willing to take. However, I'm off for a full 8 weeks, so I'm thinking I need to take this opportunity to take something that's actually going to help me be well rested. I've tried several natural means in the past...Melatonin, the one that starts with a V that I can't get off the tip of my tongue for two examples. None of it works for me. I plan to call my doctor tomorrow to beg for a prescription of something. If I don't sleep well soon, I'm going to cry! I'm 5wks post-op as of today, and I still have a lot of pain. I don't think that's what's doing it though. I was fortunately able to keep both ovaries, so I truly don't believe it has anything to do with needing HRT. I suffer the occasional hot flash, but that's the only menopausal symptom, and that has been improving in time. It used to happen constantly, but now it's only occasionally, and it doesn't last long. Any how, thanks for allowing me to vent. Hope everyone is sleeping better soon!!!
Unread 11-08-2007, 12:25 AM

Sunshine 74,

I am very glad to read your message as I sit here not being able to sleep either. I had a LAVH and RSO on Oct. 17, because of endometriosis and adenomyosis and a large hemoragic cyst on my right ovary. I was also in constant pain, and while the pain has lessened since the surgery, I can't sleep at all! I, like you, have had problems in the past, and taken Tylenol pm. However, it is not working for me right now. I have still have one ovary left and my doctor and I felt sure that I would not have to take HRT.
I will be calling my doctor tomorrow also, to find at least a temporary solution. I have never tried I prescription sleep aid, but I am ready now. What I don't understand is how I can be soooooo tired, but not be able to sleep!! Good luck and I hope you are sleeping soon.
Unread 11-08-2007, 06:49 AM

Good luck Sunshine & lagos!!! I was taking 3 antihistamine tablets and they didnt work, thats when I asked my doctor for some sleep aid.So far I feel great in the morning! Last night I went to sleep around 11:30 PM and was up at 7:00 AM and now its almost 9 Am and I'm fine. BUT I am planning on laying down because I am still healing and resting a lot
Unread 11-08-2007, 09:15 AM

Originally Posted by pamrose228
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?
Pam, My doc. just gave me Ambien CR 6.25mg. I haven't tried it yet. I take 5mg of the regular ambien and was awake at 4am. The doc thought I should try the time released in this lower dose. I'm not sure you can cut them because they are time release. I know you can cut the regular ones. See if the doc. will prescribe the lower dose for you.
Unread 11-08-2007, 11:53 AM


Someone else on this thread mentioned that her mother cut them in half and it worked. I split one last nite. The pill split pretty evenly. I looked at both halves and they looked exactly alike. I took one. I had a better sleep with the CR and do not feel drugged today. I am a big girl 5'10" and 170 so my tolerance to meds is pretty high, I usually need the higher dosage of these types of meds.

Thanks for caring!
Unread 11-08-2007, 12:12 PM

I LOVE the sleep I get with Ambien but I am not taking them anymore. I am one of the people that gets amnesia when I take them. Not only that but then I act "drunk" and silly.

I have been using the Simply Sleep 1 pill and that helps me greatly. I still wake up but then I am able to go back to sleep.
Unread 11-08-2007, 12:39 PM

Originally Posted by sherden24

I have been using the Simply Sleep 1 pill and that helps me greatly. I still wake up but then I am able to go back to sleep.

Please tell.....what is this Simply Sleep pill? Where do you get it?

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