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  #31  
Unread 11-10-2007, 09:13 PM
Ambien?

That is all very interesting about the CR pills. They made me very tired the next day for a few hours and I didn't sleep well during the night. I guess I shouldn't of cut them and I did. I know the reg. ones you can. I've been doing it for a good while. I do sleep solid when I take the reg. ones but not long enough. I'd like to get off of them so I don't get addicted but it's the only thing right now that works well. I'm going to wait a bit longer and cut my dose down and then try melatonin again. I know that doesn't work well for a lot of people. It's a shame we all have so many sleeping problems. I wish there were much better natural ways. I wish you all a good night sleep. Kathy
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  #32  
Unread 11-10-2007, 09:25 PM
Ambien

I have always been someone who could have a whole pot of coffee and then sleep through the night. Starting with day one of menopause it would take me hours to fall asleep. I talked to my gyn about it and he could not understand why I had this problem. He is generally anti-medicine since I was not sent home with any type of pain meds ( I did not need them but I could have a day or two later). I went to my regular doctor for a cold a couple of months later I asked him for a prescription.

I took Ambien for a month and it worked with no drowsiness in the morning. To help me sleep now I usually have a glass of wine before bed - not the best but I am still having trouble sleeping 2 years later.

I would try the Ambien to see if it works for you.

Good luck
  #33  
Unread 11-10-2007, 09:41 PM
Ambien?

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Originally Posted by Humming Bird
That is all very interesting about the CR pills. They made me very tired the next day for a few hours and I didn't sleep well during the night. I guess I shouldn't of cut them and I did. I know the reg. ones you can. I've been doing it for a good while. I do sleep solid when I take the reg. ones but not long enough. I'd like to get off of them so I don't get addicted but it's the only thing right now that works well. I'm going to wait a bit longer and cut my dose down and then try melatonin again. I know that doesn't work well for a lot of people. It's a shame we all have so many sleeping problems. I wish there were much better natural ways. I wish you all a good night sleep. Kathy
Kathy -

I have been taking Ambien for a couple years now and really don't see any difference when I stop taking it vs before I started taking it as far as rebound problems sleeping. Then again, I've always had problems sleeping...so I'm not the best indicator here. I just know that it doesn't seem to be that awful if I don't take one - I just typically sleep the way I used to before taking them...i.e., not much at all.

I took Rozerem once, which is a melatonin receptor stimulant, and I didn't like the feeling that it gave me: being aware of my breathing...it getting shallower...all the while dozing into that "can't move your body but your mind's still aware" state...so I'm apprehensive about taking melatonin. If you haven't tried Rozerem, perhaps you can take that and get a better night's sleep than with melatonin...as it targets specific portions in your brain more efficiently than melatonin does. Plus I've known people who have ingested a lot of melatonin because there are a lot of sites out there that contradict what others say...and you can get variances of "take one pill" to "5 pills work for ME!". Personally, I never trust any person's personal website to inform me of what to do...other people seem to do it a lot...not saying you are one of them, mind you.

Here's a good article (from WebMD) I beamed up which talks about a few sleep medications and also addresses the melatonin issue I mentioned above.
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  #34  
Unread 11-11-2007, 08:29 AM
Ambien?

Years ago I took a sleeping pill called Restoril. This was the best sleep I ever had. Unfortunately Restoril is in the narcotics family and doctors are not willing to prescribe this on regular basis because of addiction problems. But like I said I had the most peaceful and restful sleep when I did take it. It was in capsule form, not sure if it was a time release drug, but remembering my doc told me if I needed half the dose to pull apart the capsule make sure equal powder was in each half and then stuff with a bit a tissue on the end.
  #35  
Unread 11-11-2007, 10:18 AM
Ambien?

I love Ambien (regular, not CR), and think it's a godsend! I have had insomnia for years, and now it's way worse after my TAH/BSO. I only take it about 2 nights per week so as not to be addicted, but at least I know I'll have a few good days where I won't be dragging and headachy, etc. I get awful headaches from sleep deprivation.

I can also "fight" the Ambien if necessary....like when I took it, went to bed, and 20 minutes later kiddo woke up barfing...ugh. That was NOT a good night!
  #36  
Unread 11-11-2007, 03:12 PM
Ambien?

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Originally Posted by NPWriter
Kathy -

I have been taking Ambien for a couple years now and really don't see any difference when I stop taking it vs before I started taking it as far as rebound problems sleeping. Then again, I've always had problems sleeping...so I'm not the best indicator here. I just know that it doesn't seem to be that awful if I don't take one - I just typically sleep the way I used to before taking them...i.e., not much at all.

I took Rozerem once, which is a melatonin receptor stimulant, and I didn't like the feeling that it gave me: being aware of my breathing...it getting shallower...all the while dozing into that "can't move your body but your mind's still aware" state...so I'm apprehensive about taking melatonin. If you haven't tried Rozerem, perhaps you can take that and get a better night's sleep than with melatonin...as it targets specific portions in your brain more efficiently than melatonin does. Plus I've known people who have ingested a lot of melatonin because there are a lot of sites out there that contradict what others say...and you can get variances of "take one pill" to "5 pills work for ME!". Personally, I never trust any person's personal website to inform me of what to do...other people seem to do it a lot...not saying you are one of them, mind you.

Here's a good article (from WebMD) I beamed up which talks about a few sleep medications and also addresses the melatonin issue I mentioned above.
NPWriter, That article was worth reading, thanks. I may want to try the rozerem since melatonin does work for me at times. Last night I took a small dose of the reg. ambien again slept till 2am and then took a melatonin and slept till 630. That seems to be a good fix for my problems right now. I don't really suggest anyone try it because there may be some interaction between the two, but it seemed to work for me. I woke up feeling pretty good. Thanks again for the article that's worth keeping on my computer. Kathy
  #37  
Unread 11-11-2007, 04:24 PM
Ambien?

Hi,

I was told NOT to cut Ambien CR in half. Something to do with the timed release thing... I've been taking 5mg of regular Ambien (I cut a 10mg in half) for a long time now.

I too wake up halfway thru the night, and don't really sleep after that.. And, I've learned that Ambien makes me SNORE! Ugh, its bad.. I think it relaxes me so much initially, or else whatever it does to my brain.. Anyway, I snore with it.

The last couple of nights I've tried Advil pm (benedryl) and ehhh... it's worked a little. Not great tho. I'm 4 years post op too!!! I use Bi-est, but have not really slept well since surgery. Progesterone makes me want to crawl out of my skin, so I stay away from it. I attribute my insomnia to stress vs hormones. Sure would like to sleep like a baby again... Ah.. The good old days.

Good luck with this one!
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