Saturday, December 30, 2006

Why Isn't the Ambien Working???

It used to work. I could take 5 mg and get whoozy enough to bug out for the night. But most of the time I need 10mg. And I used to be able to take a whole 10mg tablet and be loopy inside of 30 minutes. If you ever saw one of my unedited posts that was written after the Ambien started to kick in, then you know what I mean.

I took a 10 mg tablet over two hours ago and here I am, reading and writing like I drank the water and forgot the pill, (which I did not.) I've noticed that it's been taking longer to take effect, but this is ridiculous. I need to sleep. It's 5:00 AM. Has my neurochemistry become completely whacked out?

I know I'm not wired like the rest of the world. Most of the things that are supposed to put you to sleep, hype me up like crazy. And lots (but not all) of the things that are supposed to hype you up, mellow me out, just not to the point of being sleepy. Most of the time I feel like I could stay awake indefinitely. I haven't known what natural sleepiness feels like for quite a long time now. Ambien has been the one thing I could count on for help in my nearly impossible quest for sleep.

Oh Ambien, please don't fail me now!

13 Comments:

Blogger G Bitch said...

Sounds like it has stopped working for you. Switch to Lunesta. Sleep is too precious.

6:43 PM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Thanks, I think I'll pursue that.

For a long time, Ambien was the most wonderful thing ever. I'd sleep well and wake up feeling well-rested and full of energy. It seems like it's still working somewhat, just taking forever to kick in. I've had a couple of friends report that eventually Ambien didn't work as well for them and they went to Lunesta, which worked great. I hope that's the case for me, too.

12:36 AM  
Blogger judyb said...

If you want to go the natural root, check out Hawthorne Berry, available at Walmart.

11:54 AM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Thanks, Judy B. I've tried lots of other herbal sleep aids...skullcap, catnip, passion flower, etc., and they all hype me up. Even GABA seems to hype me up. And I seem to remember that the last time I tried melatonin it worked, but I felt like I could have slept for two more days, it left me so hung over. I hate that feeling. All this makes me a little reluctant to go that route again, especially when the pharmaceuticals work so well. (Usually.)

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Editor B said...

I also have trouble sleeping but it's more intermittent than what you describe. I've been wary of pharmaceuticals because I read they weren't effective long-term solutions. But I haven't found any other solutions either. So... please keep us posted if you find anything that works.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old conversation is old, but what the heck.

Ambien stops working as well after a while because you build up a resistance. It's normal. Stop taking it for a few days. I'd say at least three, but feel free to add more as necessary. That should restore its effectiveness. It's called a medication holiday, and for a med like this you should do it periodically.

This may sound unorthodox, but I have discovered that orgasm works almost as well for me as Ambien. Turn out the lights, get in bed and completely ready for sleep beforehand. Then have at it. Afterwards make cleanup as minimal as possible so you won't move around. Do not leave the bed. Lie back and enjoy the soothing afterwash of chemicals. Hey, it's all-natural.

2:28 AM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Anonymous, thanks for your advice. I've tried both of those things. The problem with the drug holiday is trying to function, as the drug holiday also means a sleep holiday for me. And in my experience, the orgasm method works best when it's accompanied by a little wine and the kind of vigorous activity that is generated when it's not a solo act. And rolling over will probably wake me up again. But if it worked out, what would I do the other six nights a week when I don't get to see the BF? The solo act just doesn't knock me out.

Now, having said all that, I have found that a one-gram dose of taurine taken with the Ambien seems to potentiate its action. And having an empty vs. full stomach definitely makes a difference. (Empty os best.)

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Hey, I just started taking the Ambien CR 12.5's and they are not doing a damn thing for me. I used to take the regular ambien 10mg's and found that I needed 2 of them... tried 3 once and that was an experience in and of itself. anyone know what the safest maximum dose of the drug is?

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Ambien Prescription Information said...

My name is Catherine Snow and i would like to show you my personal experience with Ambien.

I have taken for 1 years. I am 57 years old. Works great if I take it on an empty stomach, and get right into bed. If you take it and try to keep yourself awake, you can override the pill and be up all night.

Side Effects :
None.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Catherine Snow

3:16 AM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Empty stomach is the key, that's for sure. The amino acid taurine seems acts as a potentiator, so I take it at night, too.

2:12 PM  
Blogger renolds said...

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1:51 AM  
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12:18 AM  
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1:00 PM  

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