Ambien: How can I sleep without it?

Posted by rachel123 @rachel123, Jan 20, 2019

I have been taking ambien for over 10 years, and daily for the past year. Unfortunately, I now cannot go to sleep without it. Have gone to counselor for sleep therapy and now filling out a form about my sleep. What time do I go to sleep, how many times do I wake up, how long am I awake? I can’t even remember because I can’t sleep without it. Any comments, I am very challenged by the situation I have gotten myself in, and have anxiety because I cannot remember things.

@dustycat52

I connected to this forum because I wanted to know about other people’s experiences with tapering off zolpidem. I find a lot o fire as in support groups.

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rachel123 I feel the same way that you do. I have taking Ambien for about 6 years now. When I am out of medicine I can tell that my body has a dependence on it. It is the only sleeping medication that I have taken that helps me fall asleep.

I don't know how you other people can wean yourself off of this medication.

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@lsittll

rachel123 I feel the same way that you do. I have taking Ambien for about 6 years now. When I am out of medicine I can tell that my body has a dependence on it. It is the only sleeping medication that I have taken that helps me fall asleep.

I don't know how you other people can wean yourself off of this medication.

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@isittil I was only on Ambien for a little while but realized I was addicted to it .The only way I got of mine was cold turkey but you have to drink a lot of water to flush out your system . I did this for awhile until I was finally able to fall asleep without the med

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@lsittll

rachel123 I feel the same way that you do. I have taking Ambien for about 6 years now. When I am out of medicine I can tell that my body has a dependence on it. It is the only sleeping medication that I have taken that helps me fall asleep.

I don't know how you other people can wean yourself off of this medication.

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I haven’t totally weaned off of it yet but I’m working on it or at least on taking much less. I cut it using a razor blade. Every ten days I would cut the tiniest piece off to give my brain time to get used to it. I’m down to a third of a 5 mg. tablet. I dissolve it .under my tongue and keep it in my mouth as long as possible to give it time to get into my bloodstream.

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@dustycat52

I haven’t totally weaned off of it yet but I’m working on it or at least on taking much less. I cut it using a razor blade. Every ten days I would cut the tiniest piece off to give my brain time to get used to it. I’m down to a third of a 5 mg. tablet. I dissolve it .under my tongue and keep it in my mouth as long as possible to give it time to get into my bloodstream.

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Because I have been on Ambien so long and it the only medication that helps me sleep I guess I must grin and bear it. It is not wise to fool around with the non addicting sleep medications with me because of my seizures so I just must take it. I just must be watchful of the amount that I take

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@lsittll

Because I have been on Ambien so long and it the only medication that helps me sleep I guess I must grin and bear it. It is not wise to fool around with the non addicting sleep medications with me because of my seizures so I just must take it. I just must be watchful of the amount that I take

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I totally get it. I have Burning Mouth Syndrome which causes a lot of pain and makes it hard to fall asleep. Ambien has been a life saver. But now in California drug stores were told they can no longer use discount coupons for tier 2 drugs and my insurance won’t cover it. So it’s $80 a month. I can’t afford that. I wish the government wouldn’t determine that we don’t need it.

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@dustycat52

I totally get it. I have Burning Mouth Syndrome which causes a lot of pain and makes it hard to fall asleep. Ambien has been a life saver. But now in California drug stores were told they can no longer use discount coupons for tier 2 drugs and my insurance won’t cover it. So it’s $80 a month. I can’t afford that. I wish the government wouldn’t determine that we don’t need it.

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I've been on Ambiem for over 15 years! My sleep problems got awful when I had Stage IV colon cancer 21 years ago!
I had an allergic reaction to the then popular chemo drug, 5FU +. I was in a coma on Life support for 14 days. I came out of both alive, and then did kill the cancer! LOL! But it did a lot to my autoimmune system plus other things. I am lucky that 90% of my PCP understood my issues, it was the one who didn't and put me on something else that caused another reaction and caused me to black out and fall down 20' of stairs and cause a TBI!
Why can't they stop trying to dictate our lives!
I'm lucky in that I live in a Third world state they have not stopped us from using discounts like GoodRX.
My thoughts go out to you!
From The Land of Enchantment!
Sundance(RB)

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Long term insomniac here, Ambien, Ativan, Belsomra. I got off the Benzo'a because of possibly damaging side effects, finally lo dose of Belsomra and I couldn't finish my sentences in conversation. I was advised and got a medical marijuana card which isn't perfect but I typically get 6-7 hrs of sleep at a cost of $75mo for a tincture oil. DO NO STOP TAKING benzos outside of a doctor's care, it can be life threatening.

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@sundance6

I've been on Ambiem for over 15 years! My sleep problems got awful when I had Stage IV colon cancer 21 years ago!
I had an allergic reaction to the then popular chemo drug, 5FU +. I was in a coma on Life support for 14 days. I came out of both alive, and then did kill the cancer! LOL! But it did a lot to my autoimmune system plus other things. I am lucky that 90% of my PCP understood my issues, it was the one who didn't and put me on something else that caused another reaction and caused me to black out and fall down 20' of stairs and cause a TBI!
Why can't they stop trying to dictate our lives!
I'm lucky in that I live in a Third world state they have not stopped us from using discounts like GoodRX.
My thoughts go out to you!
From The Land of Enchantment!
Sundance(RB)

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I m sorry to hear that you went through such painful experiences. I hope that you are doing better now. Good Rx is a wonderful discount program to use when your prescription plan does not cover a prescription.
@dustycat I have prescription Medicare and it covers zolpidem. So does my secondary insurance. Maybe it's different in California than Maryland but I cannot imagine that.

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@sundance GoodRx is certainly is a great insurance discount card. Prescriptions that normally sell for for $475 at Walgreens can be gotten for l$140 some dollars at a pharmacy that accepts GoodRX. What a difference in price!

@lioness with all that I drink you would think that I would already have flushed it out of my system. The amount of water The amount of water I drink lowers the level of sodium in my bloodstream. A medication of mine does this too so my neurologist can have difficulty knowing what is lowering the level. I can remember my internist saying to me are you still drinking your 20 glasses of water a day.

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@lsittll

I m sorry to hear that you went through such painful experiences. I hope that you are doing better now. Good Rx is a wonderful discount program to use when your prescription plan does not cover a prescription.
@dustycat I have prescription Medicare and it covers zolpidem. So does my secondary insurance. Maybe it's different in California than Maryland but I cannot imagine that.

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It doesn’t cover it in California nor will the pharmacy accept discount cards any more. They were just told this last week. But that’s okay because I need to taper way down on it anyway. I’m down to a third of a five mg. tag and actually sleeping better than I was on it. I keep getting brain zaps though going down in it. They are so annoying.

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