I am very interested in this – is Circadin prescription-only?
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I also have taken Ambien for years – in the beginning i was told that it was the most commonly used sleep aid for the elderly because it was so safe. It really changed my life, I take 1/2 of a 10 mg. when I go to sleep, and if I wake up again at 3 I take the other half. However, in the past few months I noticed that I was running out of my 30 day prescription a few days early – eventually I ran out 4 days too soon. This could only mean that I was often taking another half ad didn't remember. when I ran out four days early I just had to suddenly do without, it was a horror show….I didn't sleep for three days or nights, I hallucinated, I did sleep in fits and starts by the third day but never left the house. Eventually, I started taking little bits again as I was still have so much difficulty falling asleep. The entire experience made me realize how dependent I am, and that if I were suddenly cut off it would be a nightmare. Throughout this I also have realized that I have begun drinking another glass of wine each night as a kind of soporific.
I came on this site looking for a way to quit or at least get by on 3 or 4 a week, and I decided today that I will try supplementing with Melatonin and see where that takes me, based on others' comments. This was very helpful.