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Thu, Apr 25 3:19pm · Trintellix in Depression & Anxiety

I was prescribed trintellix for help with my memory issues and impulsiveness and it was suppose to help which it hasn't. Was bumped up to 10 mg., which was a mistake, stomach issue, felt bad, wanted to do NOTHING. I don't have bi-polar issue, have sleep issue and got addicted to ambien. Have gained 14 lbs. on trintellix and it is very very expensive. Also my ability to focus and get anything done has significantly decreased. Previously, was a type A personality and was very productive. Probably reason I have gained so much weight – just want to sit around and eat. Would never recommend that drug, but I am still on it – 5mg. ……also still taking ambien. We are all different and I just hope someday we can get the right drug or drugs for our DNA or whatever medical community needs to help us. I wish I could feel better so I could get some things done………and not take any drugs.

Tue, Apr 23 3:33pm · Mayo Genome partnership with HELIX in Just Want to Talk

I have been on ambien for 10 years and have not been successful in getting off of the drug. It works well for me, however, I am having memory issues for past 6-12 months. Interested in my DNA and whether their is something that I can do to stop the memory loss….my grandfather committed suicide and I don't want to go down that path either. Of course, I don't know if ambien is the cause or just my age @ 68. Have had a great life and having memory loss and an addiction is not something that I anticipated……….very challenging. I believe that accurate health/dna information can be very valuable and just want to have a high quality of life without an addiction and with my mind working!! May just need to have a better diet, less stress and more exercise — wonder if our DNA can predict specifically what will help. ………….. I believe it probably can, if not today, then maybe someday.

Tue, Apr 23 3:19pm · Mayo Genome partnership with HELIX in Just Want to Talk

Hi John – Thank you for your reply. I am still waiting to hear from them. Has been about 5 weeks so hopefully will hear something soon.

Tue, Apr 23 2:59pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

Sorry to hear this – I have tried for past 6 months to reduce my 10 year use of Ambien. I am down to 5 mg. per night – just can't get to sleep without it…….Have decided to just forget trying to get off of it because I do much much better not worrying about the consequences and I love taking it and going to sleep. Maybe someday someone will have the answer on how to get off of this. And yes, I have memory issues but not sure it is from ambien use or something else but need to sleep. ……other than that have no issues with taking daily.

Thu, Apr 18 9:25am · Mayo Genome partnership with HELIX in Just Want to Talk

Looking for Mayo clients that have signed up for the Mayo Genome project with Helix. I signed up after the marketing presentation at the TPC golf tournament in March. Currently I don't think they have my DNA sequencing completed. Anyone out there that is also participating?

Mon, Jan 28 10:44am · Ambien: How can I sleep without it? in Sleep Health

Lisa – Do you think Ambien is safe if taken every night in about 5mg…..i.e. the only reason I want off of it is because I have had memory issues-especially short term attention-and even no memory of some things from my past. This has progressively gotten worse in the past couple of years and even moreso within past 9 months Perhaps the ambien is not my problem because it has worked very well for me. I sleep much better when I take it.

Mon, Jan 21 11:00am · Ambien: How can I sleep without it? in Sleep Health

Thank you. Yes I have shared that I have some challenges with anxiety. I am not anxious about not having ambien because I still have it…. I tried the lst night not to take the ambien and it was awful…tried to stay up as long as I could, then I gave up & took it. Got up with a sore throat, felt awful, now have a cold, however, I have gotten up at the same time for 4 days……yea! a start.

Mon, Jan 21 10:49am · Ambien: How can I sleep without it? in Sleep Health

Thank you so much for the encouragement and hope. I have started on the forms, even tho since I am still taking the ambien, I really don't know when I go to sleep but with Ambien most of the time it isn't very long. Unfortunately when I wake up I just take more because I need my sleep, as we all do. I have tried to cut back on it and sometimes it works and then I end up taking it in the middle of the night. If it were not for problems with my memory I would not be concerned with the ambien because it has worked well for me for years. I have no idea if it is the ambien or something else that is "challenging" my memory. Keeping the log is also helping me to know and be more aware….some of the log of course is a guess. I have tried melatonin & trazodone and it did not work at all for me…..but that has been a couple of years . The most recent drug that I tried was sonata —and it did not work either.