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Fri, Mar 15 2:43am · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

I took my time…. about a month or so it took to stop taking it, have been off ambien for a month now. I stayed at about 7.5 mg for about a week……then I went to about 0.5 mg for another week……33 another week……25 another week…..then zero. I only take 4.5mg melatonin, somehow I fall asleep. I am so happy about this yet my Dr wants me to start taking Lexapro because he thinks i have a bad case of anxiety. He thinks I am taking it. I won't take it for fear of weight gain and loss of sex interest which is bad enough already, I will not risk making it worse.

Wed, Mar 13 10:25pm · Ambien: How can I sleep without it? in Sleep Health

Thanks. Yes, most nights I sleep about 7 hours, I wake up, and if I am lucky, I can fall back asleep for 30 to 60 more and I don't feel as sleepy as I do with 7.5 hours.

Wed, Mar 13 12:47am · Ambien: How can I sleep without it? in Sleep Health

My doctor wants to put me on lexapro. I read how one might gain weight and or lose sex drive which is already a problem for me 🙁
And so I almost started to take the med….until I was reading how very difficult it is to eventually get OFF it, I cannot imagine having to take a medication like this the rest of my life! It scares me.
But what i read is that it might help me. I do have these periodic periods of feeling sad for myslef but then I thought about that, most often I am in a pretty decent mood! And I can be happy, especially if I am around people!
A month ago, I started weening myself OFF from the ambien. Low and behold, i no longer take it, it has been about 3 weeks now not taking it. But usually I don't have things bothering me, yet one night recently I has a SIMPLE "got to get up early" to do a blood test evening so I get all wound up and was unable to sleep well that night, anxiety I guess….a one nighter. I got about 2 hours of sleep. That was it. Drove to get the blood draw, went home, and slept about 5 hours. I made it.
So now I am still resisting the lexapro, my doctor thinks I am taking it, I lied to him.

Wed, Feb 20 6:05pm · Ambien: How can I sleep without it? in Sleep Health

I have now been off from Ambien for about 2 weeks now. I usually sleep 6.5 hours but still feel like I need more sleep, and I give up and get up for the day, but at least I am getting sleep.

But what now, on those occasional nights when I cannot sleep for whatever reason? What can I take for a night or two where I would not get addicted? Zquil?

Sat, Feb 16 4:26pm · Age 66 on Androgel, sex drive way too low in Men's Health

This may sound crazy but needles and vials scare me….I would guess I would screw that up as I also have essential tremors, holding things in my hands is…..well….. shaky.

Thu, Feb 14 9:28pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

My new doctor at the VA refuses to renew my ambien because instead he wants to start me on anti-depressants! I am not depressed, I deal with some anxieties, but once again, the government is making life difficult for the doctors and thus we, the patients suffer.

Thu, Feb 14 9:26pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

I think this is a perfect example of government going too far in controlling our lives. If for nothing else, at least they should allow those over age 60 to use if if the patient insists, otherwise the laws are just making people angry. I have the same issue regarding hormone therapy….the government put all sorts of silly laws meant to "protect" me…..simply wrong wrong wrong.

Thu, Feb 14 9:22pm · Age 66 on Androgel, sex drive way too low in Men's Health

Androgel is being treated as a controlled substance ala ambien and hydrocodone etc, which for me makes me miserable. I live too far away from any place to get injections every few weeks, so the VA, fortunately, provides me with Androgel. I do have to make the trip once every 6 months to have blood levels checked maybe more so because I am 66. The Androgel gets me to just above the LOW end of the range for men, but alas, as much as I love women, my sex drive sucks and due to that, I am unhappy. With the VA, they also only ship via UPS and they require my signature, no drop offs allowed meaning I don't know when to expect delivery and I have missed a few deliveries and end up going without, though that had not happened for 8 months. Also, they will NOT allow any multiple month's worth of deliveries. Anyways, are there any suggestions to get my sex drive UP? Androgel, due to my age I know they are cautious but otherwise my health is good and I exercise.