Drug Ratings for AMBIEN

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 1  Years of Insomnia I have tried quite a few sleep aids over the past 25 years due to Insomnia. I took a 10mg Ambien at 9pm. It is now 2:30 in the morning & besides making me a little light headed,, it had absolutely no effect at all. Was looking forward to a good sleep & instead, hugely disappointment. F 41 1 days
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8/14/2014
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 4  insomnia Short term more loss. Daytime sleepiness. Some thinking fogginess. This is a tool if you can't sleep. Not a demon. Took this for 5 years. Helped me get on with life although not as sharp thinking. Like any med it can be good or not so good. Duh if you are sleepwalking get other treatment. But this helped me get off the non sleep anxiety circle. I'm off now and can think clearer. But when I needed it this drug was a blessing. M 60 5 years
12.5mg 1X D
7/15/2014

 5  insomnia I have had conversations with people I don't remember and also eat and don't remember during the night. Nothing dangerous. I have tried so many different medications and got no where or had terrible side effects! I cannot sleep without it and is helped alot! F 21 9 months
10mg
7/14/2014

 5  Sleep None other than desired sleep F 43 2 years
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7/5/2014
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 1  insomnia Dizziness, vertigo, sadness, stumbling around. Horrible stuff...should be taken off the market! M 66 1 days
12.5 mg
6/29/2014

 1  I have fibromyalgia and insomnia Memory loss, anxiety, feeling more pain and more headaches. Depression, can't concentrate, feel like I am half asleep all the time. I had taken this before and did not seem to have any problems. It does help me sleep but now I feel terrible all the time. I am so afraid. I want to stop taking this but when I don't take it I can't sleep but a couple of hours at the most. I wish someone could help me. I would not advise anyone to take this I take Ambien CR 12.5 MG and do not feel rested when I wake up. My cousin has taken regular Ambien for over 10 years now and doctor will not take him off of it. He says he has no problems with it. I am so afraid. I say run from this drug before it is too late. F 51 60 days
12.5 MG 1X D
6/19/2014

 3  insomnia Altered mood, mild hallucinations, the need to stay up on my phone for hours. This medicine helps if you put away all distraction and close your eyes. Otherwise, I have found it keeps me awake in a slightly hypnotic state just browsing the internet and downloading applications from the app store. It's good for me when I'm really in need of a good night's sleep, but otherwise I don't like taking this consistently. F 27 2 months
5mg 1X D
6/12/2014

 1  Insomnia F 56 8 months
10mg 1X D
5/31/2014
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 5  could not sleep and have nerve dama No bad side effects. In fact this med takes all the burning and nerve damage pain away. I had surgery on both feet which made the pain worse. Tis pill stops all the pain. My doctor is currently looking for a similar drug that I can take during the day to help with my pain. I take lyrica and pain meds which I don't really need if I had something like this during the day. Ambien could help many people with nerve damage. I have never had any side effects that you guys have written but I don't read the side effects my family does because a lot of people who read them start having symptoms and I know for me it's been a life saver. I can sleep and have no pain in my feet and if I didn't get that relief who knows where I would be. I just wish I could take this during g the day. I would love a study to be done on me I bet it could help so many with nerve damage. F 39 12 years
10mg 1X D
5/24/2014
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 1  Insomnia I took 1 5 mg tablet had serilous reaction. Hallucinations rage anxiety sleep walking an driving etc... During this time I took 1200 mg of Vyanse. Didn't realize it for 48 hours. Word of advice if you are taking this for yen first time, lock up any other drugs on the house F 47 1 days
5mg
5/3/2014
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 1  Chronic Insomnia Was all fun and games for Sanofi-Aventis until the lawsuits, right? NOTICE--- No more advertising since early 2000s. No more TV markekting. I commented on this site 5 years ago which was the year I broke my addiction to this toxic poison. It is a memory eraser, a powerfully addictive substance, and a life breaker. Your "primary care physician" will never you tell you that. He is every incentive (monetary and suppressed evidence) to hide it from you. Read -every- page below this one, proceed at your own peril. 5 years CLEAN AND FREE off this disgustingly over prescribed danger pill. M 41 4 years
10mg 1X D
5/3/2014
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 4  Chronic insomnia This is the only sleep aid that works for me however I've had many of the dangerous side effects as mention. I worked 11p-7a shift went home after a bath took ambien while in the sleepwalking phase I drove to the nail salon got a full set of nails upon waking up and noticing I drove myself while sleeping to the nail salon I reached into my pockets to find $50 worth of scratch off lottery tickets I'd purchased. I've made meal, had full blown conversations and did not realize until the next day when someone would recite something we talked about. The thing that happens a lot is I will take more of the medication while I'm in my sleeping phase and will not know that I did that until the next day. It's a good medication but it comes with a lot of dangerous side effects. Overall while in the sleep walking phase of ambien I've drove my car to the store, nail salon, cooked meals, had conversations and was sexually active while in the sleep but awake phase of ambien. F 41 4 years
12.5 1X D
4/25/2014

 1  Insomnia I would have entire conversations and meals at night I did not remember the next day. Made me tired in the morning to where I just wanted to sleep but at night it was frustrating to try to sleep if I did not do so 15 min after taking it. This is a bad drug. Hide your phone, kitchen and car keys! It also made me anxious during day. I finally found chamomile tea that is medical strength and it works better than ambien ever did. I felt like I was just going thru the motions and not engaged in living on this drug. It was awful because I wanted to sleep. Wish I knew sooner but started when ob prescribed for sleep during pregnancy. It is addictive. F 38 4 years
10
4/21/2014

 3  Insomnia I first took Ambien to deal with insomnia brought on by a medical condition that really upset me and disrupted my sleeping patterns. As the years went by I found Ambien to be a "good friend" when I needed to get to sleep...until the dangerous and unwanted side effects started to happen...what happens is, before you actually fall asleep, you slip into this weird "twilight" phase, when you can start sleep walking and doing things you don't know you are doing. You can talk on the phone, cook a meal, go outside and make alot of stupid choices while in this weird frame of mind and not know you are even doing it until you wake up and see the mess you made in the kitchen, etc. It's like you are operating on autopilot, making odd, "indulgent" sort of choices like online shopping, etc. The big wake up calls started happening then..I would wake up and realize I took many pills all at once..without knowing it. Somewhere down the line, after entering that "twilight" period, I decided to swallow more pills. Now I finally understand how people can accidentally overdose. Thank god, I did wake up in the morning and nothing horrible happened. There is also no way to prevent this from happening, outside of getting one of those timed, locked pill boxes, You end up doing things you dont even realize you are doing. The final straw came when, at some point, I tripped and fell and broke my nose, and I woke up with bruising on my face and sore knees. I F 47 7 years
1X D
4/16/2014
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 5  Insomnia Sleep Great Med! Tolerance will develop very rapidly, suggest using it sparingly.(1-2 days week max) The strange stuff only seems to happen when I take too much. Taking too much also makes me want to stay up and enjoy the cool buzzed feeling, so I fight the sleepiness. Too much being the entire 10mg pill at once. These days I just cut it in half, take 5mg, and I am out in 10 mins. M 40 1 years
5mg 2X W
3/24/2014

 5  insomia If I take more than recommended then I would get the amnesia sid effect. Now I just stick to the recommended dosage. I do get a full nights rest & wake up refreshed F 41 6 years
5mg 1X D
3/13/2014

 1  Help sleep with back pain. Horrible depression and suicidal ideation. Please beware of this drug. I've been taking this drug on and off for 4 years and because of a recent back surgery was put in pain killers. I decided to come off the pain killers and start using ambien to help me sleep through my chronic pain. I have never been depressed, but started to slowly sink into a dark hole. I would start crying at the drop of a hat. Mornings were the worst. It would start as soon as I woke up and I would get better as the day progressed. I have a beautiful family, young children, great job, great wife etc.. And had constant thoughts of suicide. I couldn't even get out of bed most days. I finally put it together and stopped taking the Ambien to see if that could be it. Anyways, it was!! Do a google search on Ambien and suicide. Scary stuff. Run from it. M 43 4 years
.5 1X D
2/27/2014

 1  insomnia Did not work. Groggy all day and 5 hours of restless sleep if I got lucky. Lunesta is much better. F 29 4 weeks
5mg 1X D
2/26/2014
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 2  to re set body clock. insomnia6. Requested a sleep aid to help reset body clock, after 3years of extreme fatiguefrom taking Tamoxifen- post breat cancer. Ambien seemed superb for first 3 or 4 days. Then, I started having amnesia with regard to conversatiins, put dog's Rx's in garbage can ...??? Excessively sleepy..weeping and depressed. Thien read these varied reviews. THANK GOD YOU HAVE THEM ON HERE! THANKS TO WOMAN WHO REPOSTS EVERY 9 MONTHS! I HAVE BEEN WARNED. THERE IS NO WAY I AM GOING DOWN THIS PATH. F 65 6 days
6.25 mg CR
2/21/2014
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 3  Insomnia After only one or two nights taking it, I was wired the following night unless I kept taking it M 49 1 days
5 MG
2/20/2014

 2  insomnia from pain I got out of bed and arranged naked light bulbs in my popcorn bowl so that they looked like giant popped kernels. Also: I had bizarre conversations that I later forgot. I ate junk food in the middle of the night. And i did not sleep deeply; continued to awaken often. F 53 5 years
10
2/10/2014

 5  Insomnia Ambien is great, I don't know what all these people are complaining about. If you're doing crazy sh!t then you're taking too much! I cut my pills in 1/4ths and it still works like a charm! I hope all these complainers don't ruin a good thing for the rest of us. M 34
2.5 1X D
1/21/2014

 5  work nights to sleep during day Mild drowsiness when waking F 47 2 years
10 mg
1/18/2014

 5  for sleep/nighttime anxiety no adverse side effects Ambien is great! Yes, I am on a double-dose, but not only does ambien provide immediate sleep for anxious insomniacs, contrary to Ambien CR-pushers, it does last, as well, it gives you a great daytime high; for me, I can pop at least 20 mg during waking hours, have some coffee, stay awake, and feel absolutely euphoric. This euphoria is accompanied by a funny/pleasant mouth feeling, but no hallucinations or ambien munchies. 5 out of 5. M 30 10 years
20 mg 1X D
12/27/2013

 1  couldn't sleep Awful ..scary ..was never told to hide the phone ..keys..car..whatever can do damage if you don't go to bed immediately..twice I apparently thought good idea to drive! But don't remember except when next thing I know someone trying to fix flat tire that I had no idea how got it..hate it and stopped all at once taking it..never again ..I Also prayed alot for help with withdrawal and was ok after 3 days.. F 50 3 months
10
11/24/2013

 1  insomnia dental problems weight gain increased depression excessive fatigue I took ambien for insomnia and became addicted, it nearly ruined my life. Like most people I would get up in the middle of the night and do random and weird things (mostly sleep eating), the difference is I would remember it the next day. While on it, I noticed that not only was I fatigued throughout the day and my depression worsened, but it destroyed my teeth. Never needing braces in my life, my teeth were straight and I was always told that I had a nice smile and then my teeth started chipping and crumbling; literally breaking apart and coming out in pieces while I was eating. I had to have two root canals and two crowns and one tooth extracted, another broke off at the gum line. I also had to go to a periodontist for root planing because I was at the beginning stages of gum disease. I had never had these problems in my life only when I was on ambien, now that I have been off it they have subsided, but a lot of damage has been done. I remember waking up in the morning having to take huge amounts of ibuprofen every few hours because my mouth and jaw were in excruciating pain from all the grinding I would do in my sleep. While I was on it, if I couldn't get it I would become extremely anxious and freak out, lashing out at people. I also gained an immense amount of weight due to the sleep eating, I remember getting up in the middle of the night and doing it unlike most people. For me it made me crave food and intensified the taste of it, it would make me seek out things that F 35 2 years
10 mg 1X D
11/23/2013
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 4  chronic insomnia none This medication worked wonderfully for about 8 years. I would take 10 mg. before bed and get a great 8 hours of sleep and wake up feeling good and well rested. I never could figure out why doctors are always so reluctanct to prescribe zolpidem (ambien), because it helps tremendously. In recent months it has stopped working,and I am lucky to get 4 to 6 hrs. of sleep a night. The only thing that has changed is that now I am also taking a medication to lower my cholesterol. Since it no longer seem to be helping me sleep, I am trying to taper off, and now down to 5 mg. a night. F 59 9 years
5 - 10 mg 1X D
11/16/2013

 5  Insomnia I slept great, however, I'm pretty sure I got up and ate 2 pieces of pie. 42 10 days
20mg
10/27/2013
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 2  Insomnia No side effects except one where I had sex while I was sleeping, but that was my fault as I combined it with another hypnotic drug out of desperation for some good sleep; this brings me to the satisfaction of this drug which was very poor for me. I could only count on a very short amount of sleep of 2 hours or less. 1 months
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10/17/2013

 1  insomnia Addiction, hallucinations, amnesia, nightmares, hands shaking in the morning-violently and then through out the day to the point of not being able to write or sign my name without shaking or jerking my hands. Then I would have anxiety through out the day. I took care of my Mother when she was dying from COPD. It was very hard, very stressful. I could not fall asleep. I started taking ambien. At first it worked, but then I couldn't sleep without it. It went from short term to over 4 years. I had gotten online and spent money I didn't have; gone on facebook and said strange things; have severe amnesia; hallucinations; nightmares; anxiety throughout the day; and wake up with my hands shaking violently-uncontrollable; hands shaking throughout the day to the point of not being able to write or sign my name or hold a cup and try to drink out of it or to hold a fork or spoon and try to eat. Shaking and skaking. I took myself off of ambien but I am STILL shaking. I have even had to have my aortic valve replaced. My doctor said he couldn't explain why I had the heart problem because he normally sees it in 71+yrs old. (I'm 47) He did say that ambien could have played a part in that. I have found some research that suggests that ambien can cause heart issues in some people. F 47 4 years
10MG 1X D
9/28/2013
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 5  Situational Anxiety, Panic Mild fatigue When facing a difficult task or criticism, my mind tends to freeze up and anxiety spikes to an uncontrollable heights. Only 1/2 of 0.5mg pill keeps me from loosing it totally in front of others and gives me back good control of my emotions. In an extremely stressful situations, I add another half of the pill. It takes about 15 min for X. to kick in and lasts close to 8 hours. I have tried several antidepressants with rather unpleasant side effects and Xanax seems to be the only med that works for me. F 38 2 years
0.125 3X W
9/22/2013

 1  chronic insomnia While taking Ambiens, I slept walked, ate, cleaned, cooked, made bon-fires, seen a cat that wasn't there, took more ambiens in my sleep without knowing it and eventually, got in a car and was in an accident. I'm being charged for this. Lawyer makes it sound so hopeless. But I would never intentionally put others at harm by driving in that condition. I am thankful I didn't harm anything but the car. Glad I didn' t accidentally overdose. A very scary and upsetting situation. Cindy F 42 1 years
20mg
9/11/2013
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 5  chronic insominia none This medication allows me to get a full night's sleep, awakening rested and refreshed. F 60 10 years
10 mg 1X D
8/3/2013

 4  Insomnia, night shift worker I've tried every sleep aid available, and switched to Ambien when Sonata stopped working. I take a very large dose due to 16 yrs of working nightshift. This is the only way I can sleep. That being said, the major problem is amnesia. I have cooked, given my kids money, held conversations and much more, all the while I appear to be normal and awake. I have no recollection of these activities until my family starts talking about them. Also, the scariest problem, I like other users, have unknowingly taken more pills than prescribed throughout the night. The worst episode, best I can guess, is I took 10-15. My husband found me laying on the floor next to the bed, and I could not walk. I eventually ended up falling twice into furniture, and again woke up hours later on the floor, so bruised and battered I looked like I'd been beaten. I give the bottle to my husband now, and haven't had a repeat of that night. Overall, it works to put you to sleep, but it can make one act crazy. F 42 6 years
20mg
7/5/2013

 1  Chronic insomnia Amnesia, anxiety.. I post this every 9 months or so. All drugs affect everyone differently, but I want to share my opinion on this horrendous drug. I cycled through Ambien for years. I would take it for 2 weeks or so every 4-8 months..2 years ago, I had an amnesia episode and I took 10 pills.. I want people to understand that I took this medicine responisbly. I would go right to bed. Be forewarned, just because you have never had an episode, does not mean you won't. I never really liked ambien but my sleep issues are horrendous. If you feel you must take it, one word of advice. DO NOT keep the bottle near your bed. I didnt realize for 3 days what I had done, but I knew it was the ambien. The anxiety was so horrific I finally realized why people kill themselves. It has been over 2 years now, and no amount of money would ever make me take an Ambien again. M 43 3 years
10mg 1X D
6/17/2013
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 5  Insomnia I take ambien 1-2 times a month when my insomnia is really bad. Knocks me out within 30 minutes of taking it. I've never done anything weird or gotten up in the night. I wake up 7-8 hours later fully rested. F 41 6 days
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6/10/2013

 5  Chronic insomnia I have had sleeping problems ever since I could remember. Ambien has been a god send. I have had minimal side effects such as vivid dreams and having conversations with people and not remembering it the next day. The trick is to take it 15 minutes before bed and lay down with no electronics on and just close your eyes. Don't try to stay awake. That's where people are having the major side effects. F 23 3 years
10 mg
6/10/2013

 1  insomnia next day grogginess, after taking a few days in a row developed intense depression and anxiety took for 3 days a week for about 3 weeks. This drug is awful. I can't wait to feel like myself again. Stopping TONIGHT! F 25
5mg 1X D
5/30/2013
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 1  Insomnia Worked great for helping me to sleep, but the next day I'd be in this sort of dream-like state, and say things I normally wouldn't - which is particularly a problem when sending emails. I'd also discover that I posted a comment on my friend's timeline on FB that I don't remember posting - I'm just lucky that the comment I made wasn't offensive. Moreover, i just feel as though this toxic poison is pulsing thru my veins, causing me to feel terrible. I would definitely avoid this drug. M 42 2 days
30 mg 1X D
5/16/2013
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 1  Could not fall asleep I had Ambien Amnesia. The first time I know about, I fell, with my head hitting the sidewalk, a head concussion and broken arm. I was taken to the hospital, spent 3 days in ICU and had every test you could think of. They never put the pieces togeather. Since then there have been 6 times that I am aware of. How many times I have had Ambien Amnesia I will never know. For 2 years, I have been scared, thinking something was really wrong with me. F 65 2 years
1 1X D
5/6/2013
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 3  Insomnia Amnesia It helped me sleep, when I actually got into bed. Even if I took it and went straight to bed, I would get up and cook or do some other activity and have NO recollection of it. I am lucky my husband was home, because I also had lost any impulse control. I was worried that I would get in a car and drive, killing myself and others. Such a scary thought. F 36 2 months
10 MG 1X D
5/3/2013
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 1  sleep problems Amnesia, severe memory problems, fatigue during day as if I never slept well. At first it was "helpful" but then it seemed to cause paradoxical sleep problems. This drug is meant for short term use and it does not help with sleep in fact it supresses deep sleep and increases light sleep leading to unrefreshed sleep. Built tolerance and needed higher dose. It has a short half life even the CR so it is in your system for only 3 hours. M 44 5 months
5mg 1X D
4/24/2013

 1  sleeping issues. i rarely used it. i know for a fact it contributed to random nightmares, i've never experienced nightmares in my life. this substance can be useful if you exert control over your usage,not use it often and avoid tolerance build up... the nightmares alone were sufficient as a message to tell me to stop. the dreams this substance cause are simply terrible. i also once experienced a quick auditory hallucination of an evil laugh right before i was going to sleep and that was on 10mg. M 30 2 months
10mg 1X W
3/26/2013

 4  lack of sleep Got to sleep ok, but often, woke up after about 4hrs of sleep, wide awake could not go back to sleep F 34 6 months
10mg 2X W
3/18/2013
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 4  Insomnia Hypnotic sedation I was prescribed this for my insomnia problem which required medical attention. All I can say is it cured my problem of not being able to fall asleep like a charm. But I soon noticed that if I took it and stayed up on it, a very euphoric hypnotic state would set in and I loved how it made me feel. Lights looked brighter, objects appeared differently, and I would sometimes catch myself glancing at my reflection in the bathroom mirror after using the restroom and notice my reflection looking different to me. I once slept in my old bedroom at my parents' house and it had those glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling, and while looking up at them I saw them swirling all over the place and moving about. It was obviously a hallucination. I began wanting to take the drug even on nights I didn't need it because this hypnotic state was so relaxing. I soon realized how dangerous this was and asked my doctor to discontinue it (despite its sleep benefits) and put me on something else. I had trouble falling asleep for a week after I stopped taking it, but then it got better. Be very careful with this medication. M 28 1 years
10 1X AN
3/16/2013
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 5  chronic insomnia Most wonderful drug I have ever taken for my insomnia. It worked when nothing else did. Had slightly dry mouth. Otherwise, slept incredibly well & felt like it gave my life back. Would take it again in a heartbeat if needed. F 36 6 months
10 mg
3/11/2013
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 5  Insomniac I had double vision in one eye once for one hour after taking Ambien daily for a week. This drug is a life saver. I cut the pills into fourths and take 1/4 nightly. Then I skip Friday nights and switch to Unisom sleep melts for a night or 2 to break any potential addiction. I take 1/2 tablet only if I really need to catch up on extra sleep. I have an extremely stressful job as a dentist and with any high stress job, you may notice memory loss with or without Ambien, because the brain is only capable of retaining a limited amount of storage. I write everything down and back it up on my computer to save my brain cells. Since I take such a low dose, I have successfully averted all side effects. Ambien works for me and 1 other friend of mine who takes 1/2 tablet...she does notice eating things and not remembering but note she takes more than I . F 49 2 years
10 1X D
3/10/2013

 1  sleep/almost started a fire. Smoked cigarette.don't remember. next day found partial burned cigarette on vinyl floor near front door. i ALWAYS make sure cigarette is out in ash tray. do no smoke anywhere else except near ashtray. burned a half dollar size in vinyl flooring. my mom just died & i couldn't sleep.everything else given for sleep gave me hyper-awake. this drug is downright scary. NO MEMORY! F 62 3 days
8 0r 10?
3/6/2013

 1  Insomnia My wife took this briefly. Last dosage was 24 hours ago, and she is still having dreams that are very real to her. Last nights incident was very scary, she was crazed about playing this game, it was a role playing one for teamwork building T work. She was walking all around (stumbling actually) our house looking for the people she needed to get signitures from. When I made her aware of what was going on, after glimpsing insanity in her eyes, she broke down and started crying uncontrollably. All day long, she has been losing balance, dropping things and having realistic daydreams. The confusion is alarming, and, she is experiencing memory loss as well. This drug is a NIGHTMARE!!!! F 62 3 days
3/4/2013
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 1  Insomnia Worked great at first! But then I would be getting up every 1 1/2 hr and take another one an not remember. Then all the crazy stuff started happening would get up and not remember eating, driving, sex, going to the neighbors. It's the scariest feeling not remembering that you did something. This drug should not be prescribed! I still can't sleep but I would rather it be that way then taking that crap!. F 35 5 months
1x day
2/23/2013
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 3  YEARS of insomnia Nightmares! F 39 1 days
10
2/19/2013
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 5  insomnia Everyone reacts differently to meds. Ambien is my savior. Its the first and last prescription sleep aid I will ever have. No complaints- no crazy dreams or shopping sprees. Sometimes I even stay up an hour or 2 after taking it and im fine. As soon as I lay down, I fall right asleep. No problems here. Love ambien! F 25 6 months
5mg
2/14/2013

 1  insomnia This is a horrible drug that can RUIN your life as you know it. The pharmeceutical companies benefit - you do NOT. The only true complainers about this med being taken off the market are addicts - don't believe me? Read the posts. After almost ruining my career, marriage and general reputation, I quit Ambien 2 years ago. I had been mercilessly plagued with chronic insomia for years and knew that hell that brings.... Oh, haha, you ate some food and don't remember it? Order something online and forget? Have great sex and your partner likes you more? How about not remembering driving and getting a DUI? How about going to your neighbor's house and screwing the husband there? How about taking a nap and leaving your kids at school to where the police are called? That could easily be you!! I know a small percentage of persons have no problem with Ambien, but it is the devils drug. The ones that complain are freaking ADDICTS that can't get any other good crap online anymore. And to the gentleman that wondered about memory loss? I would constatnly forget the names of office mates and even my own phone number...... The Drug gods are reaping blood money. Ambien can and will kill you. Ther are non-narcotic sleep aids out there - knock off wanting to get high and utilize them. I take an anti-psychoic that knocks me out for 6-8 hours with no other side effects... F 49
20mg 1X D
2/14/2013

 3  Insomnia Ambien always seems to work unless I have a filling late evening meal before going to bed. My biggest concern is whether Ambien is tied to my almost ridiculous memory loss. I go through every average day trying desperately to remember simple facts and tasks. I essentially have no memory left. I don't like it and want to get off of Ambien. It's a little scary for my wife sometimes because I've got to stay lucid & coherent to work a demanding job. I would love to hear if other people experience such memory loss throughout the work day. M 62 2 years
10mg
2/12/2013
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 1  sleeplessness Ambien was prescribed for my brother, late in 2011, after a bitter divorce left him sressed. My brother complained of extremely vivid dreams and hallucinations while on it. My brother discontinued it's use and relied on otc medication to help him sleep. Late 2012, he was again given Ambien to help him sleep. He hadn't been on it very long when we found him deceased as a result of self inflicted injuries. I'm convinced the Ambien must have caused more hallucinations that resulted in his death. If I can reach one person, it's worth it. Please stay away from this medication! M 47 10 days
2/12/2013

 3  Insomnia I'm an insomniac. I've taken ambien a few times a month on and off for years. When I wake up I feel fine but I've done a lot of questionable things on it and stopped using it entirely now. I've gone on Internet shopping sprees, had sleepy sex and said really outrageous nonsensical things to my boyfriend, and raided the fridge on it before I've fallen asleep. I have no recollection until seeing the email receipt, empty fridge or hearing my boyfriends story. I can kind of laugh about these ambien episodes because I'm with a loved one- but I can see it being extremely dangerous for someone alone or amongst people that might take advantage of the state they are in. I've been taking a natural thing called VHP which seems to help me sleep without any of the crazy side effects. Definitely proceed with caution with ambien. F 34 1 days
1/28/2013

 4  Insomnia Ambien works for me. I need to sleep. Ambien puts me to sleep. Side effects are some "spaciness" the next day, blackouts at night after taking. I actually ordered a pair of shoes off of eBay, another night a DVD from Amazon and have absolutely no memory of the purchases. My rule now is NO Internet after 11 pm. F 48 2 years
10 mg
1/27/2013

 2  Sleep This medication is a hypnotic agent, meaning it induces a state of amnesia. I took Ambien for two years because I could not fall asleep at night. It did help me fall asleep. However I NEVER felt rested the next day. I just couldn't figure out why I was SO incredibly tired all the time because I always thought I got a restful night's sleep. HERE'S AMBIEN'S DIRTY SECRET: Because this med is a hypnotic, you "feel" like you got good sleep because your brain literally doesn't remember - IT INDUCES AMNESIA- You end up assuming you got good sleep because you FORGET in the AM that you didn't! I have stopped taking it after two years of nightly use and replaced with a Melatonin/5-HTP supplement for the past 3 days. I HAVE NEVER felt so rested! I can tell such a difference. Turns out I wasn't sleeping well at all- I just didn't remember in the morning. F 31 2 years
1/23/2013

 4  sleep aid First week or so I'd feel drugged/drowsy for the first part of the day. That gradually decreased as the days went on though. Have taken ambien on 2 separate occassions for 30-90 day spans of time. Taken to help me get myself back on a regular sleep schedule. F 42 60 days
10 mg 1X D
1/11/2013
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 1  Lifelong sleep issues Amnesia, overdose Every once in a while I post about the dangers. I am a terrible sleeper and have cycled through meds. I was never a fan of Ambien but every 9 months or so I would take it for 2 weeks. 2 years ago, I had an amnesiac episode where evidently in the middle of the night I took 10 pills. I did not realize I did this for three days and suffered through the most horrendous anxiety that really made me understand why people kill themselves. I found out what had happened and was able to go into my local hospital for a few days to be treated and calm down. I always took the med responsibly. I would go right to bed. Everyone needs to be aware that even if you have never had an issue before, it does not mean this can not happen to you. I find Ambien to be such a toxic and dangerous drug, I would never touch this pill again... ever. M 43 2 weeks
10mgs 1X D
1/5/2013

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