Drug Ratings for AMBIEN

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 2  Abnormal Sleep Patterns Nervousness, Twitchiness, Fever, Chills, Panick Attacks, Thoughts of Suicide, Thought Loops, Hallucinations, Amnesia. I always assume that people exaggerate when they list side effects and experiences with drugs, but I assure you I am not. I was ok while I was on the medication, maybe more irritable and angry, but the first night after not taking Ambien, I was a complete and utter wreck. I have never had such strong thoughts of wanting to commit suicide in my life. The side effects from dealing with the dependence of this medication are very uncomfortable. Also, every night I took the drug, I would hallucinate before I fell asleep. I had grand euphoric emotions and all my problems would be solved in my head. Eventually I grew tolerant to the medication and would wake up hallucinating. One night in particular, I got out of bed and spoke to a friend on the phone. The next day I spoke to that friend and had no recollection of the night before. Dangerous drug in my opinion. Only use this if you have moderate to severe insomnia. M 23 17 days
6/8/2006
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 1  Insomnia Halucinations, very scary, stopped taking it all together after two nights. I took the recommended dosage, 10 mg. I was prescribed this drug even though I suffered from depression, shame on my doctor, since this drug is not meant for people who suffer from depression or psycotic disorders. This is a very bad sleeping aid. F 23 2 days
6/12/2006
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 1  insomnia hallucinations, sleep walking, panic attacks I took this a few years ago and I would never, ever recommend this sleep aid to anyone. While on this, I hallucinated that my backpack was turning into a monster and that my reflection in the mirror had changed into a demon. I also went sleep walking for the first time in my life -- a friend found me wandering the halls of my dorm in my underwear. Absolutely terrifying, and it sure didn't help me sleep. F 23 2 weeks
4/30/2009

 1  Insomnia This drug is nuts. It freaked me out, I fell asleep and then woke up and started calling people, wandering around outside. I woke up with cuts on my arm too, and I'm not like that. I am completely stable and live a normal life. I don't have any recollection whatsoever of what I did. Probably the scariest thing that's ever happened to me. The last memory I have is falling asleep. M 23
8/13/2008

 1  insomnia hallucinated, dry mouth, great depression, feeling of flying. I cannot clearly explain it in words. When I took Ambien, I had similar side effects as to someone on a cocaine high. I felt as if I could fly, I couldn't sleep. I felt like I was losing my mind. During the second week of taking this medication I became unaware of my actions and took more of the drug. Approximately consuming twenty five pills. I woke up the next day in the hospital in the psychiatric ward. I do suffer from depression, but it has never been so extreme that I would ever think of harming myself. I was completely unaware of my actions and was shocked to be in the hospital, and embarrassed. My roommate told me I tried putting makeup on our cats and I did other unusual things. I would not recommend this drug. As ridiculous as my comment sounds, it was true. I overdosed on this medication, not even intending to do so. Think twice before taking this drug, many people have had similar side effects or reactions as me. This drug caused me medical bills, embarrassment, and two days in the hospital. Nonetheless, I sti F 23 2 weeks
10/11/2006

 5  Insomnia feeling completely out of it It was a Godsend. F 22 3 months
7/30/2005

 5  insomnia euphoria, sexual arousal i am taking this drug for the second time for insomnia. the first time i was given only 5 10mg pills and they worked great. i have zero complaints for this drug. it truly does work like a dream. and the aphrodisiac effect was nice too ;) F 22 1 days
5/25/2004

 5  I could not fall sleep. I felt like the room was spinning, and I felt myself literally being pulled down I loved it! I woke up refreshed. F 22 4 days
10/11/2002
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 5  insomnia when the ambien first starts to take effect i feel like a slight high, feeling really heavy, and slightly seeing and hearing things...But that only last 5-10mins it seems like. I've been taking Ambien EQ for about a week, and I love it. I get to work on time and I am finally getting sleep. I get all eight hours, and when I wake up I am not drowsy or feeling hung over. F 22 1 weeks
5/31/2007

 5  Insomnia, early wakening Hallucinations if I try to stay awake after taking it, no drowsiness the next day Truly a saviour. The only sleep med I have found that doesn't completely knock me on my ass... I don't feel tired the next day. Things get a little weird if I try to resist sleep, so I wouldn't bother. Works very quickly if you don't have anything in your stomach. I'm a little worried about the addiction potential, so I don't take it all the time... but it has really improved the quality of my life. F 22 2 years
5/21/2005
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 5  insomnia Very dizzy, half-dream-like state, kinda fun actually. Works like a charm, but I have been very careful to not overmedicate. F 22 2 years
2/10/2005

 5  insomnia due to lupron mild memory loss, almost euphoic state, well rested in the morning I was scared to take it after looking at this site. I had been taking 25 mg of dyphenhydramine (benadryl, sominex, etc.) and decided to switch to ambien. I felt very relaxed, was on the computer for a while, and went to sleep as soon as I got in the bed. HOWEVER, when I woke up, I noticed that I added 32 more to my top friends on myspace. haha i know, nothing serious, but i was like, "whooaaaa, what the hell." and i deleted most of them while my mind was clear :) i would recommend this drug, but not every night. F 22 1 days
1/27/2008

 5  insomnia, anxiety no side effects. i don't understand any of the reported side effects because the proper way to take this medication is immediately before bed and then getting in and staying in bed. cooking and cleaning or even attempting to stay up after taking it is ridiculous. what do you expect? i am on the 12.5mg CR version and it works great. F 22 2 months
12/15/2006

 5  Insomnia Hallucinations, some other crazy stuff. I love this drug! Makes me sleep like a baby, makes me sexually aroused, gives me awesome hallucinations, and an equally awesome high. Even better when NOT taken at night for sleep. Chills me out. No negative side effects, mild memory loss. Highly recommended for a benzo-effect; that is, taken during the day to relax and hallucinate. M 22 1 years
7/15/2006

 5  depression/stress-induced insomnia I suffered from absolutely no harmful side effects; the Doctors expect their patients to follow directions. Ambien is meant to help you get back on track. That's why its suggested dosage period is only 7-10 days. You take it at the same time every night and establish a good sleep cycle. Then save the rest for the really bad nights. Everyone's body is different, so some people's bodies will react negatively, others positively. So some may find physical/psychological dependence, others may not. Take it as directed, not to stay awake through. I took this years ago (on and off for a few weeks at a time, only a couple nights a week), and the times my body did fight the sleep, the most I got out of it were hilarious e-mails to my best friends and making real sure that my mom noticed how pretty the stairs were. Like with any drug, just be smart about it. Ambien helped me get back on track, and I had no problems F 22
8/23/2005

 4  insomnia euphoria - dream like state, gibberish, truthiness, goofiness. apparantly good sex but who knows. random phone calls galore. if you drink on it your the life of the party or the ass of it. i have done this drug dumb a lot. try your best not to drink on it because you do comepletly irrational things on it, but sometimes it works out in your favor. been layed many times (too bad dont remember it until the next morning) M 22 3 years
10/3/2007

 4  Insomnia It works but it makes you crazy if you don't go to bed right away. My friend stayed over one night and after taking it, I started beating him up for no reason. I woke up the next day sore because of the "rough play" and had to recollection of the event. Otherwise it works fine. Took it when needed 2 - 3 times a week. M 22
3/4/2009
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 3  Insomnia Slurred Speech, Complete Blackouts Before Bed, One Night My Roomate Had To Carry Me Up The Steps To bed, Closest Feeling Is Like Being Drunk. I Have woken Up To Texts i Dont Remember Sending, And Literally Hundreds Of Songs Downloaded And Not Remembering Any Of It. I Need To Start Going To Bed Right After, Cause I usaully Take It Then Wait An Hour And A Half When I Feel It Kick In. I'm Not Sure If I Should Stop Taking It All Together Or Caustiously Take It. M 22 3 weeks
10 1X D
9/15/2010

 1  Wife: Labor. Me: Insomnia from pain Amnesia, psychotic behavior. My wife took ambien in the hospital while in labor. Her doctor gave it to her to sleep after she was induced. She woke up in the middle of the night trying to pull her IV out and was confused where she was and what was going on. She started acting very psychotic and demanding a c-section so they gave her one. After she got out she was still confused about what was going on. Apparently she tried smearing blood on a nurse who was cleaning her the blood from her vaginal area after surgery. The next day child protective services show up and claim her "bizarre behavior" was enough reason to take our newborn child away. After a week the child was released into our grandparents custody then another couple weeks into my custody and several months later my wife now has custody after months of parenting classes, mental exams and such. Almost 3 months later and several court dates later we are just about to take all custody away from the state. What CPS did was wrong, but if M 22 1.5 months
11/12/2006

 5  Insomnia euphoria, sexual arrousal, when staying awake feeling as if there are other people with you even though you are alone... the next day, a bit of sinus headache..amnesia from events while awake and had taken ambien. I sincerely believe that if you try to stay awake while taking this drug it brings your conscious and subconsious to the same level making you do things that you would never do consciously, but subconsciously want to do, it makes you primal..and you can hallucinate things (dreaming while awake) because youre mind is put to sleep but your body is not. staying awake on ambien can be very very dangerous if you are not supervised. (and i love it) M 21 1 years
10/4/2005

 5  Insomnia None I love Ambien! Makes me so horny and chill. Almost like bud without the anxiety or munchies. Ambien is just fine, day or night! M 21 2 months
6/29/2006

 5  insomnia caused by stress/traumas holy hallucinating batman! I've only taken this twice, but that is the main side effect for me. I am laughing my ass off reading these comments as if I'm currently on the drug. they are all so accurate! within minutes the first night the table became a lizzard. but I'm a smart cookie and knew that meant it was time to get to bed. while in bed the walls were moving and the bed was floating as if I were in a boat. strange. but I slept very well. the second time I took this I went straight to bed but it took me several minutes to fall asleep. when it kicked in I ended up calling my boyfriend though I had just been on the phone with him. I told him that there were people in here all staring at me and angry-like. the water bottle was bending over to look at me. the laundry bags became people and the bed was shaking a lot. he said it sounded like I was on drugs. needless to say he is worried and does not want me to take this anymore. but I slept a solid 8 hours each time I took this and felt I laughed so much over the "ambien date" comment a few reviews down. I can't say it made me "aroused" but the next day AFTER when I did not take ambien, I had very um "graphic" dreams and ended up waking up for fear of acting them out in my sleep. F 21 2 days
3/5/2006

 5  insomnia and anxiety The only side effect I had was it made me feel weird. When the ambien kicked in it felt weird to eat and touch anything. And everything just seemed to slow down to slow motion. Other then that this drug saves my life. Without it I would still be up for days at a time F 21 1 days
50 MG
3/3/2012
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 5  Sleep and Anxiety Grogginess in the morninging if I didn't get atleast 8 hours of sleep. M 21 3 weeks
9/11/2008

 5  Insomnia At first, euphoria. It didn't put me to sleep unless I took two or three. When I wanted to experience a buzz, I took one. The sour note is Ambien no longer gives me euphoria or buzzes, no matter how many or few pills I take. It just puts me to sleep. So I guess it does what it suppose to. Euphoria and party-feelings eventually end. So enjoy them while they last. Either that or they changed the formula and took out a molecule that caused the buzzes, something the heck happened. M 21 7 months
11/27/2007

 5  insomnia none I found ambien very helpful in treating my sleep problems. I experienced no side effects and I slept through the night. I took it about 1-2 hours b4 bed time to prevent a "sleep pill hangover" F 21 1 months
11/19/2007

 5  insomnia crazy hallucinations, memory loss for getting sleep it's not worth very much but the fun i had made up for the lack of sleep. i always seemed to end up naked and delirious in the living room. M 21 10 times
10/30/2004

 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

 4  InSoMniA Well...Hallucinating. Making VERY weird phone calls in the middle of the night singing songs to random people, telling the blunt truth(Told my friend he was ugly with short hair) hearing random voices, delusional thoughts such as little kids in my room, having sex There is absolutley no side effects if you use as directed. The nights that I went right to bed, I didnt have these effects. Although sometimes, ill be laying there in bed after taking one pill and am not tired so i get up and then that is when all these effects happen F 21 365 days
3/13/2008

 4  Sleep I've never had issues sleeping but I was put on this drug when I was in a psychiatric ward. It works quickly, and for the first few weeks helps you to get a great nights sleep. Don't walk around after taking it, you need to lie down for it to really be effective. Also, if you don't lie down, you will do things and completely not remember doing them. Causes nightmares if taken for more than a few weeks, insomnia, tired when you first wake up, tolerance builds. I tried to kill myself and ended up in the hospital for a few days under suicide watch which was terrifying and hallucinated about all sorts of things such as bugs crawling up/down the walls. F 21
10 MG 1X D
10/5/2011
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 4  to sleep hiccups, runny nose I feel like I can't think strait so I have to go to bed immediately! F 21 2 months
6/23/2006

 4  insomnia oh there are so many, i wake up and find food missing, or a mess from the night before(making mac n cheese at 2 am etc), ive driven miles to a friends house and after acting strangely they questioned if i had taken my ambien yet, i had.i wake up to random text messages, and read the ones i sent which dont make any sense. And thats all i know about, ive been told about other odd behavior interactions ive had. Despite the odd side effects, i wouldnt discontinue ambien, it is the only sleeping pill on the market that helps me sleep. without it, i go all night long thinking about sleep, but not actually doing it. F 21 2 years
11/13/2006

 2  to sleep hallucinations F 21 1 days
11/15/2004

 2  insomnia,pstd hallucinations,memory loss,cant control bladder,suicidal thoughts,slurred speech i initially started taking it for sleep. i also was depressed so i eventually started taking it to get high..i would hallucinate and have conversations with the "devil" out loud.he would tell me to take the whole bottle.I kept peeing in bed.I liked the feeling it gave me because i said whatever i wanted to say and didnt care about anyones feelings.But overall i am a single mom and that behavior could not continue.I decided after a week that would not take it again. F 21 1 weeks
1/16/2010

 1  Insomnia I learned first hand the difference between a delusion and a hallucination and it was not fun at all. The only things I actually remember was the blinds downstairs were clacking together and I was convinced there was a lion in the den eating my dogs and the clacking was their bones breaking, and there was a green fairy with shifty eyes that wanted to steal my right kidney. Apparently after taking it I texted a friend "10 foot long strands of multicolored spaghetti are filling the room" she immediately called my boyfriend who woke up and found me crying and screaming uncontrollably in the bathroom. He spent the next 6 hours holding me because I was trying to knock down a cabinet with my head because I thought there was a monster in there trying to escape and eat me, and I was convinced that leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) was walking on the roof with an ax. I also lost most of my voluntary muscle movements. Those were the really prominent ones that he told me about. F 21 1 days
7/30/2009

 1  Insomnia Twenty minutes after taking Ambien I fell asleep. Shortly after that I began sleepwalking. I don't remember much after that except for throwing up but my husband said I couldn't stand, walk or talk. The few words I did say were creepy. I began throwing up and couldn't physically breath. Luckily he got me back in bed and calm. I fell asleep but woke up several times trying to talk to him. He could only make out a few words but again they were scary. In all I woke up several times and ended up staying in bed three hours. When I woke up I had very little memory of any of it. I felt incredibly nauseous and laid in bed all day. Later that day I ended up throwing up several times. It made me throw up every time I ate. Overall, terrible experience! F 21 1 days
10/30/2009
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 1  Insomnia Memory loss, sleep eating, sleep sex, hallucinations, and violent outbursts. I've been off Ambien for 3.5 years and my vision isn't still isn't normal: I have permanent tracers and find it difficult to focus on any fast-moving object. I started taking this drug when I was 15 and didn't stop until I was 17. I therefore have 2+ years of unremembered nights. A few examples of what I was told I did under the influence of Ambien: called/texted/instant messaged people with aggressive messages (both sexual and violent); threatened my father; spoke in gibberish; wandered around my house and street; took extra Ambien; had sex; and drank alcohol. However, the worst by far was tearing open my chest with a razor blade. My mother walked in and found me in a pool of blood. I have no memory of this. When she called my boyfriend over to help calm me down, I hallucinated he was my rapist (the reason I was taking Ambien in the first place) and cowered in a corner begging him not to hurt me again. This drug blew my mind apart and left me with a mutilated chest. Please be careful when taking this. F 21 2.5 years
9/23/2009
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 1  insomnia/depression Sleep eating, walking, talking, texting, calling others; then the final: sleep driving. Totaled my car. Thank God nobody else was hurt. Lacerated bladder, brain bleed. Dont take this shit! SOOOO sorry for the losses so many have had. I could easily become dependent upon Ambien. Sleep is so important and I've been sleep deprived for years, esp now as a college student and band member. M 21 4 months
11/6/2009

 1  insomnia Hard to wake up, lack of sexual desire, confusion woke up naked in neighbors front yard one night, ths drug is poison! M 21 5 days
4/17/2007

 1  Insomnia The side effects at first werent that bad. The first thing I realized is that I had to take the medication about 2-3 hours before bed and then just sit in bed with my eyes closed. It worked for about 1-2 weeks and then after that did nothing but keep me up all night long. The next side affect I experinced was visuals. Things crawling in my bathroom floor, the walls moving, etc. This made it even harder to go to sleep. After that the worst symptom I had was the feeling I might not wake up in the morning. My chest would feel very tight and hard to breath. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE!!!! Valium works much better! Now when I take it I dont go to bed until 3am. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION IF YOU HAVE SEVERE SLEEPING PROBLEMS, SHORT FIX BUT MAKES SLEEPING HARDER. F 21 1 months
1/7/2009

 1  Insomnia NONE makes me manic (bipolar disorder) F 21 1 years
10 MG 1X D
1/3/2012

 1  insomnia sleep walking,sexual aggressive One night i stayed up watching tv in bed after taking my ambien,my boyfriend said i got up saying i was cooking biscuits ,i turned the stove top on instead of the oven,im very thankful he was there to turn it off behind me and didnt burn the apartments down,then he said i kept asking if anybody else was in the house??repeativly?and said i was very agressive during sex and nothing like "myself" very scary experience F 21 1 years
10mg 1X D
5/19/2010

 5  Insomnia Take this drug for sleep not to get high and all those other people saying don't take this it ruins lives.… M 20 4 years
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5/19/2012

 5  Insomnia If I don't go to bed soon after I take it, I have long rambling conversations with people that I don't remember later and apparently don't make much sense to them either. I love ambien. For about 3 months before I started taking it I was lucky to get 2 hours of sleep a night. I can't sleep without it now but it really does help and the side effects are manageable and well worth it. F 20 2 years
1/10/2009
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 5  Insomnia due to depression Blacking out, Hallucinations, Great sleep, Greater Sex, Double-Vision, Really Happy Mood, Addiction........Fun I started taking ambien that was prescribed by my doctor due to lack of sleep i was getting and he felt it was due to depression, whatever the case, i started taking it two at a time from the beginning because one did nothing for me.....so it was good sleep and eventually i realized if i stayed awake, which was surprisingly easy, i could get a crzy high.....i would be happy as ever laughing at everything and loving everyone......i would forget hours at a time only remembering a lil bit here and there......it was great.....it became my thing to do.....to have fun....like getting drunk.......the bad thing is u can become easily addicted to this drug....it is a narcotic....i would take 3 or 4 and not remember taking another 4 or 5 until i realizec that they were gone the next morning.....people told me i was getting bad with it and i simply ignored them.....i would have sex on ambien and go for hours and hours on end.......it was a great time......however i am not going to recommend anyon M 20 2 months
6/7/2008

 5  insomnia horney as hell i tried to pork everything. my neighbor (she was hot though), my coworkers, my brothers wife, my sister-in-law, my poor sister, my poor dog . . . it was just unbelievable. . . and the best part is that i could not remember all of it . . . just the good parts M 20 1 years
9/17/2008

 5  Chronic Insomnia As long as I go to sleep right after taking it, there are no side effects. If I stay awake, as everyone else has mentioned, I experience anterograde amnesia, behavioural changes, vivid visual hallucinations, etc. Upon withdrawal there are unusual dreams. Ambien is one of the most amazing medications I've ever taken. The side effects only manifest if I stay awake after taking the pill. I take 10mg a night, which usually gets me around 4-6 hours of sleep, which is impressive to me. My insurance doesn't cover the CR version, but I have taken a few of them, and they gave me a full night's rest in time and energy. M 20 4 years
4/11/2009

 5  Insomnia NONE! Made me feel a bit like I had taken a relaxer or anti-anxiety med. that made me look forward to taking it every night. very good side effect. no bad ones at all. except its very addictive. I love it. I was put on it and tried other things, lunesta, rozerem, otc meds, melatonin. nothing works as well as ambien. im on 10mg. i wake up every morning around 8am (im a college student and dont have class until noon) and I love it! I am rarely tired during the day. F 20 7 years
11/1/2007

 5  Insomnia Hallucinations. Memory Loss. Cannot control body - I only experience these if I haven't ate within the past few hours, and am not laying in bed. If you stay up and have an empty stomach you will more than likely experience Farries dancing, impersonaiting stars, odd behavior, falling. If you take it correctly you are fine, but it's fun to get a lil high off it ever once in a while! F 20 4 months
8/2/2006

 5  Insomnia - Post Migraine None Highly effective, I almost feel as if I'm pushed down into bed, when I lay down. I have been using 5-10mg 2-3 times a week for 4-5 years. Superior to Sonata & Halcion. Doesn't seem to lose effectiveness. M 20 5 years
2/23/2005

 5  Insomnia If I stayed awake, I remember being totally coherent in what I was doing, I knew I was under the effects of the drug, and felt completely fine. Amnesia the next day did not phase me, and I gradually remembered bits and pieces of my night. Granted you are supposed to be IN BED when you take it, do not let negative reviews turn you off. The people who write them either did not go to bed immediately, or just cannot handle sedatives. I have taken up to 30mg in a dose to treat my insomnia, and it works like MAGIC. As I type this, I am 30 minutes into a 20mg dose, and as you can see I am not psychotic or anything. Ambien is not for everyone, and if you are a whiner or hypochondriac, DO NOT take it. That leads to people who most likely never needed Ambien freaking out becase they experience KNOWN side effects, and scaring those who could benifit from it away. Here's a hint for all of you negative nancys...TURN OFF OR UNPLUG YOUR PHONE, HIDE YOUR KEYS, TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER, AND EAT BEFORE YOU TAKE IT. (It also helps to be IN bed after you take it...dont try and get a "trip" or force yourself to stay awake... M 20 40 days
4/9/2007

 4  insomnia dizzy, hallucinations, like eating magic mushrooms, crazy trip, trouble telling reality from imagination, afraid I might do something crazy under the influene It works, you just might want to invest in a baby-sitter for yourself so you don't fall down the stairs or somehting. F 20 2 weeks
6/4/2007

 4  insomnia hullucinations resisting after taking it is bad. go to sleep immediately. i watched shadows move across walls, retreat and crawl back. i giggled and talked nonsense. i watched the furniture reaarange itself. taking ambien and going to sleep immediately caused no problems whatsoever. F 20 2 months
6/18/2007

 4  Insomnia Vivid and strange dreams, very dizzy after taking the medication.Made me think differently honestly if I didn't get to bed right away I felt like I had smoked pot. I did weird but (nothing harmful)things.But other than that I think it works great Being dizzy is common which is why you take it and get into bed. Why are people leaving comments about driving after they have taken this?? That's just stupid! After reading about the wild sex I can agree, I just never thought it could be the Ambien. F 20 8 months
8/8/2008
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 4  Sleep problems When I disregarded the instructions or took more than 1 a night, I would sleepwalk, have memory loss, eat excessively, and would often have strange dreams. If taken properly (meaning, taking only 1 and going to sleep very soon after) it works very well. If you don't do this, you're going to experience the side effects. M 20 1 years
10 1X D
9/15/2010

 4  insomnia/bipolar IF you seriously are trying to regulate your sleep schedule/gradually work your way down to an earlier "bedtime", you need to get into bed (with lights off, no computer, phone, etc) NO MORE than 10 mins after taking it. i personally have a hard time doing this simply because if i could (healthfully/logically) stay up 24 hrs/day, i would. i write in a journal before i go to sleep and i am always suprised with what i've written the night before. i've traced all the shadows on my wall, made strange concoctions in the kitchen which i've found the next morning, etc. feel good in the morning-able to wake up when i set an alarm, and usually without an alarm, without feeling groggy/hungover unlike other medications have been on. of course it completely depends what time you take it. the later you take it (after 2:30 am-ish) the later your body will naturally wake you up. i initially went on ambien temporarily, thinking it'd be about 2-3 months...it's been like 5ish months and stil using it, but i've started taking 5 mg instead of 10 mg and think i can definitely ween myself off as long as i'm serious about it. F 20 5 months
6/2/2009
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 3  Depression-induced insomia Hallucinations if I didn't go to bed and fall asleep immediately after taking 2 pills. I thought all the books on my shelf were falling down and going to smother me. THe biggest problem was that I was unable to have orgasms consistently. It would take lots of work and then it was weird, lots of pre-ejaculate and very little semen and sperm, followed by an anticlimax. The sensitivity is so great it is almostg numbing I did get twenty pages out of my book on ambien and they're some of the best stuff I've written in a while. I remember writing this, but only faintly, M 20 1 days
9/17/2005

 3  Problems staying asleep Ive been taking this drug on and off for about 8 months, everytime I take it I always find myself in lala land and I tend to pick up the phone and have crazy conversations and not remembering them the next day. But the sleep is awesome! I dont feel groggy the next day Be carful! DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE, Driving under the drug really makes you do crazy things. M 20 8 months
9/12/2006
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 3  insomnia caused by lexapro craving sugar and cigarettes after taking it; if taken too often, daytime anxiety/depression Just a very, very strange drug. Deceptively powerful. The bad for me does not outweigh the good...yet. For falling asleep, nothing is better. However, it is strangely addictive and psychological dependence develops in a matter of days. If you're going to use it, use it very sparingly. If you have trouble falling asleep every night, try alternating it with something else. You do NOT want to get hooked on this drug. It is quite unlike anything I have ever used before. M 20 1 years
4/10/2009

 2  Insomnia Ambien did help me to catch up on some z’s, but the side effects were absolutely intolerable. Basically it makes you trip out: an overall sense of elation, mild visual hallucinations, and memory less. It also makes you stupid. In particular it made me believe I was having conversations with inanimate objects. It was as though the whole room itself were urging me on to contact everyone in my phone book. This inspired me to leave numerous incriminating Facebook comments on many an acquaintance’s Wall. F 20 1 years
1/20/2009

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