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Hello all, does anyone happen to know a ballpark figure for when ambien is going to be available in generic form aka zolpidem?

My pharmacist mentioned to me in passing that it should be available soon. I didn't ask him anything further on it, as he was very busy at the time, and I was so happy about the good news I lost my train of thought.

Ambien has been a godsend for me as I work a crazy night shift at a very stressful job, and ambien helps me get a good quality sleep, and wake up refreshed and not groggy. I have been prescribed it for about two years now, at one 10mg pill a day. I know that it is supposed to be for short term, but to me the benefits far outweigh the risk, and my doctor doesn't seem to be too concerned, rightly thinking that good sleep is very important for good health. On the few occasions I had to go without it, the only noticeable "withdrawal" symptom I noticed was that I had a very hard time going to sleep, nothing like the withdrawals of opiates (which I have experienced) and is not near as horrible as the stories that I hear about benzo withdrawal (never experienced personally)

On to the money, I hope and pray that the generic zolpidem is much less expensive. I have to pay 35.00 for a script through my insurance whether I get 14 pills or 30 pills. This is another problem I have. My insurance company only wants to pay for 14 pills a month (they claim that the reason for this is that ambien should not be taken for more than 14 days in a row, and it's true, ambiens web-site does state this), but my doctor prescribes me 30 a month. And the only way that I can get the insurance to cover the whole 30 is when my doctor is kind enough to fax a physicals approval report to the insurance company stating that I need 30 pills a month. They ask for this every three months or so. On the few times that I did not get the p.a. report for the pharmacy, I got the first 14 on the insurance (35.00), and the second 14 I paid cash for, and they averaged around 6.00 to 8.00 dollars a pill!! Wow. I also tried to switch to the new ambien cr, because it is approved for long term use (even says so on ambiens site), and they still only would pay for 14.And we had our pharmacist call the insurance company, and explain to them that ambien cr is a different medicine (at least delivered to the body differently, it's still zolpidem ) than regular ambien, and that it was approved for long term use, and therefore should be no problem to cover the whole prescription of thirty, but of course they didn't listen. I know a couple of people that switched over to ambien cr, and there insurance company paid for all 30 no questions asked.
 

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I have heard anything lately, but I read that the manufacturers of ambien made a ton of money on the drug, and extended their patent a couple of times. It was supposed to expire in 2005 to coincide with the release of Ambien cr and Lunesta... so I'm guessing that the generic will be hitting the market pretty soon. People today must be aware of the hard reality. You must read the book With a license to kill by John Josefson (Now available at http://www.Lulu.Com/content/587718 and Barnes & Noble online book store with ISBN no 978-1-84753-026-4 ) This forum is about helping and healing-- feel free to correct my mistakes.
 

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If you do well with ambien, then I wouldn't recommend switching to ambien cr. They're different medicines that will affect you differently. I tried the cr, and I was groggy all day the next day every time I used. With regular ambien, I sometimes feel that way, but usually not.

I have to wonder about using them continuously like this, though. I try to control my sleeping habits without drugs, and just fall back on the ambien every once in a while for 2 or 3 days in a row when I get really out of whack. I've had insomnia problems most of my life, so I don't do great, but I just don't feel like the ambien is completely necessary for me to have a normal life, so I'd rather go without it most of the time.

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I have to wonder about using them continuously like this, though.
I'm glad you raised this because I didn't want to post and sound like an interfering know it all Lol

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I try to control my sleeping habits without drugs, and just fall back on the ambien every once in a while for 2 or 3 days in a row when I get really out of whack.
Ideally, that's exactly how Ambien and other drugs like it are meant to be used because they're habit forming. I think Sean's DR is a little irresponsible prescribing it to someone for that long without a break.

Sean, have you tried some relaxation techniques to help you sleep, or try getting a less stressful job maybe? Ha - easier said than done right
 
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