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Zolpidem (Ambien)

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The nurse suggested that I try something like Zolpidem for achieving deep sleep (I have Fibromyalgia/CFS). I will be going to the Dr. next week. Anyone who has taken this before, what are your experiences? If you weren't getting deep sleep were you able to attain it while on ambien?
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Originally Posted by Angelwing View Post

I will be going to the Dr. next week. Anyone who has taken this before, what are your experiences?
I hallucinated! Little wispy people peeled up my keyboard. It was kickass (aka - terrifying). I also slept through a psych final and hence flunked it. Yay Ambien!

Lunesta was okay, but the taste in my mouth was miserable.

Don't let them give you trazadone, that stuff SUCKS.

Sonata was cool, as I remember (it was one of the first ones I tried)... But my insurance didn't cover it.

Rozerem didn't do a thing - I woke up 14 times in one night on that stuff.

The anti-psychotics (like Seroquel) used off-label (or, really, second-on-the-list-on-the-label) will knock you on your ASS. You'll sleep, but... Ergh.

I had insomnia, and insomnia is a *****. Mine wasn't pain-induced... But, even so, sleeping pills never truly helped me get on a better schedule. That, and I ended up abusing the crap out of them to the point where when I'd run out of sleeping pills, I'd go buy OTC stuff that was twice as strong as Tylenol PM, open 8-10 caps, mix them with two ounces of juice, and knock myself out.

Bleh. Pills get the thumbs down from me. But I know they do help some people.
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I'm no doctor, so this could be a stupid question... But if PAIN is the problem, why they aren't giving you pain medication at night? Maybe something like tramadol? I can't envision that being any different in terms of risk of dependence and abuse, and if you aren't having insomnia... I dunno.

There may be a very good reason they don't do this, I'm just curious!
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