Posted by Paul on March 27, 2002 at 23:19:16:
In Reply to: Ambien -- Longterm use posted by Iron Helix on March 27, 2002 at 16:57:53:
Hello Iron Helix-
I took Ambien on and off for about two years (I was only supposed to take it 3 times per week but sometimes I took it every night (travel, etc.) It worked really well and put me to sleep with no problems.
About a month ago, I decided to stop taking it because I realized that I was gaining a tolerance to it (it wasn't working as well as it used to at my usual dosages) and was gaining a serious psychological dependence to it ("I'll only be able to sleep if I take my Ambien!") I realized that it was only masking the real problem behind my insomnia: years of poor sleep hygiene and inconsistent waking times. Since I stopped taking it and started following the sleep restriction programs from the two books frequently mentioned on this forum, my sleep has improved drastically. I had been unable to sleep without the help of medication for nearly four years...and now, a month after starting sleep restriction, I am able to sleep 6 1/2 hours without waking up during the night...all without medication! This hasn't happened in nearly four years...so, there is hope that things will get better. They certainly did for me!
Speaking of your hallucinations: I used to love taking Ambien because of all of the fun hallucinations I would have. The problems would come if I took the drug and then stayed up to do stuff around the house instead of going right to bed (sound familiar?) Well, the drug would kick in and the ceiling would start "spinning," (like waves) I would see double and had basically no conrol over anything I did and no recollection of what I did the next day! I have a whole list of crazy stuff I did on Ambien (usually really dumb things that I thought were great ideas at the time) I do miss that part of taking Ambien...
Well, good luck to you!
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