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Old 03-05-2013, 07:03 PM
 
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my husband cant sleep and nothing else works for him. he doesnt have insurance so we dont want to see a bunch of different doctors. he works 3rd shift so thats part of the problem. he completely healthy and has no history of substance abuse. feel free to pm me if you can do that.

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Old 03-06-2013, 07:55 PM
dkv
 
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Try a local urgent care or walk-in. Ambien/zolpidem is a controlled substance and a physician would be putting their license on the line to prescribe over the Internet.
 
Old 03-06-2013, 08:07 PM
 
Location: NC
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Why can't you have it refilled from whomever originally ordered it? Just wondering. I use it, and I know doctors can be hesitant to re-order it, even for patients they've seen for years. My insurance will only refill for 10 pills a month, so I pay out of pocket for it. Maybe you could find a doctor who has office hours in the evening?
 
Old 03-06-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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sorry, OP, but it is inapporpriate to solicit a prescribed controlled substance from a physican (or anyone) over the internet. Your husband needs to see either is primary care doctor or sleep specialist to help him better manage his sleeping disorder.
 
Old 03-06-2013, 09:35 PM
 
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Has he had a sleep study? Maybe sleep apnea?
 
Old 03-07-2013, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Has he had a sleep study? Maybe sleep apnea?
The OP said he is healthy. It doesn't sound like he has a sleep disorder. His problem is working the 3rd shift and trying to sleep during the day.

I'd suggest an eye mask, earplugs and heavy curtains on the windows. You really don't want to get addicted to Ambien.

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Old 03-07-2013, 08:32 AM
 
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Yeah Ambien isn't for people whose work schedules are inconvenient. It's not addictive but it can trigger dependency. If he wants to change his sleep cycle, he should look into melatonin, which is sold as a supplement and can be used to shift his sleep cycle. He'll need it again, when he stops working 3rd shift and wants to adjust back to normal sleeping patterns (sleep at night, awake during day).
 
Old 03-07-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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The OP said he is healthy. It doesn't sound like he has a sleep disorder. His problem is working the 3rd shift and trying to sleep during the day.

I'd suggest an eye mask, earplugs and heavy curtains on the windows. You really don't want to get addicted to Ambien.

Maybe she just thinks he is healthy because no signs of illness other than not being able to sleep. A sleep study might still do him good. Kind of rough without insurance though.
 
Old 03-07-2013, 04:56 PM
dkv
 
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Yeah Ambien isn't for people whose work schedules are inconvenient. It's not addictive but it can trigger dependency.
I occasionally use ambien to help me get back on a socially normal sleep schedule after working 2nd or 3rd shift. I don't think that is a misuse or abuse of the medication. I think that there is a definite frequency of use which does not lend itself to dependency (I'm thinking of less than 1 out of every 4 nights). This is solely my opinion and not based on any science.
 
Old 03-07-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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Try melatonin too. It's over the counter and helps.
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