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Old 04-26-2016, 06:54 PM
 
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OP, I was on it longer than you and was able to successfully get off it. I incorporated multiple practices over time. The beginning of my journey started with acupuncture, which helped greatly. Then, my practitioner added cupping. The night after my first accupuncture session I slept deeply for the first time in years. Cupping drew out so much of the stress I had been carrying for several years in my neck and shoulders. I started taking D vitamins (I was very low and always fatigued) as well as a B complex (helps heal nerves). Some magnesium, I used the product Calm which can be found in most health food stores. I also started practicing good sleep hygiene, no playing on the computer for a couple of hours before bed, no tv in the bedroom, etc. I gradually weaned myself off Ambien, cutting back by a quarter of a pill at a time, a few days on each step.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:17 PM
 
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Widely used sleeping pill 'increases dementia' risk - Health News - NHS Choices
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Medical marijuana. It allows for exit from manufactured synthetic drugs that leave a trail of tears.
Learn to cook with marijuana, a nice canibus brownie an hour before bedtime will take you to the most pleasured sleep you will know.....the best part, you feel like your self in the am!
I was also going to suggest this idea. Doctors don't like the idea because they don't make money off prescriptions.

It is certainly worth a try rather than being hooked on sleeping pills for years.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:03 AM
 
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I think that the OP should call the doctor. You don't need an appointment to discuss a follow-up problem.
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Here
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Since we're all unique, there is no 'one' remedy that fits all.

Many have mentioned no caffeine after a certain time during the day, which is good advice; however, don't forget that chocolate contains caffeine as well, so do soft drinks.

For me, I require 'quiet time' at least two hours before bedtime and that equates to no tv, no music, no phone calls, no stressful anything. There are 'deep sleep' CDs that do help.

It can take several days/nights to wean off any sleep aid, but it can be done. If you can take a week off work so that you don't have to worry about losing sleep for a few nights, that would help a lot.

Also, for anyone struggling to fall asleep, or stay asleep: never look at the clock, that will only increase your anxiety and stress about not getting sleep as the hours pass you by.

Sometimes we may think we're awake all night when in fact we have been sleeping - perhaps in small doses, but at least getting some shuteye.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Ambien is the devil! Makes you sleep walk, binge eat when you don't even realize you ate anything until the next day, and see the wrapper.

Heard folks who drove their car, and didn't remember anything until the next day when they saw their receipt for gas.

I would suggest weaning off slowly. good luck!
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:15 AM
 
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Ambien is the devil! Makes you sleep walk, binge eat when you don't even realize you ate anything until the next day, and see the wrapper.

Heard folks who drove their car, and didn't remember anything until the next day when they saw their receipt for gas.

I would suggest weaning off slowly. good luck!
Yea, it's actually a real problem, often called an Ambien blackout. It's just like waking up from a blackout, you wake up in the am still with your glasses and the TV on not remembering how you fell asleep.

It's nasty stuff.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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Ambien is the devil! Makes you sleep walk, binge eat when you don't even realize you ate anything until the next day, and see the wrapper.

Heard folks who drove their car, and didn't remember anything until the next day when they saw their receipt for gas.

I would suggest weaning off slowly. good luck!

That's why I had to stop. Get up in the morning and the kitchen would be trashed.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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She's been saying the same thing for months now......

I may have major stress going on, but I can't be completely exhausted all day. What sucks is that psych doctors take forever to get an appointment in my area since there aren't many, so I'm limited on switching doctors. I just feel that this is a permanent feeling I mean, if I'm taking unisom with Ambien, I don't know how I can wean myself off....
Find a new doctor! Pretty simple! You're probably addicted to the drugs and that's why they aren't working anymore. Three years is a long time to need a sleeping aid. We all have stress in life. Most of us just suck it up and find a way to sleep without drugs.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:04 PM
 
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I have tried nature made brand natural sleeping pills and had good luck with them.
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