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I've been on morphine for 10 years for neck & lower back pain from being injured in a severe fall requiring neck surgery to remove the lamina section of two neck vertebrae and surgery on my lower back to repair a ruptured disc. Also had Thyroid cancer 11 years ago & take synthroid, also take blood pressure medication. My pain management doctor gave me Ambian for when I couldn't sleep from the pain. Last March it was getting close to 5 years since my father passed away & I was having trouble sleeping. I had only used the Ambian a couple times a week before this. I live alone so didn't notice the times I had sleep walked. Anywho, I had used the Ambian 3 or 4 nights in a row.
Friday afternoon I decided to go up to the shooting range and do some target practice. On the way home at sunset I blacked out, while driving. I started coming out of it to find I was being arrested for DUI at the MacDonald's drive through at 3:00 am. 3 days later when I got out of jail and went to get my Nissan Pathfinder out of the impound I found before I went to MacDonald's and got arrested I had been to Walmart and bought $200 worth of groceries. Most of it was frozen junk food, and a dozen or more boxes of muffins. And I hate muffins.
When I got home I found I had trashed my house while I was in that blackout. I lost 7 or 8 hours to that blackout along with my 30 year perfect driving record. I go back to court next Wednesday for the DUI. Then I also got some sort of charge for having my Chinese SKS rifle in my car when I was arrested. And that wasn't even one of the Gun's I had took to the shooting range. Using that Ambian destroyed my life. Thanks a lot.
Years of use?
Will ambien thrugh years of use raise the creatinine level and help to shrink a kidneY?
AskDocWeb: Although long-term use has been associated with hallucinations, sleep walking, amnesia, and bizarre behavior, the effect on creatinine levels and kidney are still undergoing reseach. Remember, Ambien has been approved only for short-term use, usually 7 to 10 days.
Don't fool around
Turn off your tv, computer and your phone. Take the ambien and turn off the lights. Don't get back up. AT ALL. This is a powerful drug so don't fool around with it. I have had terrible insomnia since childhood but with ambien I sleep. Getting up after taking Ambien is asking for a disaster. So don't do it.
Terror and loneliness
I recently was prescribed Zolpidem 10mg after careful consideration due to the fact that I am in recovery. I can't stay asleep for more than an hour at a time and Im exhausted. I took as prescribed and woke up the next day with an empty fast food bag in the kitchen. I had no recollection of driving and it scared me and immediately shamed me back to my past and my drunken blackouts. I stayed away from it until once again exhausted I gave in. When I came to I noticed I had messaged family and friends gibberish all through the night, scaring my family who thought that I had relapsed. In my blackout I must have took more than one because there were some missing. I was terrified and broke down right there with all the bad memories of my past drinking came flooding back and all the people that I had hurt to now think I was out getting wasted when all I was doing was taking as prescribed.
I don't know what to do at this point. My family, co workers, kids, and my own parents. I personally don't feel I lost my sobriety because I had no idea the reaction my body would make. I was just trying to sleep. Who knows if any of my loved ones are going to believe me. I feel like it's the first day of my sobriety, the wife and kids just left, having given me an eviction notice and I had a long road of pain ahead of me..but Im beyond that! I'm confused at what to decide to do at this point...in no way do I want to go drink or use, hell no. That's not an option.
I hit my knees and prayed. That's the first thing I did. I pray my family will understand I had a reaction to this insane medication and I hope to God my life can get back to normal..a sober normal life. That terror of waking up and not knowing what happened..it broke me down this morning. I never thought I would ever feel that again. It's as if I went to hell. I felt so much shame. Have I now broken my sobriety?! That drug should be pulled off the shelf. I was living a great life (and will continue)..but it was terror. I cried half the day. I got a reminder slapped right across my face what the last year of my alcoholism really was. Terror and loneliness. I never want to feel that ever again. I hope my friends and neighbors and family and who ever else I may have come in contact with will understanding..beware of Ambien!!! Total blackouts. You will forget yo u took it and take it over and over!!
Angry but can't sleep without it
Ambien makes me sleep good but since taking it for a year i am angry and find very little joy in anything. But i can't sleep without it.
Trying to quit
I've been taking Ambien, for 5 years now and I have massive joint pain and I'm trying to quit on this pill but the nights that I don't take it the pain is not that bad,,,but I can only do this on weekdays that I don't work otherwise I can't function with out a good night sleep..but I don't know which one is worst.
No more Ambien?
I have been taking Ambien for over 10 years. I have no idea what I would do if I ever stopped taking it. I have tried, but to no avail I start taking it again. I have had both hips replaced. One twice. I have had cervical cancer and I have had a 3 level fusion since July of 2014. I had complications with the back surgery including a stent put in my left leg and a hemotoma surgery 24 hours later. Now I have what is called CRPS type 2. It is horrific. I really don't k ow what I would do if they took the sleep aid away from me? Help. I am in so much pain. I take Percocet daily along with many other prescriptions. What do I do when they take my Ambien away from me because ins companies say they won't cover it or other docs say no more Ambien? Thanks
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