By sparkysmom Latest Reply 2009-03-02 08:07:53 -0600
Started 2008-10-19 07:15:05 -0500

Anyone here use Ambien? I use it most nights but lately have been sleep eating. Yep Hubby says I get up go in kitchen and snack. He is afraid to wake me up.

20 replies

bigjrm45 2009-03-02 08:07:53 -0600 Report

I have been using Amsien CR they help me sleep like a baby,I have not had eny side affect with them

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-02-26 12:36:09 -0600 Report

I used to take temezepam and that did not work so 3 months ago my dr put me on trazodone and Ambien and I sleep through the night and wake up well rested

sexyswamprat 2009-03-02 03:59:04 -0600 Report

I was taking trazadone and Ambien at the sametime also. Be very careful with that combination. I had severe withdrawls when I got tired of taking the 2 together. My doctor knew that I had decided to come off them and instead of weening me off of them he gave me a antidepressant instead. Yes, he was a idiot. I was in the emergency room for 24 hours 2 days after stopping cold turkey. Needless to say that doctor was fired. I now only take ambien cr and I have had great success with it. Just be really careful when you combine 2 persciption sleep meds. It can be very dangerous.

jsd2005 2009-02-25 03:10:00 -0600 Report

There are a number of other sleeping medications on the market, that you could try. Especially, if you are not able to sleep with the present medication. Try asking your Dr. There are also a number of newer medications that are non-habit forming. Talk with your Dr. to see what may benefit you.

cmerkin 2009-02-23 16:09:06 -0600 Report

Sleep..eating. yes I have had that with Ambien too. Sometimes I will find food wrappers on the bedside and other junk too. I cannot sleep without Ambien at all. I tried to get off of it about a month ago and all I got was NO SLEEP!!!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-12 14:47:36 -0600 Report

I seem to be up every night maybe 1 to 2 hours of sleep. The only thing I am able to use is benedryl. I hope that can help you some…Debe

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-12 14:51:13 -0600 Report

benedryl is what i am taking too! it helps a lot, but there are some nights that are really awful. even with the benedryl, it takes a long time for me to get to sleep.

Burke - 30425
Burke - 30425 2009-02-12 06:08:57 -0600 Report

I have trouble sleeping due to chronic back pain so my doc tried the Ambien. It just didn't work for me at all. I now take an old drug called Trazadone, which was used years ago as an anti-depressant but caused paitients to become to tired. Now it is scripted for sleep. It helps me get to sleep and now I can sleep about three hours a night straight. Otherwards I only can sleep for about 45 min. before pain wakes me.

2009-02-11 19:13:41 -0600 Report

I take Ambien CR 12.5 mg when I need it. I was put on it after I quit working midnights, to get me back to a 'regular' sleep schedule.

I haven't had any trouble except for one thing: Lexapro and Ambien CR DO NOT MIX!! I had a really scarey reaction one night when the two crashed into each other. Now I take them at different times, to counteract that reaction again.

sexyswamprat 2009-01-26 21:21:12 -0600 Report

I have been taking ambien cr from 6 months now and I have not had any problems with it at all. I took the regular ambien awhile ago for about a year with also no problems at all.

kaitlyn 2009-01-25 19:20:59 -0600 Report

I used ambien for about two months until I noticed my clothes were not fitting right and it turns out I put on 30 pounds from sleep eating I was so bad on this drug that I was cooking and even driving my car in my sleep be careful with this drug.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-25 19:26:28 -0600 Report

now the question is, do i sleep and eat, or do i not sleep and still eat! i'm not doing much sleeping, but i stay hungry all the time!

2catty 2009-01-25 19:57:40 -0600 Report

Wow sleep eating. I have heard of it but never knew anybody that actually happened to. My oldest son sits up all night and eats everything then denies it. Maybe that's what he is doing.LOL Not really he is just a piggy. I would be in some trouble if I slept ate. I would probably eat all the banannas.

sparkysmom 2009-01-26 21:09:10 -0600 Report

I told DR. He said to try using just every other night. Then I wasn't sleeping every other night. Now Hubby has a small bell on refrigerator and it wakes my so I don't eat. Also found small snack right before bed keeps me from sleep eating most times.

Paula - 14421
Paula - 14421 2008-11-18 21:30:30 -0600 Report

Yes my doctor gave me Ambien, she didn't want to because the side effect that you mention and at first gave me something else to try but it didn't really help than she gave me the ambian. I live alone so if I do get up and eat there's no one to tell me if I'm walking in my sleep. But last week I had to get lab work done and had to fast for it and on the way home was thinking about these concord grapes I had bought the night before and was planning on eating and they were GONE, I guess I got up and ate them and didn't remember oh well.

sexyswamprat 2008-11-18 21:56:32 -0600 Report

I take ambien cr 12.5. Everytime I goto see my doctor she gives me enough samples to last me to the next visit. I have found it to help me alot. I haven't had any side effects from it. I used to take trazadone and that helped me sleep for the first couple months that I was taking it. I plan on trying Lunesta once the ambien no longer works.

bucky 2008-10-29 03:34:15 -0500 Report

Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to therapy. Do not take more than 10 milligrams per day.

Although unlikely, this drug can infrequently cause temporary memory loss. To avoid this effect, do not take a dose of this drug unless you have time for a full night's sleep that lasts at least 7-8 hours. For example, do not take zolpidem during an overnight plane flight of less than 8 hours.

This medication may cause dependence, especially if it has been used regularly for an extended period of time, or if it has been used in high doses. In such cases, if you suddenly stop this drug, withdrawal reactions may occur. Such reactions can include nausea, vomiting, flushing, stomach cramps, nervousness, or shakiness. Report any such reactions to your doctor immediately. When stopping extended, regular treatment with this drug, gradually reducing the dosage as directed will help prevent withdrawal reactions. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Though it is very unlikely to occur, this medication can also result in abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction/habit-forming). Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed. This will lessen the chances of becoming addicted.

When used for an extended period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.

You may have trouble sleeping the first few nights after you stop taking this medication. This is called rebound insomnia and it is normal. It will usually go away after 1-2 nights. If this effect continues, contact your doctor.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 7-10 days.

SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, upset stomach, diarrhea, and dry mouth may occur. To minimize the risk of falls, remember to get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

This medication may make you sleepy during the day. Tell your doctor if you have daytime drowsiness. Your dose may need to be adjusted.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fast/pounding heartbeat, unusual tiredness, mental/mood changes (e.g., new or worsening depression, rare thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, aggressive behavior, anxiety), memory loss, unsteadiness.

Tell your doctor immediately if this rare but very serious side effect occurs: chest pain.

Rarely, after taking this drug, people have gotten out of bed and driven vehicles while not fully awake ("sleep-driving"). People have also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not fully awake. Often, these people do not remember these events. If you discover that you have experienced any of these events, tell your doctor immediately.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US you may report side effects to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at 1-800-FDA-1088. In Canada, you may call Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Rich Morris
Rich Morris 2008-11-02 02:57:17 -0600 Report

I've been using Ambien for almost a year and without it I cannot sleep. I don't have any of the side effects and I use it in combination with Trazadone to help me sleep. I do need a full 9 hours of sleep or I wake up sleepy. I started using only 1/2 and have gradually raised it to 1/1/2 tablets per night along with 1 Trazadone.

I tried switching to Lunesta for a short period but I had nothing but problems with the Lunesta so we went back to the Ambien. If I do not take the Trazadone then I will sleep walk on the Ambien alone but the Trazadone keeps me from sleep walking. ( It was becomming a major problem) I would snack in the middle of the night. I would fall injuring myself and at the end I was opening the front door and sleep walking outside. Thank god I didn't try driving. We had to padlock the doors on the inside so I wouldn't go outside and I have no memory of any of it. The trazadone was a last ditch effort before getting a hospital bed and tying me to it. Luckily the Trazadone worked and I get a nice restful sleep after 9 hours.

Rich Morris

Taking just the Trazadone doesn't even make me drowsy.