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Ambien stopped working

Has anyone been on ambien for a long period of time and it just stopped working? What did you do to help or did you find any resolve at all?

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bluesun
bluesun

ya, I think it tends to do that. I had to switch to herbal remedies. 1,600 mg of valerian 2 hrs before bed. mom takes it with some kava kava to help tranquilize her. the valerian is not addictive and has no side effects and is not harmful to use over a long period of time. I hope this helps and good luck!
sunshine521
sunshine521

I was on Ambien for a while then they switched me to the Ambien CR, which I felt no difference in. My neuro said it does tend to not work after a while.
I have been on every med out there for sleep that I know of...Lunesta,ambien,restoril, along with other meds and have not found one that helps. So I just stopped taking them. Why if it isn't helpingg. Wish I had more help to offer. Hope you come up with something that helps..what does or doesn't work for one may work for another.

All the best for restful nights!
Take care,
Michelle
deleted_user
deleted_user

yeah that happens to me sometimes so i won't take it for a week and i know it sucks cause then your awake for a week and then i start taking it again and i also take one ambien with two tylnoe pm not that i am tell you to do this but thats what i do and it works for me but only you know how your body will react to this so ask your doctor before you try it good luck
deleted_user
deleted_user

I tried ambien and it never worked for me.. but meds differ a lot person to person and I've heard they can stop working like that, usually the doc. will up or dose or switch you to something else. I haven't found any meds that work for me, so i stick with tea and a bath, reading, then listening to a meditation tape until i fall asleep. Good luck!
deleted_user
deleted_user

****up the dose :)
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi there! I was on ambien for 4 years. I started out at 10mg a night but after about 9 months I had to move up to 20mg a night. You should stay asleep at 20mg a night but most doctors will not perscribe that high a dose unless your insomnia is really really bad. It is also a really addicting drug and has some very bad side effects. The worst is short term memory loss. I would not stay on this drug long term.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Almost anything you try is going to stop working after a while. Try natural remedies instead. They don't have instant effect but they help in the long run.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi everyone. Whatever you do, please try to avoid taking Ambien. It is dangerous. I an only NOW trying not to take it after being on it after the 9/11 attacks in NYC where I live. I quickly found myself having to take it during the day. I would finish a bottle of 30 pills in a week and a 1/2. I found myself taking pills from my mom and from trying to cope with things gone wrong in my life. So far, I hve done without them for 2 weeks. There are days when I feel crappy and good. I would like anyone in this forum who would like to help me, to share their stories and to assist me in keeping up my goal of not taking anymore tablets. I am currenty in psychterapy and on depression medication. Thanks.
deleted_user
deleted_user

i'v not even taken any tablets 4 it!!! i feel left out man!!!!! drug me up, doc!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

To the last reply, this is NOT a drug that you want to take long term at all. I am now paying the consequences by trying to adjust my sleep patterns without the Ambien and to deal with my anxiety during the say, without this medication. It is highly addictive and turns out to be more of a nightmare than a miracle. While on the drug, my work suffered, I had memory lapses, I did and said strange things and had no recollection of them, I once almost drove while taking Ambien. If you have to take it, please do so and get into bed immediately. Also, have someone you trust keep your meds and have them only give you one, b/c while on it, I forgot I took one and would take like up to 5 pills. Kicking the habit is good in the longrun, but it has taken me a good fight to do so.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Ambien stopped working for me too. I found, though, that taking melatonin (herbal) and an ambien helped some. I'm on klonopin now, which seems to work better and not leave me with the hangover the next day.
PS. You can get melatonin at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc
deleted_user
deleted_user

Yep, that stuff stopped working for me about the 5th time I ever took it. It only works now when I go for a few weeks without it. Apparently its a drug that you build up a tolerance to very quickly.

The absolute only other thing that works to help me sleep is exercise. Oh, and advil PM, but that stuff is habit forming so I only take it if I desperately need too. Exercising every day has helped me tremendously with my sleep, I fall asleep faster and earlier and wake up after only 8 hours feeling refreshed, whereas I used to lie in bed till 4 am and toss and turn until noon or later and wake up feeling like I'd been hit by a car.

Good luck!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I am currently going thru the same thing. Had been taking ambien for nearly 2 years now it is ineffective and am having withdrawals when I try to go cold turkey. Wish I had answers!
slrow
slrow

I haed that drug. I sleep ate with it and it was just horrible. I was so glad to get off of it. I think I would have rather not slept than take that again. I hope you can find something that works for you.
deleted_user
deleted_user

stop eating4-5 hrs before u take it. I have been on ambien for 2 yrs now. another trick is to take 10 mg one night then 15 the next and back and forth at the ten mg again