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5/8/10 12:14 A

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I have relied for years on a natural sleep aide called melatonin. Its the natural chemical your body makes for sleep. You can get it in the vitamin isle at pretty much anywhere that sells vitamins. I have found that if you take it about 6 hours before you have TROUBLE sleeping(when you start waking up at night) or an hour or two before bed to get a lil sleepy it works best. It will make you drowsy but not so much so that you cannot still function quite normally, and there is NO HANGOVER in the morning!This is seems true for me even when i dont have 8 hours to dedicate to sleeping, I can still wake up and get going if i need to! everyone I have recomended this to loves it. It comes in 1,3 ,and 5mg tabs. and is uslly less than $15 for like 90 pills.

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ALWAYSHUNGRY76 Posts: 5
4/27/10 12:11 P

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Thanks for the info....that makes me want to see my doctor today! I didn't know that I would feel alright after just about six hours of sleep. I love the way benedryl makes me sleep I just hate the groggy feeling that I have for a long time after I wake up.

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4/27/10 2:00 A

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I personally noticed a huge difference when I switched to Ambien CR from regular Ambien. When I took the regular Ambien I could feel it "hit" about 20-30 minutes after I took it. I always fell asleep right away. With the CR it doesn't have that much of an instant effect for me, I basically fall asleep like I normally do (which is pretty easy for me). I've started taking it about 30-40 minutes before I go to bed because the first couple of days a felt a little (just a tad, seriously) groggy when I got up. I sleep SO well on the CR it's just amazing! I haven't had any bad side effects.

If I have to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of my sleeping I don't feel super groggy or out of it. I've not done or said anything that I don't remember. The most that I would say is that when my partner gets out of bed I don't notice it or wake up. She tells me I don't even roll over when she gets up. For me, that's perfect!

Oh, BTW, if you do end up getting it make sure and take it on an empty stomach...either the CR or the regular!!!

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4/26/10 3:15 P

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You'd think I was a spokesman for Ambien LOL...But again, I've never had a negative experience. I have heard those stories, about people "sleep walking" or saying things they don't remember, but mostly from people who don't take it WHILE they are IN bed. They say to take it and go straight to bed, not to dilly dally around. I have never had a problem waking from it, unlike benadryl which leaves me in a fog for the rest of the day. I only get 5-6 hours of sleep after taking it (by choice because I have to pick my son up from daycare) and never feel groggy waking from it. I also did not have a problem getting my family doc writing me an rx for it. He did go over it with me thoroughly, I had done my homework beforehand, and told him my main problem was going to sleep and staying asleep, and that my coworkers used it with success, and that is what I would like to try...so he was more than willing to write the rx for me.

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4/26/10 3:09 P

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I take benedryl every morning when I get home from work. It does make me groggy but I am a little afraid to take Ambien as I've heard so many crazy stories. I've also heard that it is difficult to get doctors to write a prescription for it. Hearing you all saying positive things about it makes me want to try it though. I typically can only get 6-7 hours of sleep since I get up when my kids get home from school...Is it hard to wake up from?

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NIKNAK27 Posts: 268
4/23/10 6:16 P

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Thanks fo this. Here in the UK it is known as Zopiclone presumably it will be available as a CR but I think I might just give it a go since you all seem to have positive results with it.

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4/22/10 12:24 P

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Here is a link to their website: http://www.ambiencr.com/

There are about 3-4 other girls (night shifters) in my small unit that also take it and have had no side effects. The CR is controlled release so it helps you go to sleep and STAY asleep. The regular ambien just helps you fall asleep. Their is a generic form of the regular ambien, but there is not a generic of the ambien CR. I tried regular ambien but it didn't do the trick for me because my main problem is I would wake up 2-3 hours after falling asleep and not be able to go back to sleep. That is when I tried the CR. It has been a lifesaver. Even though there isn't a generic, and it's a bit more pricey (depending on your rx coverage) I pay $50 for a 3 month supply which lasts me perhaps 4 or so months because I don't always have to take it. Be aware though some people DO have to take it to fall asleep, I may be an exception to that rule.

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4/22/10 8:26 A

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Please fill me in what is the Ambien CR also known as? (Live in UK perhaps known as something else) Have trouble sleeping during nightshift spells and if I use anything I am left feeling hung over.
You all make Ambien sound ideal so would like to give it a go.

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4/21/10 8:52 A

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I started taking Ambien CR several months ago and I am like a new person. I don't HAVE to take it on my days off, but I do take it as soon as I get home from work between shifts, I sleep for 6 hours and i'm not one bit groggy when I wake up. I've had no side effects from it, and so thankful it exists! Benedryl made me feel like a walking zombie. HTH.

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4/16/10 9:47 A

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Well, I take 10mg of Ambien during the days that I work. I don't usually take it when I sleep at night on my days off. I like Ambien because it doesn't make me groggy when I wake up. I get groggy when I take Benadryl though. I know Ambien doesn't work for everyone every time.

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4/15/10 6:26 A

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4/13/10 11:12 P

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I try not take any sleep medication unless it is necessary because it will make me drowsy for days.

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4/11/10 8:52 P

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Well, I did try the ambien on an empty stomach and that worked like a charm. Seven hours yesterday and eight today. I get up feeling so refreshed. Thanks for the input!

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4/11/10 6:56 P

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Unfortunately, anything that helps me sleep, also makes me feel groggy when I get up. So, no, I don't take anything. I know from experience that when I get tired enough, I'll sleep. Hope you find something that works for you.

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4/11/10 3:35 P

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You said you don't work nights all the time, and that may have a bearing on your difficulty sleeping. The flip flopping is hard. I've been working nights for 10 yrs and having a VERY dark room, plenty of quiet, and reg. routine, and some white noise helps out. I try not to take meds to help me sleep. But every now and then I take some Benadryl just as a little help. Nothing stronger. Hope the Ambien works out for you!

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4/10/10 4:10 A

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Hi,

I hope that I don't get kicked out of here for saying that I am not a nurse (gasp) but a med tech. The group was really tempting though. I don't work night shift all of the time, just as fill in and usually for an extended period of time when I do (a couple of months as opposed to a few days here or there).

I have so much trouble sleeping (staying v. getting asleep) that someone recommended getting a Rx. I did just that about a year ago when I was doing a two month stint. The Ambien(generic) worked wonderfully for me and I was regularly getting 6-8 hrs sleep which was so appreciated after doing 4 hrs then a 2 hr nap later in the day. That's just not real sleep!

Here's the issue. When I started working midnights again a few days ago I got a new Rx for Ambien and it didn't work the first day....then it didn't work the second day, or the third day either. I looked at the bottle again and it had a little sticker on it that said that though the pills may appear different they were still the same medication (different manufacturer I'm assuming). I called my Dr's office and they switched me to Ambien CR which my pharmacy then told me needed a preapproval which would take a WEEK. I asked the pharmacist if there was something else that didn't require a preapproval and he recommended resteril (sp?). When I talked to the FNP again she said they didn't want to do that, but they would call in a Rx for elavil. I said OK and picked up the meds from the pharm.

Now I look it up on the internet and see that it is a TCA. That makes me REALLY uncomfortable. I do a little bit more research and see that ambien should be taken on an empty stomach and its efficacy is severely reduced if you take within even a couple of hours of a meal.

So that's what I'll be trying today. Taking the regular ambien on an empty stomach. I'm not looking for advice, just any comments that anyone has. Any similar experiences?

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