Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 29

Thread: Does Ambien not work

  1. Default Does Ambien not work

    After two 10mg tablets of Zolpidem (generic for Ambien), I am still awake. It's after 6am. Does Ambien just not work? And if it doesn't, are there any other suggestions? I know getting off the computer is the first thing I should do, but I don't even feel sleepy at all. What can I do next time I need to go to sleep and my sleeping pill isn't working?


  2. Yes take to your doctor.

  3. Doesn't work for me either! Neither does Lunesta!

  4. #4
    Does not work for me either and it leaves a strange taste in my mouth. Zoloft has worked for me as has Klonopin. Most doctors in my area want to send you to a sleep clinic for help. I went to one and they couldn't figure out why i don't sleep well. They were sure going in that I would stop breathing in the night and wake myself up. I never stopped breathing and they were stumped,even after I told them I don't sleep because my brain doesn't turn off at night. Was a big waste of money.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by ariana View Post
    After two 10mg tablets of Zolpidem (generic for Ambien), I am still awake. It's after 6am. Does Ambien just not work? And if it doesn't, are there any other suggestions? I know getting off the computer is the first thing I should do, but I don't even feel sleepy at all. What can I do next time I need to go to sleep and my sleeping pill isn't working?
    Ambien didn't work for me at all either, but Lunesta did. You might not need something stronger, just a different medication. Have you tried anything else besides Ambien?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    615
    merrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to beholdmerrymiau is a splendid one to behold

    @ariana ,

    It definitely doesn't work for some people, and you may fall in that category.

    But I can't stress enough the importance of taking the med on an empty stomach with a full glass of water. By empty stomach, I mean waiting at least three hours after eating, and probably more like four hours to be on the safe side or if you've had a big meal that night.

  7. #7
    for me, ambien is wonderful, so is lunesta. if your really stressed and you have tolerance to these meds, you can try doubling the dose and doubling your tolerance. in any case, more is not better long term. ive benefited from both since 2005. if your freaky stressed, they will just calm you down, not put you to sleep, so be happy with that or hit the liquor cabinent. i havnt noticed ambien and alcohol arent that bad a combination, for me, unlike xanax, valium, tramadol. but thats just me, and im all about moderation. just take any experiements at low doses. no probs with alcohol and beer, everything else has made me ill to one degree or other.
    Last edited by DB Dicey; 05-28-2011 at 02:51 AM.

  8. #8
    I take Ambien and here is what i have learned. Ambien itself doesnt "PUT" you to sleep, but it does ensure a good quality of sleep once your out. Now i know the literature states its suppossed to put you to sleep but i find that not exactly true. Alot of external things will keep you from falling asleep. Winding down, no tv, no computer, clear your thoughts/worries, etc are ways to help your body recognize its time for bed. Ambien is just an "aid". Its not so much the answer. I highly suggest taking melatonin nightly. Also Advil PM WILL put you alseep. I think once you get into a good nightly routine the ambien will be alot more helpful.
    Helpful MNLady, DancingWriter Rated helpful
    Like Katie2Sleep liked this post

  9. #9
    @Art Vandelay any chance you might know something to boost the effectiveness of Ambien? I'm researching other forms of Zolpidem (Zolpimist and Edluar) my pharmacist never even heard of them.

    http://www.pharmacyreviewer.com/foru...ernatives.html
    Like Keith K Stone liked this post

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Naperville, Illinois
    Posts
    380
    Art Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really niceArt Vandelay is just really nice

    In my experience the brand name Ambien is world's better than the generics. Having tried a few different generics of Ambien over the past few years I would say. One 5mg name brand Ambien is as strong as a 10mg generic in my experience. I've never noticed such a disparity with other generics when compared to the original med.

    Why don't you just get the brand name? How much more expensive is it with your insurance?

    As far as potentiating Ambien, there is not enough info out there yet. Be careful with Ambien it is much stronger than most sleep aids.

    I know a nrop that has it but don't know the rules for posting it in this thread?

    Apparently Zoplicone is much stronger per mg than ambien. YMMV
    Last edited by Art Vandelay; 06-02-2011 at 05:57 PM.
    Like Alternate liked this post
    "Passion Of The Christ Nails It!"

  11. #11
    Thanks Art. It's been so many years since I used the brand. You couldn't be more right about the generics. I wish somebody would post experience with Zolpimist or Edluar. I don't see much info yet either but wonder is all Zolpidem sublingual (Edluar)
    Like Keith K Stone liked this post

  12. #12
    What I really should have said is since I have already tried it sublingual to no benifit what is different about the sublingual version Edluar
    Like Keith K Stone liked this post

  13. wrong post location
    Last edited by zippysurge; 06-03-2011 at 06:46 PM.

  14. dbl post mods feel free to delete both
    Last edited by zippysurge; 06-03-2011 at 06:47 PM.

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by ariana View Post
    Does Ambien just not work? And if it doesn't, are there any other suggestions? I know getting off the computer is the first thing I should do, but I don't even feel sleepy at all.
    Even if you feel fine, be careful about doing anything (except staying in bed) after you've taken Ambien. People sometimes do strange things, like crash their cars or purchase Alpacas.

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Chile
    Posts
    86
    realxsalo will become famous soon enoughrealxsalo will become famous soon enough

    Temazepam its the only benzo that no supress REM sleep.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Southwest, USA
    Posts
    60
    alexer34 is on a distinguished road

    One really important thing you need to remember is that food in your stomach less then 2 hours before will really screw up the absorption. And another thing to note is that the main GABA receptor that modulates sleep is the GABAa1 receptor i believe. 20mg of zolpidem is the most that can modulate the subreceptor. Some people in my family just cannot take Z-drugs. Maybe you should talk to your doc about a benzo for sleep like triazolam?

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Bloomington, MN
    Posts
    247
    MNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really niceMNLady is just really nice

    I have been taking 20mg of Ambien each night for over 4 years, so I will add my two cents.

    Someone here posted that Ambien does not put you to sleep but it makes sleep better. I agree with that to some extent. I am often awake for at least an hour after I take my Ambien. Sometimes I fall asleep in my recliner, wake up at 1:30 AM and then stumble to bed for the rest of the night.

    Sometimes 20mg no longer works for me. I have taken 30mg and that seems to help, but 20mg is really a maximum dose. The other way I have potentiated my Ambien is to add an extra lorazepam or even OTC sleep aids made with diphenhydramine. That seems to work too. Most nights I just take the two Ambien though.

    Z-drugs simply don't work for some people, sometimes the side effects are too severe, sometimes it is risky to take them, such as if you have sleep apnea.

    But they are a lifesaver for me.

  19. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Biggin2 View Post
    I take Ambien and here is what i have learned. Ambien itself doesnt "PUT" you to sleep, but it does ensure a good quality of sleep once your out. Now i know the literature states its suppossed to put you to sleep but i find that not exactly true. Alot of external things will keep you from falling asleep. Winding down, no tv, no computer, clear your thoughts/worries, etc are ways to help your body recognize its time for bed. Ambien is just an "aid". Its not so much the answer. I highly suggest taking melatonin nightly. Also Advil PM WILL put you alseep. I think once you get into a good nightly routine the ambien will be alot more helpful.
    I've had a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep for several years now. I was so excited to finally try Ambien, thinking it would help knock me out at night! The first few nights, I was SOOO disappointed. I completely agree---it doesn't "put" me to sleep at all. I have to still actually "try" to fall asleep (with no outside stimuli present) . . . though it does seem a bit "easier" to fall to sleep. It keeps me from waking multiple times during the night too.

    As for the Advil PM, Tylenol PM or any of the OTC sleep aides . . . they leave me feeling agitated, restless, anxious and almost "crawly." They are TERRIBLE with my system.

    I've heard that melatonin does help quite a few people . . . I still need to give this one a try.
    Helpful naynay Rated helpful
    Like ProfessorMoriarty liked this post

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    paradise
    Posts
    0
    hannibal72 will become famous soon enoughhannibal72 will become famous soon enough

    The best sleep medicine I've ever used (and I've used them all - ambien, lunesta, seconal, melatonin, valerian root, the OTC stuff) is 100mg of trazadone. At most, 200mg. As long as you're not the 1 in 100 person for whom the drug causes priapism, then you're good. If you are, well, then you save a bunch of cash on Cialis.


Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Why did ambien not work for me?
    By Rmt in forum Barbiturates and other sleeping drugs
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 12-17-2013, 12:13 AM
  2. Ambien not working for me!
    By LP398 in forum Barbiturates and other sleeping drugs
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-09-2009, 05:31 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Protected by Copyscape CopySentry. Do not copy.