Sunday, September 24, 2006

And Now Let G Bitch Praise Ambien

I feel different, Mister says I look different, I see better. I had truly forgotten what sleep feels like. I am agog daily with the relief I feel. And that I can replicate it.

I hope my doctor doesn't cut me off any time soon.


Blogger brownfemipower said...

seriously??? I have *horrible* time sleeping--maybe i need to check into this...

Sun Sep 24, 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous EJ said...

oh praise Him for Ambien! glory!

Sun Sep 24, 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DO NOT GET OUT OF BED AFTER YOU TAKE AMBIEN! I have made that mistake. But I do love my sleep

Sun Sep 24, 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Zero said...

You mean, you did not have this before? I thought all serious insomniacs had Ambien...or is it hard to talk doctors into prescribing? Or is this one of those cool drugs it's easier for men to get than women (all the insomniacs in my department are men, and they all have Ambien)? Anyway, very glad that you got it and that it is working.

Sun Sep 24, 11:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I have taken Ambien for almost 2 years. I learned the "do not get out of bed lesson" when my husband came home
and I was watering plants in my underpants and jacket at 2 a.m.

Better than the guy down the street who came out naked. Lock the door stay in bed and sleep sleep sleep

Mon Sep 25, 02:22:00 AM  
Blogger G Bitch said...

Trust me, I know all about the do-not-get-out-of-bed. After 6+ years of insomnia, why would I want to?

Professor Zero, my GP wouldn't prescribe anything for sleep b/c of my depression, and this was over 4 years ago when the depression was more an annoyance than a life-stopping brick wall. She was ready to send me to a sleep clinic but wouldn't prescribe anything. And I got used to it. I figured that was what my life would be for the foreseeable future. And became numb to the continuing deterioration of my body and mind. My GP is too "good" to prescribe anything just b/c I recommend it or complain of a symptom. Maybe your male colleagues have player doctors. Or they make their insomnia sound like a life-or-death issue, more important than cancer screenings or heart attacks. Yet she should've been concerned about my physical deterioration; wouldn't 30+ pounds in 3 years raise at least half an eyebrow?

Karen, I'm curious about the long-term use of Ambien. I haven't yet decided how to use it but right now, I'm revelling in alertness.

Mon Sep 25, 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I started taking 10m pill. I have had intermitent sleep "issues" but after a diagnosis of Cancer and no Insurance I was pretty sleepless. About 3 months ago I started to break the pills in half and the knock me out just fine. I have friends who have take it and have no plans to stop, I would like to be able to go to sleep on my own. But will not lose sleep over my inability to fall asleep without my sleep aids.

Mon Sep 25, 09:04:00 AM  
Blogger G Bitch said...

But will not lose sleep over my inability to fall asleep without my sleep aids.

You are so right. I wish I'd thought that way. I cannot believe I went a little over 6 years on 2-4 hours of sleep a night and resigned myself to it. I'll be taking it as long as the psychiatrist will let me.

Mon Sep 25, 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Zero said...

These GPs are too timid!!!

Mon Sep 25, 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Yeah, GPs are too timid. I think they get real nervous with psych meds. most shrinks have no problem offering Ambien along with anti-depressants. I've found that better sleep is one of the best treatments for depression. One of the first things I noticed too was that i was more alert during the day and not at all groggy.

Don't stop taking it on a night you can't afford to lose sleep! You can get "rebound insomnia" for a couple of nights, sort of like withdrawal. I avoid that possibility by not taking it every night (3-5 nights in a row, then skip a night or two); label says not for more than 7 nights(?) in a row. But once i started it, i didn't care if i needed it every night, long as my liver wasn't gonna just fall out of my ass one day.

it didn't, by the way. i'm fine.

Don't break up the Ambien CR tabs, because that will throw off the long acting, time-released properties. I guess you'd either not get enough or too much. And don't try to talk to someone if they wake u up in the middle of the night, especially if it's only like the 1st or 2nd time they've spent the night (trust me on this).

Otherwise, SLEEP TIGHT!! :-)

Wed Sep 27, 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger G Bitch said...

ej, are you speaking from experience? (wry smile)

Wed Sep 27, 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger E.J. said...

That's what I do -- depression, meds, bad ass kids -- the wonderful world of clinical psychology!

As for personal experience? hmm...I plead the 5th. ;-P

Wed Sep 27, 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Elliott said...

Thought you might be interested in this article about Ambien's little known, unintended benefits (albeit for a limited number of people. Here's my blog post with a link:

Tue Oct 10, 02:20:00 PM  

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