Have any of you ever taken Ambien? What side effects have you had? I take one (10 mg) about every couple months. If I go right to sleep, it works great. But if I take it and then something keeps me awake it makes me hallucinate. Too weird! It's not scary, because I'm aware of what it's from, but it makes strange patterns on the wall, etc. My husband has also told me that I babble on and on. (and I'll have no recollection of talking or of what I said. ) Another thing, it gives me dbl. vision.( I remember taking Valium after surgery a few years ago and it gave me dbl. vision, too.) And, one last thing, I took one last night and woke up about an hr. later w/really bad hiccups that lasted about 15 min!
I was just curious if anyone out there knew anything about this particular med. I seldom use it, but sometimes I really have trouble sleeping so I'll take one.
Are these normal side effects? Is my dosage too strong, maybe?
Oct 25, '01
Why don't you try melatonin. Any health food store will carry it. The recommended dose is 1ml which is 0.3 mg I believe, that is sublingual. However the stuff is powerful and the person who recommended it to me told me to start with 1/3 the recommended dose. I have never needed more than that. I wish they would do studies on the elderly with it. I am so tired of scraping the over 70 crowd off the walls after sleeping pills. I think it would be particularly useful in the sundown dementia groups. They always seem to have problems with a circadian rythym disturbance that has them up all night and sleeping all day. I have wondered if we took care of the sleep disturbances if their dementia would not improve.
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