Seriously. It did. I take ambien for sleep(12.5mg XR), as the chances of me sleeping on my own are not so good. But if I am awake past that first 40 minutes it makes me do crazy crap. Like post on my blog. Or clean out the fridge. OR trim, cut and cure 40 lbs of deer meat for Jerky slices. I’ve rearranged my 75 gallon aquarium and not remembered. I’ve don a LOT of things and not remembered.
It is mildly terrifying to know how much can happen with so little control. MY wife sure like the cleaning version of me though, so I doubt I’ll be changing over soon.
Do any of you have first hand experience of the crazy things meds made you do? We hear stories all the time from patients and coworkers, but I’d like to hear your own stories.
ON a clinical note, what do we need to look for with these odd situations? Can a patient sedated with ambien be reliable?
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Ambien Side Effects
- Difficulty with coordination
- Binge eating
- Memory problems (see Ambien CR and Memory Problems)
- Spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – heartburn is the most common symptom
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle pain.
Dosage in adults
The recommended dose for adults is 10 mg once daily immediately before bedtime. The total Ambien dose should not exceed 10 mg per day.
Elderly or debilitated patients may be especially sensitive to the effects of zolpidem tartrate. Patients with hepatic insufficiency do not clear the drug as rapidly as normal subjects. The recommended dose of Ambien in both of these patient populations is 5 mg once daily immediately before bedtime [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].
Use with CNS depressants
Dosage adjustment may be necessary when Ambien is combined with other CNS depressant drugs because of the potentially additive effects [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].
The effect of Ambien may be slowed by ingestion with or immediately after a meal.