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#1 relicmom1

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 03:45 PM

Hello everyone,
I want to share with you a terrible nightmare expierence I had this week. It happened Monday night/Tuesday morning. I have taken Ambien for years for insomnia, and I have never had this happen before, but here goes. I took my usual pill before going to bed. Well, you know the TV ads say to watch for amnesia and sleep walking.... Apparently during the night I got up (who knows how many times) and took more Ambien, I took a total of 11 pills!!!!!!! When my daughter got up to go to school about 6:30am I was apparently doing all sorts of weird things...I poured soda all over the kitchen, tried to put the dog in the washer, I mean really weird things...well anyway, she tried to get me to lay down and I tried to strangle her, I hit her, I cursed her, chased her through the house. I fell down the stairs, and who knows what else. I have ABSOLUTELY NO MEMORY of what I did. She called my husband at work ( he works about 35 minutes away) and he came home to help her keep me from hurting her or myself. They finally got me to calm down and lay back down. I slept until Wednesday afternoon!!!! I'm lucky to be alive!!! I am still feeling a bit on the weird side. I have all sorts of bruises and scrapes. The worse thing is the guilt of what I put my daughter through (and the rest of my family). She did not deserve what happened to her, none of my family did, but especially her. My son's job has him out of town during the week. She called him and his fiance trying to get help while she waited for her dad to get home. I guess they should've called 911, but thankfully I'm ok.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 03:49 PM

Oh Barb, how bizzare!!!! And scary!!

I'm really glad you are OK.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 03:52 PM

Oh my, I am so sorry to hear that!! I took Ambien for about a month and it stopped working. So did the other one that's commonly prescribed (can't think of the name of it). That's another problem I have. My long term memory memory is non-existent. Are you still taking it?
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 03:57 PM

What a frightening story. I hope your daughter understands and can forgive you for things you had no control over. Thank you for sharing your story. Put those pills in another room. You don't need to wake up and because you happen to be awake, think you can't get back to sleep without taking another pill. They do need to be in another room.
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#5 relicmom1

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 04:01 PM

Actually ,they were destroyed that day and they did call my primary care physician and talk to him, so he's aware and will not prescribe them anymore , NOT that I EVER WANT them again. Thanks for ya'lls support :)
Peace :)
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 04:15 PM

Barbara,

I'm sorry... for all of you! That experience had to have been traumatic for ALL of you... for your daughter for what she experienced, for you and the fear you must feel knowing that a medication can be that dangerous..OTC, no less :o . It might be a good idea to get in touch with your primary care dr and let him/her know what you experienced. It would be good to find out what/why this happened... what caused you to take so many Ambien!

I am SO glad that something very, VERY serious didn't happen to either you or your daughter through all of this.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves!

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:19 PM

Barbara sorry to hear that.. it's really really scary what meds can do to you, even that they're suppose to help. I'm glad you are okay now, and your family as well. It must have been just terrible. Emmi

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 10:51 PM

What a scary experience. I'm glad it all worked out for the best. But please ALL of you note that if anything like this happens, call your emergency service right away. You have no idea what kind of damage could have been happening leaving you to just sleep it off. Emergency medical professionals would know what counter actions are right for the situation.
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 02:42 AM

Wow Barbara, so sorry you had such a crazy night!!! I'm sure your daughter knows that wasn't you really doing those things and it was the medication.

I hope your ok.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 02:54 AM

Barbara,
What a horrible experience! I have been taking Ambien for years and nothing like this has ever happened. That is crazy! I am glad everything turned out to be ok.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 04:19 AM

Barbara:

I am so, so sorry that this happened. I am sure your daughter knows it wasn't your fault and you weren't in control. I took ambien one night and it was the strangest night I had ever had so I quit taking it right away. Please take care.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 08:45 AM

Wow Barbara, that is terrifying for all concerned but thankfully it turned out ok in the end. I'm sure you'll sit and have a talk with your daughter to explain that it wasn't really you behaving that way (it was because of the meds) and no doubt she will understand. Like you, I would not want to take them again and I would have also destroyed them as well. I hope you are all doing much better now.
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 01:19 PM

Oh my, what a horrifying experience you and your family had. I tried Ambien a couple times but didn't like the "drunk" feeling it gave me. I cannot even imagine the nightmare your family went through worring about you. Those things are what you hear of in horror movies. I'm sure once that fear subsides, your daughter will know that it wasn't really you but the drug. How fortunate that nothing more serious happened.

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:59 AM

Hey guys! THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR CARING AND SUPPORT!!!!!! I knew you guys would be there for me :) I am going to my primary care physician today to discuss what happened and alternatives for the insomnia. Ever since I finally got over the Ambien's sedation (and it took several days) I haven't slept more than a couple of hours per night. I'll let you guys know how it goes! Again, THANKS for being so WONDERFUL (as usual :) )



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I live in central Virginia, USA and we have had chilly, damp weather for the last week with no relief in sight and it is making my joints and muscles ACHE <_< soooooo baddddd!!!!!!!!
Peace :)
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Posted 08 April 2008 - 12:04 PM

Hey guys, well I'm back from my visit with my primary care physician. He said that even though I took that large amout of Ambien, It doesn't "overdose" you like you would think. He said youreach a level and stay there, and that's why he didn't have my family call for help (911). That the best thing for them to do was to keep me from hurting myself or someone else. Now he says I can't take Lunesta because it has reports of doing the same thing. He said we might try Rozerum, that it doesn't have any reports of this type of thing, but for right now for me to use benadryl. He realted some stories to me about some of his friends having similar things happening ( and either the one who had it happen was a dr or the spouse of a dr) the thing that baffles us is the fact that it happened since I have been taking it for years without any problems......but we all here know how FAST things can change with us :P . At any rate, I am very fortuneate to have a wonderful supportive and understanding family, NOT to mention, YA'LL!!!!! (I am a southern girl :rolleyes: ya know!) My daughter and I have talked and she totally understands that I did not do anything to her on purpose. :) She is just worried that it will happen again and no one will be here to keep me from leaving or hurting myself or someone else.
Peace :)
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Posted 08 April 2008 - 12:15 PM

Barbara,
Somehow I missed this thread, so I apologize for coming in late. WOW - what an experience! I'm glad you were able to get in to see your doctor and he's trying to get something else working for you. However, most of all, I'm glad that you do have such a supportive and understanding family. What a jewel of a daughter! Of course she's probably just a reflection of her mother.

I truly hope something like this never happens again and that you and the doctor can straighten out your meds to help it prevent it from happening. Very weird reaction you had! Bless your heart!

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 12:23 PM

Oh that's wonderful news. Lunesta was the name of the other sleep aid I took, but couldn't remember the name of the other day. I will keep you in my thoughts!
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Posted 08 April 2008 - 03:41 PM

Wow, that is a scary story. I know I have seen Double with Ambien and I have read of wild stories with ambien but you are the first to confirm that it could happen to anyone. How did you figure out how many you took? I am so glad you came out of it OK. SUsie54( Haven't posted in a long time, been overwhelmed by alot of life going on)

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 05:02 AM

I had just gotten my refill on Monday, so my daughter counted how many pills were left in the bottle. I do have one theory though....like I said I have taken them for years without any problems. The generic form of it became available about a year or so ago, so now I get generic...well, I wonder if the manufacturer of the generic pills I got this time had something wrong with them????Like I said, I had just gotten the refill on Monday and this happened that night. B) but like I said, it's just a thought. I also had heard of things like this on the news. I don't know if you remember but a while back there was some politician that had a bad car wreck and he blamed the ambien. Said he was "sleep driving". He didn't remember anything until after his wreck. When that happened, I thought to my self..."yeah..right buddy" :blink: I thought he was "full of it" and just trying to find something to blame other than himself, Well, now that I've had this happen, I realize he was telling the truth.
Peace :)
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Posted 09 April 2008 - 10:23 AM

relicmom,

that could very well be, that the generic form had something to do with it. Although I beleive all active ingreedients have to be the same as the name brand. Its a tough one to figure out.
I have been taking Lunesta, and it works well. Maybe look into switching?

Oh and whew that you can't overdose on the Ambien. What a releif that is.

Karen