ambien vs rozerem
Jennifer

San Antonio, TX

#300 Aug 4, 2010
jason wrote:
has anyone tried ambien and rozeram what works better
I had been on ambien for about 4 years....I found myself extremely dependent on it. It was starting to have a 'reverse' effect on me. I was acting strangely along with having blackouts. I would have no recollection of things I had done, phone conversations, taking money out of my husbands wallet, etc. It was getting bad!!! I went through a detox program to get off of them. My doctor there prescribed me rozerem. To my surprise I am getting plenty of sleep with out all the craziness I was feeling with ambien. Me personally, I would not recommend ambien to anyone for the simple fact of what it had done to my life and also it was very hard to transition off of ambien. But in keeping an open mind...different medications work differently on each individual. If you take the ambien ONLY AS DIRECTED and openly communicate with your doctor if you start to see strange behaviors, then I would say it may be worth a try. But please go into it with your eyes wide open - get as much information as you can before you just jump in like I did.
Liz Michigan

United States

#301 Aug 31, 2010
I've been having trouble sleeping for a while; trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I tried Ambien and w/in 15 minutes I was so drugged. As soon as I took it I had to head for bed. After a while I wasn't sleeping through the night. I tried several other meds, then went back to Ambien. One morning my husband discussed what we talked about the night before and I had no recollection of what he was talking about. I even offered to drive. He didn't even realize I had taken the Ambien. Scary thought of what might have happened if I did drive...That was the last time I took it.

I also tried Sleep Aid, which is generic benadryl, 75 mg per night, and a lot cheaper. It would take an hour to kick in and I still didn't sleep all night. I'm going to try Melatonin 3mg and see what happens. I have an Rx for Rozerem. Doc said it would take 3-4 weeks to kick in. All I want is a good night's sleep.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#302 Sep 1, 2010
Liz Michigan wrote:
I've been having trouble sleeping for a while; trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I tried Ambien and w/in 15 minutes I was so drugged. As soon as I took it I had to head for bed. After a while I wasn't sleeping through the night. I tried several other meds, then went back to Ambien. One morning my husband discussed what we talked about the night before and I had no recollection of what he was talking about. I even offered to drive. He didn't even realize I had taken the Ambien. Scary thought of what might have happened if I did drive...That was the last time I took it.
I also tried Sleep Aid, which is generic benadryl, 75 mg per night, and a lot cheaper. It would take an hour to kick in and I still didn't sleep all night. I'm going to try Melatonin 3mg and see what happens. I have an Rx for Rozerem. Doc said it would take 3-4 weeks to kick in. All I want is a good night's sleep.
((((LIZ))))) I promise that the melatonin will work!! I was shocked to find out HOW GREAT it worked after 6 months of trying meds /teas/ and too small of a dose of the melotonin. I had tried just .1 insteaad of .3...
After just a couple nights...I did not use it anymore. I still get occasional broken sleep...but put up with it as it is NORMAL to have nights like that once in awhile... If it continues more than two nights...I take the melatonin again for a night or two. MUCH EASIER on our psyche and body~
Jessica

United States

#303 Sep 4, 2010
I was taking Ambien CR for a few years and always worked well for me. I just took Rozerem last night for the first time and it is horrible. I feel asleep and woke up in the middle of the night very anxious and wide awake. Today I can barely stand up I am so dizzy and can barely see straight. I will not take this again. Has anyone else had an experience like this?
Brenda8859

Concord, NC

#304 Sep 5, 2010
katheter wrote:
I have been trying a trial version of Rozerem and it really helps me to sleep and basically started right away with the first dose. At first, I did have some drowsiness the next day but this gradually got better. But I have been having really weird dreams. Not nightmares actually but very vivid and very active dreams. They are so weird that I frequently wake up from them. However I can go back to sleep again and usually do not have a repeat. Has anyone else experienced this? Just thought I would ask.
I had been "hooked" on Ambien, not a good thing either. I needed several other drugs to become unaddicted. Now I'm on Rozerem and Klonopin at bedtime. Together they work very well and not supposed to be addictive. Time will tell, but so far so good, no side effects, no drowsiness in morning, etc. I've used this combo for over a year now.
Brenda8859

Concord, NC

#305 Sep 5, 2010
I had been "hooked" on Ambien, not a good thing either. I needed several other drugs to become unaddicted. Now I'm on Rozerem and Klonopin at bedtime. Together they work very well and not supposed to be addictive. Time will tell, but so far so good, no side effects, no drowsiness in morning, etc. I've used this combo for over a year now.
Joey

Austin, TX

#307 Sep 10, 2010
jason wrote:
has anyone tried ambien and rozeram what works better
I use both at the same time.
Scott

AOL

#308 Sep 11, 2010
lori wrote:
<quoted text>I tried ambien and it works great. I have not tried the rozeram, but I did try lunesta and that was a joke. Plus it leaves a terrible taste in your mouth. Im trying to find something a little cheaper than ambien, if any one knows of anything.
Hi. I see your post is old, but I wanted to tell you that Ambien is not very expensive. 120 tablets cost about $9.00 (nine) if you go to Costco, and you don't need a membership to use the pharmacy.
N-V-Slumber

Waterloo, Canada

#309 Sep 13, 2010
I have been taking Ambien for a year now. And a couple months ago it stopped working for me. I would take it, and an hour or so later, I would feel drunk. Then I was wide awake all night, with a horrible headache. I stopped taking it for a couple weeks. But that didn't seem to help. Everyone has such different opinions on the different meds. But has anyone had that reaction to Ambien?
Jennifer

Dallas, TX

#310 Sep 27, 2010
I had been taking Ambien CR for a couple of years but was no longer sleeping through the night. So I went to my doc, who put me on both Ambien CR and Rozarem. She said the Rozarem wouldn't start taking effect for a couple of weeks. The goal is to let the Rozarem start working and then remove the Ambien. I am kind of afraid to stop the Ambien because I have not been able to sleep without it for years, but we'll see how it goes. I do know my memory is getting worse and I seem to be very cloudy-headed and confused all the time, and I wonder if that's a symptom of taking the Ambien too long. It seems like it might be.

I will say that Rozarem didn't make one whit of difference for me until I'd been taking it for a week, so don't give up on it after just one night.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#311 Sep 29, 2010
Jennifer wrote:
I had been taking Ambien CR for a couple of years but was no longer sleeping through the night. So I went to my doc, who put me on both Ambien CR and Rozarem. She said the Rozarem wouldn't start taking effect for a couple of weeks. The goal is to let the Rozarem start working and then remove the Ambien. I am kind of afraid to stop the Ambien because I have not been able to sleep without it for years, but we'll see how it goes. I do know my memory is getting worse and I seem to be very cloudy-headed and confused all the time, and I wonder if that's a symptom of taking the Ambien too long. It seems like it might be.
I will say that Rozarem didn't make one whit of difference for me until I'd been taking it for a week, so don't give up on it after just one night.
It may take a few restless nights in order to recover from the meds~
JUST KNOW that YOU are going the right way by leaving meds behind.
Start reading the New Testament in the bible friend.
EVEN IF you are NOT a Christian... the walk of the man Jesus IS true~ Many good helpful verses to relax and comfort you into sleep.
Knowledgeable Man

Honolulu, HI

#312 Oct 5, 2010
Some of you people are idiots!! Everything you do has the "abuse" or "date rape" potential by someone. How about getting a woman really drunk? Does that make it ok because it's not considered a date rape drug? No! If GHB works (which it does very well from past experience for sleep) then who cares if it's a date rape drug. Sleep is probably the most important things we do in life. Do what you have to do!!!
As for the first post from "beendetoxed", you're an idiot!! Go ahead and have your horrible nights sleep because your physician told you ambien is benzo and you can't take benzos. Technically it's not!!! It shares some of the same characteristics but it's not a benzo. Get your facts straight before you post emotionally provoked incorrect statements!
For all of you people having trouble sleeping, there isn't one thing out there that will ever solve it but I could be wrong. The bottom line, you need to "experiment" with drugs (yes I said it), supplements, food, lifestyle changes, sex, exercise and numerous other things.
Thank you all for sharing your details, experiences and stories. Hopefully if everyone posts "correct and factual" data then it'll help all of us insomniacs find a possible answer to our own unique situation.
Aloha from Hawaii!
Michael wrote:
<quoted text>
Same thing with me. I wake up several times a night but I feel like I have slept 8 hours. In the morning I do feel dizzy for about 2 hours after wakening which is a pain in the butt.
maggiecolusa

Williams, CA

#313 Oct 13, 2010
i urge all of you to check out "ambien & headaches" forum. might make you think twice about taking ambien. i took it for about 16 yrs & suffered TERRIBLE depression. just resently found topix forums & found many people have had the same effect from it. stopped ambien 9/1 & within 2 weeks deep depression had lifted. amazing difference!! there definitely are some withdrawal issues to deal with. for me migraine have been a big issue &some difficulty sleeping (it is 4:10 a.m. right now!) however i am NEVER going back on that stuff.
and i want to say to "knowledgeable man" you are extremely RUDE! you must have been looking in the mirror when you were talking about IDIOTS. to the rest of you, i wish the very best sleep & happy days.
Nurse

Aberdeen, SD

#314 Oct 14, 2010
james wrote:
I am on my 3rd year of ambien or ambien cr. there is a tolerance after awhile, so i keep having to take more to sleep. my prescription is up after three weeks usually. does anyone have any extra they'd be willing to part with?
That is illegal!
Diana

Winter Park, FL

#316 Nov 10, 2010
I have been taking Ambien Cr for 2 years and it really worked for sleep. However, recently I found that I have been doing things during the DAY and not remembering them. I only found this out because on two occasions I had a friends over and didn't know it until it was brought up in conversations. This means I could potentially be sleep driving during the day and not know it. I have asked my doctor to switch me to something else. I am giving Rozerem a try.
mandalynn

Beloit, WI

#317 Nov 11, 2010
beendetoxed wrote:
LISTEN!!!! I just came from treatment from a leading addictionologist in this country. He can prove that Ambien (or Zolpidem) is a benzodiazapine drug. It is highly addictive!!!! If you have been taking it regularly for any period of time, you are addicted!!! It is pure hell to come off of. Don't get caught up in this pharmaceutical lie that can kill you.
How is this a Benzo? I'm on a specific medication that will kill ppl that take Benzo's. I've been on ambien CR for years, no problem. I have random drug screens at work, NEVER been positive for a benzo, if it was one it would test positive. Someone is mixed up, or explain how its a benzo????????
Vanderkallen

West Des Moines, IA

#318 Nov 21, 2010
lori wrote:
<quoted text>I tried ambien and it works great. I have not tried the rozeram, but I did try lunesta and that was a joke. Plus it leaves a terrible taste in your mouth. Im trying to find something a little cheaper than ambien, if any one knows of anything.
Ambien is only $7 at costco pharmacy WITH OUT insurance!
Kathleen

West Jordan, UT

#319 Jan 6, 2011
stephanie wrote:
I was just given samples of Rozerem. My initial difficulty was falling asleep. The doctor told me to give it 3 days to work effectively. So far, it has helped me fall asleep but now seems to wake me up periodically during the night - wide awake! Has anyone else noticed this effect or do I just need to give it more time?
I have problems falling asleep also, I have been taking Rozerem for about 1 week, it is great at helping me fall asleep, but like you, I am wide awake by about 3AM, I am still taking it and hoping like you that more time will correct the problem. Good luck to both of us.
Joebot

Floral Park, NY

#320 Jan 6, 2011
I tried Rozerem for one night it didn't do any better than the 5mg of Melatonin I was taking, in fact the Melatonin lets me sleep through the night. Rozerem is not cheap but Melatonin is so I will stick with it. According to my Doctor Rozerem is a Melatonin receptor anyway so I will stay with the Melatonin.
chris

Nanuet, NY

#321 Jan 27, 2011
be very careful with ambien. I took it for a month straight and discovered what a panic attack was. Your brain chemistry changes and adapts to ambien thus creating a tolerance. But that change is far wider reaching than sleep alone. Ambien wears off quickly and your body goes into withdrawal within 20 hours of your last dose if you have been taking it continuously for some time. The withdrawals are horrible. Confusion serious rapid heart beat, intense unrelenting anxiety and panic. I had to call an ambulance, they recorded my blood pressure well over 180 when my normal is 126. I had episodes like this for nearly a week gradually subsiding. Whatever you do taper off of this drug do not quit cold turkey.

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