ambien vs rozerem
Jill

AOL

#90 Dec 18, 2007
I am taking the samples of Rozerem also with good results, but I don't know how long to take it for
mary

Anderson, SC

#91 Dec 20, 2007
well i will try rozerem tonight ,i was on ambim and that stuff gave me nightmares, i have lung trouble and i hope this does not affect my breathing , if anyone out there has this to please let me know thanks i haven,t had a good nights sleep in a year,
Farilady

United States

#92 Dec 21, 2007
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 am having the same problem as you but with one exception. After taking the rozerem for 4-5 days it no longer puts me to sleep either and due to my condition and other meds, He will not try anything else with me.
Willie

Fairburn, GA

#93 Dec 22, 2007
I believe I have taken just about every sleeping med out there.So far Ambien CR seems to be the most effective although it's not the cheapest. My dotor just decided try Lunesta hopefully it will solve my problem. I also Rozerem and I personally thought it was waste of money.
Sarahsurvey

Cincinnati, OH

#94 Dec 25, 2007
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 am bipolar, and have been on rozerem for over 2 months now. I never had a problem falling asleep, but waking up between 3 to 5 am, staying awake for 2 hours, then going back to sleep. I have noticed recently more frequent, and very bizarre and vivid dreams, on the verge of nightmares. Just recently, I finally started noticing a difference where I am not waking up as frequently, and sleeping for longer periods of time.
mggab

AOL

#95 Jan 6, 2008
I've been taking Rozerem for about 2 months. I have noticed increased night sweats and I only sleep for about 4 hours and then I'm wide awake. I toss continuously. I'm ready to throw in the towel. My doctor won't prescribe any other sleep aid.
bojo

United States

#97 Jan 9, 2008
I have taken both. I got generic ambien for $4 which is great but the zombie like effects which linger, vivid dreams and concern of dependency caused me to pursue Rozerem. It's a different drug. No generic so its $45/mo which is way more than ambien. But the side effects are not bad and to me forces a more normal approach to getting a routine for good sleep habits. If I am in a bind and really need to knock out, I take benedryl instead of ambien.
Sara

United States

#98 Jan 11, 2008
I feel your pain, James. I also would take more and more Ambien until I would be out of medication for quite awhile before the presciption could be refilled. Pretty awful. So, I tried the Rozerem. I tried them for a month without much success. I also had to pay $150 for them because my insurance won't pay for them. So, I'm back to taking OTC stuff.
Sara

United States

#99 Jan 13, 2008
I was under the impression that Rozerem is Melatonin.
I have taken all three of these drugs, Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem. I have had the same effects as most of you. The Ambien does cause me to have amnesia and the memory problems are so upsetting and I wonder if it is doing permanent damage to me even if I never took another one if the damage is done. Does anyone know how long after you stop taking them it takes to get back to normal? Lunesta has a horrible taste, I believe it is similar to Ambien. Rozerem did cause me to have the vivid dreams but I didn't notice sleeping any better and I was often wanting to sleep during the day but at night I still couldn't sleep well and i think it was making me gain weight. I have heard that it alters your hormones.
Jacson

Sweden

#100 Jan 13, 2008
Sara wrote:
I was under the impression that Rozerem is Melatonin.
I have taken all three of these drugs, Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem. I have had the same effects as most of you. The Ambien does cause me to have amnesia and the memory problems are so upsetting and I wonder if it is doing permanent damage to me even if I never took another one if the damage is done. Does anyone know how long after you stop taking them it takes to get back to normal? Lunesta has a horrible taste, I believe it is similar to Ambien. Rozerem did cause me to have the vivid dreams but I didn't notice sleeping any better and I was often wanting to sleep during the day but at night I still couldn't sleep well and i think it was making me gain weight. I have heard that it alters your hormones.
Actaully, Ambien has a much better taste in my experience. As to Rozerem: I think that it's a great med to try when you're addicted to "Z" drugs, but it's hardly a worthy substitution long-term. In fact, I think that anti-histamines would be a more effective alternative.
Georgia

United States

#102 Jan 14, 2008
I have just started taiking Rozerem and it has given me very bad nightmares. Has anyone else experenced this?
Sara

United States

#103 Jan 15, 2008
Thanks Jacson. You may be right, Benedryl seems to work just as well as Rozerem. Thanks for your reply
Karen

Salt Lake City, UT

#104 Jan 17, 2008
I feel like I'm my doctor's guinea pig. First night on Rozerem (almost $50 *with* insurance because it's so new) was my worst night in weeks (I'm trying to switch to an earlier schedule to accommodate my husband's new work schedule so I can get my kid off to school; brain doesn't want to shut down before midnight or so). I'm terrified to try again. I got the "it takes a while to work" spiel from my doctor's office. Great, I said, I'll be checking in to the nearest psych ward by then from sleep deprivation. The tech (it's so hard when your doctor hires these idiots who know 1/10 what you do) called back later to say she'd call something else for me; I said what and she said trazadone --- which this doctor insisted I take once before despite the fact that I had tried it once and gotten ill on it. Didn't work and I eventually threw it up. This is in my record somewhere. Told the tech this and she said, oh, dear, the doc has just taken off and will be on a cruise for 10 days. I am so close to trying an online pharmacy, and I've about had it with this MD. This is insane to play little games like this when there are safe, effective things out there for short term use.

My questions would be
1) Any advice (other than switching doctors)?
2) It almost looks from reading the board like if you don't get relief and do get weird side effects (I didn't fall asleep well and was up frequently, so essentially no sleep on top of bad sleep for 3 weeks) the first night, it's maybe just not going to work for you?
3) My normal bedtime thing is melatonin and an herb with valerian and such in it. I figured because Roz hits the melatonin receptors, it would be futile to take melatonin with it? But someone says his doc said take both? Any more on that?
Thanks.
About the check into Bedlam here from sleep deprivation psychosis...
Karen
sleepless night

Kannapolis, NC

#107 Jan 24, 2008
I just started taking rozerem and I am wide awake. How long does it take to take effect?
Jason H

Calhoun, LA

#108 Jan 25, 2008
My experience. I have just started taking Rozerem for trouble falling to sleep b/c of anxiety. My Dr at first put me on Ambien, which knocks you out, but I would wake up starving, and talking non-sense according to my wife. My Dr was concerned about becoming dependent so I'm going to give this a try. Also, I've tried Trazadone but it would just make me dizzy, and I'd never fall asleep.
Jim

Sarasota, FL

#109 Jan 26, 2008
I'm currently taking Rozerem for insomnia due to anxiety, I've only been on it a few days but so far its been working pretty good. I think part of the key here is that you'r supposed to let your brain go into sleep mode to get the desired effect (Go to bed and relax, as opposed to sittin infront of the computer waiting to get knocked out...)
I tried Ambien before and was pleased with the effects but I felt like i built up a tolerance fairly quick and would have to double dose to get any effect after a while, and that part wasn't exactly what I signed up for.
The best sleep aid I ever had was Restoril (Temazepam) which is a benzodiazepine hypnotic agent and pretty damn strong at that. when my doc wrote the script for me he told me its only approved for short term treatments of insomia, so unless this has changed it wouldnt do much for those of us who have this problem all the time, but it worked wonders for me for the two weeks I had it...
Joyce

Myrtle Beach, SC

#110 Jan 29, 2008
I have had severe sleep problems for 17 years. Have been on restoril, trazodone, clonazepam, and finally started ambien 7 years ago. I have felt great on ambien, and woke up feeling ready to go. I must say I din't make it thru the night this last year. but would take a clonopin in the middle of the night and went back to sleep. I have now moved, and went to a new psychiatrist.He told me that ambien degenerates the brain and he won't prescribe it. He put me back on trazodone at the level I had taken 17 years ago, 150mg...obviously too much.(He said trazodone actually regenerates the brain and prevents alzheimers and other memory problems in old age.) I have lowered the dosage each night, and after 4 nights, I am still miserable, with double vision, wobbly legs (fell twice), dry mouth, headache, and just drowsy and unable to function..also horrible constipation. My question is: does anyone know if trazodone is better for the brain than ambien? I can't seem to find that info online. Thanks so much if you can respond to that.
Jennifer M

Elko, NV

#111 Feb 8, 2008
Awhile back my previous Dr prescribed me lunesta and the first couple times i took it, it worked sooo good. Then there were night i would take it and i would lay in bed and yawn and yawn but couldnt sleep.
Well that Dr left and i was forced to find a new one. Today he prescribed me rozerem and well i took it about 10:30 and at first i thought it was going to to work. I started feeling so relaxed and comfortable i was so happy i thought for once i just may sleep through the night. Well it is now almost 3 a.m and no sleep, the whole time i was laying there i was sleeping but very jumpy and just feeling weird the whole time. I think i started to doze off but every time my daughter or husband made the slightest movement it would make me jump and almost nervous feeling. Has anyone had this happen with this. Im so sick of not sleeping.
For a couple of years i have been taking nyquil and after about 4 doses i usually go to sleep around 4 am. But im afraid its going to kill my liver.
THis is so frustrating i just spent $50 bucks on this stuff and its not working.
ugh

Los Angeles, CA

#112 Feb 13, 2008
lori wrote:
I've used ambien and it only works for about 3 days, I am an addict sot I am very careful about how I use these drugs. I will only use ambien once a month if I absolutely have to. I tried lunesta and within a couple of days was completely suicidal. This is not normal for me and I was able to reason with myself that the feelings were not real but a chemical byproduct. Please be careful with Lunesta if you are prone to depression or suicidal thoughts. I told my Dr. and he said he hadn't heard of that as a side effect, but I know me and when I stopped the lunesta I felt like me again. I am now trying rozerem ( one night, it worked, lots of weird dreams and feel groggy in am), lots of exercise, and a good bedtime routine.
Lunesta makes me so depressed for days after that it is completely intolerble....The good night's sleep isn't worth the tears and the taste is like an all day affair the next day and makes me rather paranoid about the freshness of my breath, too. Rozerem ...fell asleep for 2 hours and awake for three, had to take my old pill but I woke up with what felt like a lightbulb bursting in my brain and my eyes - I jumped up frightened and weirded out and worried about the effects of something only tested for a year. WTF? I didn't get a warning about that. I feel like the docs use people as guinea pigs....always so excited to push something new and always so afraid of addiction. I think it's more dangerous to keep bouncing back and forth from new things, especially if your health is suffering to begin with.
Chris Gordon

Bath, UK

#113 Feb 13, 2008
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