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I noticed, when i started having the stomach pains, and now the IBS, that my sleeping was getting out of hand, it got to the point where i could not fall to sleep. My doc put me on AMBIEN 10MG, i use 1 or sometimes 2, and it sets me right to sleep, and the good things about it, is that you dont feel drowsy in the morning, and you dont get addicted. Feel free to email me, or reply, if you have any questions.
 

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I had the same results form Ambien. No side effects and it is great! Unfortunatly my doctor only let me have a few and says it's addicting. I wish I could just keep taking it becasue I notice such a big diffence. i need a new doctor. i beleive she thinks I am some kind of drug addict seeking drugs and social security (so I don't have to work). She tells me to "live with it". Soem docs jsut don't have any feelsing for people with IBS. i guess becasue of what they read, It's not life threatening and they need counceling and SSRI's which I agree with. Nobody understands it unless you live with it. Is your Doc going to let you keep taking it?
 

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My dad took Ambien for awhile when he was depressed and not sleeping at all. Yes, it IS addicting (and thank God no, he didn't get addicted). My mom noticed that sometimes my dad would take it and then practically go unconscious while sitting at the kitchen table-- like he was heavily drugged. This really scared her. He would all of a sudden just drug out right in front of her and she could barely get him into their bed.If you take it, do so very carefully, and follow all the directions-- including the one not listed: tell your spouse AHEAD OF TIME that you're taking it that evening, so they don't think you're falling into a coma!Regards, Lilymaid
 

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I suppose most of this has been addressed by others, but I would like to stress the following:Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) is a controlled substance (C-IV). This means that the drug is subject to the provisions of the Uniform Controlled Substances Acts of 1970.Ambien may be habit-forming if taken for an extended period of time. Further, tolerance to this drug develops rapidly. This means you have to keep increasing the dosage to obtain the same effect. Zolpidem is a member of the imidazopyridine family of hypnotics, and has been associated with benzodiazepine-type drug dependency. One study compared the abuse potential of Ambien 40mg with Valium 20 mg. You can draw your own conclusions, but I would be hesitant to take this drug longer than a couple of days. Perhaps you can try an antihistamine, like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or the like. This drugs have no known abuse potential when taken as prescribed. The only drawback of antihistamines is they can leave you with a "hangover"-- that is, you wake up feeling groggy. I guess there's always some sort of tradeoff!Have you ever tried hypnosis or meditation to help you sleep?
 
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