DancingLight Posted August 1, 2005 Report Share Posted August 1, 2005 Hello All!I need a little support...and ANY tips you may have would be great!I have been taking Ambien for almost 7 years now...and my POTS doc wants me to stop it b/c it contains lactose. I have hypersensitivity to milk and we do not want milk products to be even in my meds. Ambien cannot be compounded w/out milk b/c it is still under patent. Anyway...it doesn't work as well anymore b/c I have been taking it for so long (and YES, I do know that it is only FDA approved for short-term use of 7-10 days. Believe me, I have tried EVERYTHING else and tried going off of this med several times before.)Still...even though it doesn't work so hot, it still feels a heck of a lot better when I take it then trying to stop it! UGH!I am ssooooooo MISERABLE! I am a sour puss, Roselover! I gradually decreased my dose from 12.5 mg a night down to 5 mg a night (2.5 mg at bedtime and 2.5 mg when I woke up in the middle of the night). Then, on Friday night I stopped it completely.The past three nights...I have been up ALL night long. I CRAVE the Ambien. I am agitated, anxious, flushing, sweating, and just lying there awake. But, I am too dizzy and tachy and tired at the same time to do anything. I am increasing my Doxepin to try to override the insomnia and it is doing nothing. I still have magnesium to add in and will ask my doc if I can do that this week. I am also taking Topamax in the evening. I thought b/w the two of those I would be OUT! But, no such luck! Last night I had one of my 8 hour 'spells' of pounding heart, dizziness, etc. and the only thing that I can guess is that I am in a vicious cycle...no sleep, more fight or flight, then harder to sleep, and on and on.Anybody know how long this withdrawal will last? Or anything I can do to ease it? Or any other tips? Anyone else go through this with Ambien? It's the only med that has ever helped me to sleep, so I am really not too sure what is going to happen even after the withdrawal part subsides...ANY tips would be greatly appreciated. Does anyone else have the degree of insomnia that I do? Oh, I hate that I can't sleep! And the less sleep I get the more tachy and dizzy and on and on. I hate it!Okay, sorry for the vent! Thank you!Later Alligators!Please send me sleep vibes! Emily Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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