I've been prescribed to ambien
(10mg, not CR) for almost 2 years. I know that it's illegal to take ambien other than prescribed, i.e, taking more than the prescribed dosage, but does this include instructions from the doctor or advertisements?
The advertisements explicitly say "Do not take with alcohol
" whereas my doctor doesn't really explicitly say this, but obviously she won't condone it.
Now, after a night of drinking comes to an end and I still can't fall asleep, is it illegal to take ambien?
When I first started taking Ambien, it worked after about 15 minutes, but now it's closer to 30-45 minutes. As a result I've resorted to some sort of night-time activity between taking ambien and falling asleep, such as reading or talking to whoever happens to be online. My doctor is aware of this, so I don't think that's illegal.
However, as a result I start to experience the popular recreational effects of ambien sometimes before going to sleep. That is, items on the screen will float around and warp, and there'll be a general feeling of euphoria
. If I enjoy these effects for a while, I still find I sleep well and the next day I feel just as well-rested. Also, it seems difficult to realize that I am experiencing the effects while on ambien, so I will start saying strange things to people feeling that it is normal. Is this considered abuse, especially considering that once affected, it's difficult to tell I'm being affected?
I get the sense that the laws are in place to prevent addictive behavior, but there are nights where I won't want to take ambien because I just do not want the inebriation nor the recreational effects and would rather just not sleep than experience them -- so I do not think addiction
is much of a concern.
What about when I get very sick? Most people, when sick, take a day or two to sleep and recover. Interestingly, my friend's mom, who is a doctor, often gives my friend ambien when my friend is very sick, so I gather that it's generally good for recovery. But I don't fall asleep on my own, and I'm only prescribed to take ambien "at bedtime." Is it healthy or legal to take ambien during the day to get some rest, and then again that night? I know my doctor would say no, and it may be illegal, but if SWIM
does this, is there a danger involved? Are there other solutions?
I've already asked my Doctor what I should do if I throw up soon after taking ambien and she said it's "not a good idea" to take another at that point. Legal or not, would it be harmful if SWIM takes another in this scenario?
Finally, I've also noticed some people report that ambien sometimes works one night and not the next for SWIT. I've noticed that sometimes I'll take ambien and proceed to not sleep just as if I had not taken ambien. Is there any explanation for this? The last time I brought this up with my Doctor, I tried Ambien CR and it didn't work as well for some reason.
It's not a problem, but I noticed that I started getting generic ambien rather than name-brand ambien or whatever, while my doctor did not write anything different on the prescription -- is the pharmacy supposed to do this automatically? What if generic for some reason didn't work right (or is this ever the case?)? It's not a problem with ambien but I would like to know, in case it happens with some other medication, do I consult the pharmacy or my doctor? Or is it my insurance?
Thanks for any info