double dose of ambien CR 12.5 ?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lastormer, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. lastormer

    lastormer New Member

    Anyone here on Ambien CR 12.5 and have ever taken 2 at night? Just wondering...:)
  2. jmq

    jmq New Member

    I have to confess I did it one night that I was DESPERATE to sleep. It worked but I knew it was not a good habit to get into. I have a VERY high tolerance to almost all drugs so I have to be careful. I would love to hear from others on this because the 12.5 does not work some nights.

  3. lastormer

    lastormer New Member

    I have a high high tolerance to just about all meds...grrrrr...getting a little sleep with ambien but would like to try 2, might get me a full nights sleep ...i hope...anyways..thanks for the response!

    Have a Great Evening
  4. ask2266

    ask2266 Member

    I did 25mg of Ambien CR for a few weeks, and then even that wouldn't work. So I started on Lunesta, and I never have gotten habituated on that. I take 3mg Lunesta and 1.5 mg of Klonopin.
  5. nightngale

    nightngale New Member

    Please don't do that its scaring me! If your meds don't work get something else. Who knows what could happen I love you all and please dont ever experiment Ask your doc!

    I know how desperate for sleep we are, but there are other things to try. THe Ambien Cr did and didn't work for me depending on the night. Am on to something else but haven't tried yet: Seroquel. I hear trazadone is good for sleep too.

    Please be careful. Depressive drugs can stop you from breathing!

    Luv, nightngale
  6. ask2266

    ask2266 Member

    Yes, it sounds excessive, what I took. However, I felt like a normal person the next day, without a hangover, on Ambien and Lunesta.

    I tried a low dose of Seroquel per my doctor who was concerned about my Ambien use, and it made me feel disembodied and drugged. I had panic attacks on Seroquel and I ate 15 cookies in one sitting. I never had any issues like that on Ambien. Seroquel is for Bi-polar disorders and schizophrenia. I think Ambien is alot less dangerous than that.
  7. ask2266

    ask2266 Member

    I forgot to say that Trazadone worked the best of everything for me. It's great if you can take it. It made me nauseous unfortunately, so I don't take it anymore, but I have 2 friends who have used it very succesfully for FM?CFIDS sleep problems.
  8. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    do you ever watch the news? Sorry I don't mean to sound rude but Ambien, Lunesta, and other sleep medications are all over the media and have been for close to a year now.

    These are causing a lot of problems for many people -- such as 'sleep-driving', making phone calls, fixing food and eating while asleep, and even having sex while asleep.

    The FDA is putting stricter warning labels on 13 sleep medications

    The drugs are Ambien, Butisol sodium, Carbrital, Dalmane, Doral, Halcion, Lunesta, Placidyl, Prosom; Restoril, Rozerem, Seconal, and Sonata.

    For the entire story please see:

    I hope you will consider seeking the advise of your physician about doubling the dosage of you sleep medication -- it may not be safe.

    Take care,

    Karen :)
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  9. California31

    California31 New Member

    Extreme primary told me to get off it as it caused memory loss (his sister had the way)....I had another close friend with a severe reaction like mine...and then another friend who found Ambien ineffective for simply urge my friends to try something else for sleep.....GOod day.
  10. Skyemberr

    Skyemberr New Member

    I alternate between Ambien and Lunesta. Neither drug is completely effective but they are better than nothing.

    As far as the risk of sleep eating/driving/sex For me it boils down to the fact that I HAVE TO SLEEP, regardless of whether or not I might have memory problems. I will have memory problems anyway if I do not sleep for several days in a row.

    I do not double dose, ever. It is very dangerous to do that with these drugs.

    I wish somebody would come up with something more effective!
  11. ask2266

    ask2266 Member

    My doctor knew that I doubling up on the Ambien. Her point was that eventually it would quit working all together. Ambien became like a sugar pill for me. That's why she tried to switch me to the Seroquel, which was a disaster. My doctor also knows that I take 3mg of Lunesta and 1 and half mg of Klonopin nightly.

    I'm NOT advocating overdosing on medication against doctor's directions.

    And Seroquel and Xyrem, which are being suggested by others, are 100x more potent and dangerous than Ambien.
  12. nightngale

    nightngale New Member

    ok if your doc approved it then I'm not scared. I just thought that 12.5 was the max dose. Sorry, jsut worried, sounded like someone else didn't ask the doc. I am scared to try the Seroquel, but for some reason I was not scared to try Ambien! And it didn't work anyway. I am scared to try any new med, as I have always had bad reactions. I tried Lunesta once but maybe didn't give it enough time. PS how much Seroquel did you take?
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