Saturday, April 12, 2008

Another Manic Discovery

Please don't try this at home, I'm a professional.

Sleep medication Ambien (Zolpidem)is some good shit. Some REAL good shit. When I'm not manic, 5 mg knocks me out. Most need 10 mg. But if you stay awake through that, it's like 6 or 7 scotches (PLEASE don't drink and do this, I want you as a reader tomorrow). Take 20 milligrams and you'll be talking to people who aren't there. Or maybe they really are, and you only see them in your dimension...

Sleep walking is common, as is sleep eating, and even sleep sex. My wife says she's gotten quite a bit lately. To that I want to know - was I any good? Did I seem to enjoy it? Was it more or less kinky than my normal self? I halfway expect to see a case of Ambien show up on my doorstep, ordered by wife from some remote pacific island where they can't even read a script.


Catherine said...

I know what you mean...Ambien is incredible and I've done things while taking it that I can't believe or remember.

I have a question for you though...I've been taking it regularly lately and have noticed that my memory isn't as good even during the daytime when I'm not taking it. I am so curious if it is a side effect or something. Have you experienced this?

G.J. "Jon" Gregory said...

Hey Catherine - thanks for leaving a comment. I haven't noticed a memory loss due to the Ambien, but my memory's been dropping off significantly anyway. Don't know if it's age, or Lithium, Lamictal, Ambien...

Just Me said...

Hey there. Sorry for no comments for so long. I've not been so good at reading blogs since I changed jobs. I love the new job, but getting the rhythm of 3 days on, day off, almost always really bad day on, weekend off has been a challenge. I've also had some kidney issues making things complicated.

I always have wished to see a video of myself on Ambien. It's not a very good drug for me. I don't drink so I don't know drunk, but I suspect that's about the result. Which might not be too bad, except that I stay awake and bumble around.

I've walked hard into walls, I've spilled massive quantities of stuff, I've talked to a drunk stranger who showed up on my porch at 2 AM through a window screen while wearing absolutely revealing clothing, sent emails with no memory, I don't know what all.

I've taken it given no other options, and I've realized the severity of my situation when I was allowed to take both the short acting and long at the same time, one of those in a double dose and I still didn't sleep. But I dread it because I hate that "what now" feeling.

I much prefer Lunesta, but I only got to try it a few days; my insurance wouldn't cover it. My doctor tells me Rozeram is really good sleep, but I'm highly allergic to it; my eyes swelled shut so I don't have a very good context to compare it because I felt awful afterwards.

Hope things are better by now. I'll try to come around more again.

astramillie said...

I took Ambien in (I think)2001 when it first came out, so no one knew about the sleepwalking thing. I would wake up the next morning, walk into the kitchen and there would be the remains of a complete meal I must have cooked. Or, a full bathtub. I'd call a friend start to tell them a story and they'd say I'd told them it the night before when I'd called them at midnight and could I not call them so late anymore.
It just got weirder and weirder, especially since my Dr.and I had never heard of this happening to anyone else.
So I stopped taking it because we were afraid the next step was getting in the car. When I first heard people talking about it on the news last year, I thought "its about time people started coming saying something!" Unfortunately, even though it can be dangerous to be doing things like cooking with a gas stove in your sleep, I can't help but find it a little funny.