Hi, I just stumbled across this board in a google search because I was looking for help. I have had insomnia since I was 14 (I''m 20 now) I started Zolpidem (Ambien) this summer and it''s worked great. I''ve read things that say you should only take it for 7-10 days but the doctor kept giving me refills and as long as it was working I kept taking them. Within the last week the pills have become less and less effective. I take the 10mg and get into bed as I usually do, and I can feel when it kicks in. At that point where I would usually drift off easily to sleep, I''ve started fighting to fall asleep again. After about ten minutes of feeling the "buzz" it wears off and I feel like I didn''t even take the pill, putting me back at square one.
I try to stay away from using it on the weekends and days when I don''t have to wake up for anything to avoid a tolerance being built up. But I''ve had to use it for the past 2-3 weeks straight, without a night off. Could that be what''s causing it? I just don''t know and I''m worried because it''s the only way I can sleep at this point and as we all know... sleep''s kinda important.
well i'm not a doctor, but i work in a pharmacy and i've learned about quite a lot of drugs. it depends on your body weight and mass and the doctor should first start you off on a low strength on ambien, now zolpidem tartrate is a generic and some people have tried this which doesn't quite do what its supposed to on you, ZT might not work for everyone and ambien might not work either, in your case, it worked but now its been wearing off since you've stressed its limit on your body. using it everyday at its high dosage could be the reason why your body is trying to fight it. i'm not sure though...
it could just be that your using it non-stop lately and its causing your body to fight this ongoing effect. your body knows whats good for you, so careful how much you try to fight it.