This is my experience with Zolpidem (Ambien)
So most of you know that I am very honest and that I try to practice what I preach. You also may know that I have been working with a Rheumatologist and Oncology to get my medications straight. This is so I can be healthier and hopefully live a long life with my amazing family. The medication is doing it's job, there are side effects that cause me to be anxious and unable to sleep. So my doctor prescribed my Zolpidem. It is amazing! I could finally fall asleep! I get why all of the hype works. For the first time in months I fell asleep without pain. I must say it was pure bliss
THEN IT HAPPENED...
The Side Effects!
Pardon the language, but I became a bitch! This is not me. I am usually a nice person, (SHHHH) I am usually patient and accommodating. I may think things, but hardly ever say them. I began to have anxiety attacks. I know you know them well. You know the ones where you think you might die? Oh my it has been some time since I had some of those. Then I even snapped at my husband (on his birthday) poor guy. Sorry baby.
What is going on I thought.
What has changed?
Why am I sharing this with you? I know you are probably wondering.
Well first I want you to learn the process of elimination (at least the one I use)
What is new in my life? Did my diet change? Am I drinking enough water? Am I getting enough oxygen to the brain?
Ambien was the only change.
Second, I wanted you to know what I did about it.
I went straight to my training. I am trained in Psycho-pharmacology. Ambien is a drug that has been threatened to be removed from the market a few time due to the side effects and they can last up to 48 hours. Google it you would be shocked at the things people have done on Ambien.
I went to my physician and informed him of my experience and hopefully he will call back soon (this is another medication you can't just stop taking)
Lastly I wanted to remain transparent to you.
I am always honest with you. I want you to know that you are not ever alone in your daily struggles in strong mental and physical health. I want you to know that anyone can be affected by medications and their side effects. Just because a physician prescribes you a medication does not necessarily mean it is right for you. You must listen to your body and mind and communicate with your physician and therapist to continue down your path to mental, spiritual, and physical well being.
Have a great day!
Shannon Shadman, LPC, MSMHC, NCC, M.Ed.