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Ambien can be worse for you

By Sparky | March 14, 2006


As I discovered in my previous post going out shooting photographs in the cold winter weather while feeling a little off can make you sick. As I discovered last night taking sleeping medication with flu medication can have it’s own collection of side effects.

At some point last night I was having trouble sleeping so I took some Ambien to help me calm down and get to sleep. Unfortunately I had forgotten quite how hypnotic Ambien can be, and particularly that effect doubles when combined with Nyquil or other non-perscription sleeping aids. I had taken a regular dose of Nyquil an hour or so previously to help with my flu.

I do not even remember taking the Ambien last night, but I do remember intending to do so. I don’t remember anything else about the evening – but apparently I had quite the adventure. When I woke up this morning I was sprawled out on the kitchen floor with Skype and my powerbook at my side, and the above image staring at me. I don’t remember even working on the image yesterday, yet alone making such a nightmarish image from poor Tres and his damn eyes! There were huge messes in the kitchen and living room I don’t remember making, and apparently I threw up again at some point last night (thankfully in the bathroom where it belongs).

I also apparently had some rather incoherent conversations on MSN messenger last night and in reviewing my logs I’m reminded how just how potent Ambien can be. No wonder there are so many reports of Ambien driving floating around there. Don’t get me wrong – Ambien is the best sleeping aid I’ve found yet but it should be respected and taken carefully to avoid potentially disastrous consequences.

Luckily getting another 14 hours of drug-fueled sleep last night seemed to help matters quite a bit. I still feel under the weather today, but no longer completely floored sick. The antibiotics are working quite nicely and hopefully tonight I’ll be able to get a good (natural) nights sleep!

Remember folks – Ambien can be a great sleeping aid, but don’t mix it with anything. In my case the results were not too disastrous, but that won’t always be the case.

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Topics: Health, Photography | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Ambien can be worse for you”

  1. Janet Says:
    March 15th, 2006 at 7:16 am

    Ho-ly CRAP that’s creepy looking…
    Mailed the DVDs yet? :)
    BTW, good for you for quitting el tobacco again!

  2. Running With Symbols Says:
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:08 am

    The Human Blueberry Speaks. (Strange experiences with Ambien now validated by research and media coverage. Whew! It’s not just me!)…

    Post composed after reading article at MSNBC.com, emailed to me by my long-suffering friend, Beau-Jacques: Midnight munchies linked to Ambien: [On a More Serious Note Than Shall Be Conferred With This Blog Post: For those who are interested, whether fo…

  3. Erich Says:
    March 18th, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Strange experience, indeed.

    The study is not honest in fact. Mrs Liddicoat (Wisconsin, Minesota) who made it, took Ambien, which is one of large number of medics showed in this study that can have some side’s effects. In this study, the rank was 19th or 20th, if I remember correctly. Why don’t choose some other drugs?

    On other hand, people chosen for this study appear to have other problems. But they need to exist perhaps, or for a scapegoat… Some lack of responsibility? These people have drinking problems, bought some medics on strange (and low-cost) sellers on the Web or took other medics with Ambien. Good cocktail, but bad study. For 6 persons, it makes some trouble in my (reasonable) mind…

    I invite you to read better this study, and then you will show that it’s quite ridiculous…
    Here you have a link (in the bottom) to the study.

    Who is really mrs Liddicoat? I’m asking this question, now…

    Open your eyes…



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    June 28th, 2006 at 7:47 pm

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