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Must Survive posted 4/3/2013 20:28 PM

This year has been trying. STBXH affair, mom had stroke, one of my daughters passed away. DS did not speak/see dad for months. Now at least they have lunch every couple of weeks. My dad was diagnosed lung cancer (2-6 months to live). On the brighter side, I have my first grandbaby.

I am stronger. I am functioning. I am almost to the point where I can go "meh", STBXH would not be strong enough to support me through all of this. I haven't taken anti-anxiety pills for 6 weeks. I am now ready to stop taking my Ambien CR. My dr said start taking it every other day, then every 2 days. I did a google search, looks like it could get ugly for withdrawals. Anyone have experienced quitting and having a bad time of it. Been just over a year of taking them.

sad12008 posted 4/3/2013 22:10 PM

I haven't taken the CR more than once (it made me dopey the next day); I take plain 'ol Ambien. However, if it were me I'd be looking to go off the CR and transition to plain Ambien, then titrate that down. I'm all for painless transitions.....

Good luck, and do report what your final strategy was and how it went.

TrustedHer posted 4/3/2013 22:11 PM

I weaned off like you described, and didn't have any trouble.

I had to take Xanax and Ambien together to sleep more than 3 hours. I stopped Xanax first, then a few months later tapered off the Ambien.

ETA: I used generic Ambien, so I don't know about CR.

[This message edited by TrustedHer at 10:12 PM, April 3rd (Wednesday)]

purplejacket4 posted 4/3/2013 22:34 PM

FP doc here:

Ambien CR isn't that different from regular ambien. It only exists because ambien went generic and the drug company wanted to make more money. That being said you can't break up CR pills. With generic ambien ou can wean off of it by taking a half for awhile then a fourth, etc. so basically you need to get a generic script from your doctor.

Dr. PJ4

[This message edited by purplejacket4 at 10:35 PM, April 3rd (Wednesday)]

solus sto posted 4/4/2013 09:12 AM

if it were me I'd be looking to go off the CR and transition to plain Ambien, then titrate that down. I'm all for painless transitions.....
This is what I would do, as well. I would not anticipate huge withdrawal issues, but inasmuch as symptoms can be avoided, I think it's a good idea.

Newlease posted 4/4/2013 09:57 AM

I stepped down from Ambien CR and had no problems at all. I was actually surprised by the quality of my sleep, but I was well past all the trauma when I did this.

NL

Must Survive posted 4/4/2013 11:15 AM

Thanks all. Sometimes google info can be a bad thing.

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