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User Topic: Experience stopping Ambien CR?
Must Survive
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Default  Posted: 8:28 PM, April 3rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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.


Me BS
WS: Just a squished bug on the window of my life!
Divorcing, STBXH is engaged/living with OW#3

They have a choice: they can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one." Daenerys Targaryen


Posts: 833 | Registered: Jan 2012 | From: Must Survive
sad12008
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Default  Posted: 10:10 PM, April 3rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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.


You can't fill a cup with no bottom.

Posts: 3904 | Registered: Feb 2008 | From: a new start together
TrustedHer
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Default  Posted: 10:11 PM, April 3rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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)]


Take care of yourself. There's a great future out there. It won't come to you; you have to go to it.

Posts: 5217 | Registered: Mar 2009 | From: DeepInTheHeartOf, TX
purplejacket4
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Default  Posted: 10:34 PM, April 3rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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)]


Me: BS 45
Her: fWS 48 (same sex partner)
Together: 18 years now (both MDs)
OW: meh so what 40s PhD
DD1: 10/30/11EA; DD2: 11/10/11 Had ONS; TT until 12/26/11; broke NC 6/12; NC again 7/12; R-ish

Posts: 2357 | Registered: Dec 2011 | From: Great Southwest
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Default  Posted: 9:12 AM, April 4th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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.


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WH (Trac-fone), 53, PD
2 kids-DD25, DS18
multiple d-days
DIVORCING
Alone, most strangely, I live on~Rupert Brooke

Posts: 9142 | Registered: Jan 2011 | From: midwest
Newlease
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Default  Posted: 9:57 AM, April 4th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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


Even if you can't control the world around you, you are still the master of your own soul.

Posts: 7807 | Registered: Aug 2005
Must Survive
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Default  Posted: 11:15 AM, April 4th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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


Me BS
WS: Just a squished bug on the window of my life!
Divorcing, STBXH is engaged/living with OW#3

They have a choice: they can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one." Daenerys Targaryen


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