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Ambien Hell

Posted Sep 28 2008 9:40pm 1 Comment

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I’ve suffered from crazy sleep patterns and insomnia for the last 5 years. Tuesday while cleaning out a kitchen drawer, I came across two Ambien pills from months ago. “AHA,” I thought, ” sweet, sweet sleep tonight!” I went to bed around midnight and woke up at 5:00 am…… I mean wide awake…..the manic kind of awake. After a few minutes, I started counting my blessings and praising Ambien to high heaven. I wondered why I quit Ambien in the first place. This was greeeeeaaaat! Extreme amount of energy all day. Has anyone done any reserach on Ambien causes mania? I did a quick search but couldn’t find anything. I do know that lack of sleep can trigger mania. So, maybe, it was the fact that I haven’t been sleeping the whole night through in quiet a while.

Last night, I was still not tired and still feeling a little jittery and manic. I did the only logical thing that I could think of at the time. I took the other Ambien. And, it produced one of the scariest nightmares that I have had in a long time. The following could be disturbing for some readers. It is a horrible dream. If you get upset easily, do not read any further.

The temperature was rising outside more and more. It has been unusally hot here lately. But, this was an unbearable heat. I had to go somewhere….don’t remember where. As I went out to my car, the grass was really brown and I noticed several praying mantis laying on the gravel on my driveway. They were brown and dried up…..totally scorched. This startled me quite a bit. I got in my car and headed out. When I hit the paved road (not very far at all), the pavement was melting from the heat. My car would not go very fast because the tires were melting and sticking to the pavement. I went a few miles farther to a four lane highway. I was almost in front of a Wal-Mart when I saw that traffic was at a standstill. The cars had sunk into the pavement and were stuck. I soon realized that my car was stuck, also. Some people were cursing and some people were praying. And, then, it hit me. This was the end of the world. All of the water on earth was drying up and the earth was becoming too hot for us to live on it. I had this awful revalation about what the Bible says about the earth being destroyed by fire. I looked up at the sun and saw that it was about twice as big as normal and was getting bigger…………. Go to fullsize image

I woke up. My head hurt really bed. I was sweating buckets. I had a stiff neck. In other words, I felt like total crap. I can’t say that all this was related to Ambien. I have no proof….except for the fact that I believe it was.

Has anyone else had any experiences like this on Ambien?

Filed under: bipolar disorder, dreams, insomnia, life, life problems, mania, medication, medication side effects, mental health, nightmares, personal, pharmaceuticals | Tagged: manic depression, mood swings

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