How long can a person take Ambien for sleep disorder?

Researchers, who work in the area of sleep, do not know why humans need sleep, but they do know that lack of sleep can kill a person. People who go without sleep for long periods of time will begin hallucinating and can develop mental problems.

Insomnia is  considered a disorder of chronic problems falling asleep, problems staying asleep or  sleeping for only several hours then waking up and not being able to fall back to sleep.  It is usually followed by impairment of function while awake.

Insomnia can be caused by other disorders, changes in where a person sleeps, or by stress.  The problems caused by insomnia are sleepiness and psychomotor performance which are similar to sleep deprivation.

Ambien is a prescription medication and called  a sedative or a hypnotic. It affects certain chemicals in the brain that have probably become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia).  Ambien is indicated for the treatment of insomnia. Ambien promotes relaxation to help a person fall asleep and stay asleep.  It is extremely popular with most of the medical community and is believed to be very safe because it does not stay in the body very long – it has a short half life.

Ambien may cause a severe allergy reaction. Stop taking this medication immediately and get emergency medical assistance if you develop hives, have problems breathing, have swelling of the face.  Never take this medication during normal waking hours, unless you have a full 7 to 8 hours to devote to sleeping.

When I was prescribed with Ambien CR (Time Released), I noticed that I was sleepy for much more than 8 hours and I also began to have trouble with my breathing when doing any type of exercise.  My kids and I figured out when I was first prescribed Ambien CR and when I first noticed the problems breathing, so at my next visit to my doctor, I asked to be put back on just plain Ambien.  Iin about two weeks all my breathing problems were gone.  I have since noticed that they have added on their television ads trouble breathing as a side effect.

I have taken Ambien for several years and my doctor does not seem to be concerned, so for a sleep disorder it can be taken as long as needed to get the sleep disorder reset.  Since my sleep problems started from working nightshift, it may take years to get right again for me.

The product inserts with Ambien suggest that it should not be taken more than 5 weeks or as long as your doctor tells you to.

So, how long can a person take Ambien for a sleep disorder?  As long as your doctor tells you too as it is a prescribed medication.


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