I take Ambien to sleep. When I first started taking it, the generic
form caused me to sleep walk. So the doctor changed my prescription
to Ambien CR (which is timed released). The timed release doesn't
have a generic so I have been paying big bucks for it.
This time, when I got my prescription filled, the pharmacy sent me the
generic of the timed release that has just come out. I called them
and they explained that the new generic was on the market. Well I
tried it and it doesn't work. It will cause me to fall asleep, but I
wake up after about 4 hours.
The have changed my order back to the Ambien CR, but they said they
would not refund the cost of the generic. Their position was that
because I did not specify name brand that they were in the right
sending the generic. I would have been fine with that had the drug
worked, but it doesn't. I have left a message for the person at Emory
that writes my prescriptions, but still awaiting his call. I expect
to get a refund as the generic doesn't work.
I will have to see what the prescription guy says, but regardless of
what he says, I am going to dispute the charges with my credit card
company. The generic version was over 100 bucks.
That depends on how the actual prescription being filled was written--if
it allowed for the substitution w/o confirmation, they're in the clear.
If it was for the branded version specifically and didn't note that
the generic could be substituted, then I'd venture you've got basis
(other than that you apparently used some of the product instead of
rejecting the order at delivery--that's a somewhat different issue as
well I'd guess).
What rules are in your state for return of a prescription also would be
a factor perhaps; can't imagine that it would be allowed for the
pharmacy to restock anything that has left their possession.
$0.02, worth probably < ...
Three things about Ambien:
The timed release version is better than the "regular version".
The generic version didn't work for either, just like the OP.
After having used it for a fairly long time, discontinuing the timed
release version of Ambien was a horror for me. Just because they say it
isn't addicitive, doesn't mean your body doesn't get dependent on it.
Lckily, it was only 2 or 3 nights with hardly any sleep, and I was off
Try benadryl as a cheap alternative. 100 of them for a few dollars at
As the other poster noted they can no trestock anything that left
their possesion. No matter if it got used or not. If the script
allowed subs then you're just out of luck.
Careful about over-the-web prescribing, even for an over-the-counter
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an anti-histamine, which is an entirely
different class of chemical than is Ambien. Benadryl has an
atropine-like action and, therefore, should be used with caution in
patients with a history of bronchial asthma, increased intraocular
pressure (e.g., pre-glaucoma or glaucoma), hyperthyroidism,
cardiovascular disease or hypertension. It must be used with caution in
patients with lower respiratory disease including asthma.
It takes longer to be broken down in the body than does Ambien, even
Ambien CR. and is more likely to build up in the system, leading to a
"hangover" effect with persistent drowsiness, slowed reflexes, etc.
after the normal time of awakening.
If Benadryl, at a MUCH lower price, had a similar effect on the body as
Ambien, Ambien would not be as popular as it is. One of the main
attractions of Ambien is that it does not produce hangover nearly as
much as many other sleeping meds.
This is not to minimize the potential side effects of Ambien. Just
saying that it would not be wise to tell anyone to take a medication,
even if available over-the-counter, without suggesting that the patient
consult first with their doc.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around a 90-day scrip for sleeping
pills in the first place. They always told me 'for occasional use only'.
In OP's place, I'd be talking to another doctor for a consult, and
probably booking time at a sleep clinic to look for other triggers that
keep waking me up.
But that is just me.
I have been taking it once a day for 10 years. I don't sleep without
it. The best way I have had my condition described is that I just
can't turn my thoughts off. My brain is going over what I did that
day and what I have to do the next day and things I need to do next
week and I just can't shut it off.
On Mon, 7 Mar 2011 20:33:59 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
Are you saying that anyone that takes any drug daily is an addict? I've taken
an aspirin every day for four years but I'm hardly addicted to aspirin. I've
also take a couple of Metoprolol a day. A better case for "addiction" could
be made there, but only a little.
After three days of ambien usage, you will go a day or two without sleep
when you stop. Three days!! That is how fast dependency develops. You take
it for a week, and you spend up to a week in withdrawals, stomach cramps,
anxiety, severe insomnia. Any more than that and you are pretty much
A general rule of thumb is that for every week you take ambien, you will
experience withdrawals, including (sometimes severe) insomnia, for one to
two weeks if not more. Fortunately there is a cap to the damage it does.
The person taking it for ten years would probably recover fully in about a
year, maybe two. He has no idea how badly he has screwed himself.
Of course you don't sleep without it. And after ten years of taking it,
were you to stop, it would be many months before you would start to sleep
again normally. The damage to your brain has been done, and after ten
years, it's probably quite severe. Consider quitting before it's too late.
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