Study Links Ambien Use to Unconscious Food Forays
By STEPHANIE SAUL
The sleeping pill Ambien seems to unlock a primitive desire to eat in some patients, according to emerging medical case studies that describe how the drug's users sometimes sleepwalk into their kitchens, claw through their refrigerators like animals and consume calories ranging into the thousands.
The next morning, the night eaters remember nothing about their foraging. But they wake up to find telltale clues: mouthfuls of peanut butter, Tostitos in their beds, kitchen counters overflowing with flour, missing food, and even lighted ovens and stoves. Some are so embarrassed, they delay telling anyone, even as they gain weight.
Omigod. As some of you may remember, Rick was taking that after his first surgery. It was terribly mind altering although entertaining for my coworkers and I. He was doing some weird things at night after taking it. One morning I got up and there was a video tape on the kitchen counter. We rarely watch them or remove the ones we use for rare recording of tv shows from the machine. We still never figured out if he got it from the family room or in the bedroom. Then he was supposed to eat fiber with all the medication. He had a bag of pitted prunes and ate a few in the dark. He decided to get another one and chewed about a half dozen times when all of sudden he tasted something terrible. It was a Snausage which is a treat for dogs. He can't understand why the dogs are so crazy for them, he said they are terrible. Then about a week later he got up in the night and got a bowl of cold cereal. He woke up sitting at the table holding the bowl tipped and realized he was dribbling milk milk down between his feet. Startled and disorientated he yanked the bowl up and threw the contents all over his chest. He quit the Ambien shortly after that. Funny as it is, I was worried that he would leave a burner on or something.
and i thought acid made you do weird things. that's just freaky.
Wow I was on those a year ago; they didn't work that way on me. Go figure, I always miss out on the fun.
In retrospect I could have used this as an excuse for some of the stupid $hit I do... "The Ambien made me do it."
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Wow Shel. Me ain't taken any of that stuff ever. Dog loves me enough already
That's the funny part. He forgot about it until we got up for me to go to work and Pepper Ann started licking the floor there. He said, "Oh yeah I think spilled some milk and cereal there last night." I might add he has been a great sport about all the kidding.Originally Posted by Darthvader
Shel...goes to show why there is always more than one medication to treat any issue...some people have the STRANGEST reactions to meds!!!
You should start giving it to him again, and convince him he must have ordered that exhaust system while sleep-computing....hehhehe
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I have been taking Ambien for about 5 months now. I have been known to get up and eat a piece of fruit or bowl of cereal and not remember.
I tell you this is the greatest drug on earth that has worked so I may get some sleep at night. After 20yrs of getting no more then 3,4 maybe 5 hours of sleep, I get a full night.
I believe it, Shel! I've been on the stuff for a while myself (on an "as-needed" basis - for those nights when I can't seem to shut my mind off). It really does work well for me, and though I have never had any "nocturnal adventures" to speak of (at least none where I've left any evidence), I'm always downstairs snacking before I doze off. It feels a lot like getting "the munchies" years ago...
Sounds like hubby did the right thing in discontinuing...
How is Rick BTW?
Rick is back to work the last two days and 12 hour days. Tired but glad. He leaves home at 6AM and gets home at 8:30PM. 4 days on and 4 off. Just like before he got hurt but now he is on days. Yayyy!!!! We get to be home together at night.