I'm not yet on treatment, but I have taken Ambien in the past and I've found it to be a wonder drug. I never had any problems sleeping until I was a little freaked out after I was diagnosed. Ambien just knocked me out into a deep sleep....with no hangover. It's weird, after exactly 7/8 hours, the Ambien just STOPS working and you're UP. At least that's how it worked with me. I think I would have normally slept a bit longer, but when the Ambien exits your system, there's no going back to sleep. Anyway, I loved it and would recommend it...but it might be different for those on treatment,and I'm sure you'll here from some who have taken it while on combo therapy.
I have been taking ambien for a long time now and I find no adverse side effects and no increased tolerance. I take 10 mg. and have for years. I was transplanted in 2000 and 10 days post transplant my surgeon asked me how I was sleeping. I told him an hour and a half a night. He asked how long it had been like this and I said for a long time but I used to take ambien but wanted to be good to my new liver. His repsonse was immediate: start taking ambien again. I interpreted this as a strong signal that ambien wasn't harmful to the liver. I don't get a hang over but maybe it's just been so long that I wouldn't recognize what a hang over feels like. Mike
I have to take my ambien about an hour and a half before hitting the sack. It takes that long before it starts making me sleepy.
ambien was a life saver for me. from the first shot i was totally wired. couldnt sleep during the day either and couldnt sleep a wink at night. my sleep patterns have been very slow to get back to normal now post tx. 5 mon. i dont use it now. its not addictive but can be habit forming. its expensive and lots of insurance will not pay for all of it.
Mike...you said you had a transplant and I was wondering do you still have hepatitis and trying to treat it now? Or even if you did still have hep...would it be like starting over on new liver...maybe a 30 to 40 yr progression. I'm guessing when you have to get a new liver that its by need basis and you are on a list? I know its a lot of questions but since I just found out I had this..I guess I'm trying to figure this all out. LOL
thanks for any info
My underlying disease which necessitated transplant was hep c. I am still treating it and tested undetectable 13 weeks into this course of tx. I will have done a year next week - Jan 20th. Some transplanted livers seem to tolerate the infection well while in others the liver seems to deteriorate more rapidly. At this point I don't think there are any guidelines as to how the new liver will respond - you get your liver and wait and see. In my case the virus returned immediately and was quite virulent. I have been treating on and off since July 2000 and cleared and relapsed once already with lower dose tx. Now I ma doing full strength doses of interferon and ribavirin. To get a liver you must be evaluated at a liver transplant center and get listed. The priority of transplant recipients is based on a MELD score which is comprised of a score arrived at through a combination of clotting, creatinine and bilirubin numbers. Hope this helps. Mike