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    Default Lunesta Experiences...good or bad?

    I've heard mixed reviews but I'm trying Lunesta tonight as my Klonopin no longer gets me to sleep. I won't increase my klonopin dosage because I'm on wellbutrin and my doc fears me getting a seizure when coming off a higher dose of Klonopin.

    I have not taken any opis (other than loperimide/imodium) for a week I think the worst of my mental WD's has past. I still have the physical WD's to deal with because I've been taking the imodium but tapering off of the imodium will be really easy and I think I take less and less each day.

    I also quit weed 3 days ago and it sucks. I love weed but I have to quit b/f school. Its very hard but the imodium and sleeping meds from my doc have been helping me greatly.

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    Dear overit,

    I took ambien for about one month and it helped alot I dont know about lunesta. Ambien is NOT a benzo so it is not too addictive if used short term. I had no problems getting off of it and still use it from time to time when i have a stressful day Without sleep you loose all perspective, you need to use something to get some sleep even if it used short term.

    I too loved pot and had to quit. It wasnt easy to kick opiates and pot at the same time. I am so glad i quit both. I miss pot once in a blue moon but I am much healthier for quiting, no broncitis, not as many colds, no coughing, more money, etc, etc, etc,

    hang in there, things will get better soon. Hugs.


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    If you do use ambien, please be careful. I agree that sleep is very important during the initial phases, so make sure you get enough to get thru the day. But even though ambien is not a benzo, its from the same family and I've found has almost the same habit forming properties.

    I am an extreme example because I 1) snorted it and 2) took it every night for 6 months (smart, huh?) If you do decide to take ambien for sleep, do it for a short period of time and take it as prescribed. It is EXTREMELY effective if used properly.

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    I fully agree with Tom, used properly it is a good med for sleep. But more than a few weeks to a month is all I would suggest. Many nights i only took a half a pill and that worked just as well as a full one. take care.

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    I grew a tolerance to ambien so fast. Also, I feel like with ambien, I had a 30 minute window to go to bed and if I missed that window, it did nothing for me.

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    Hi Overit.....I take Lunesta.....1/2 tab each night, I have to take it while laying in bed, because its very strong and knocks me out that fast after I take it. I could just be naive to sleepign pills, having never taken them before, but I really think it works well. I say that because I dont have a sleepy groggy hangover the next day. I did when I took a whole tab.

    I wish you teh best, let us know how it works for you!
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    How many miligrams? 1, 2 or 3.


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    Mine are 2mgs. But I cut them in half. They just work really fast and well for me that way.
    Ha, imagine, me cutting any pill in half?!?! Go figure.
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    Morning all;

    I've used both Ambien and Lunesta, and my exp. was/is that with Ambien, there IS a small window of induced sleepiness, that if missed cancels out the effectiveness of the drug. I also exp. an unbelievable tolerance to Ambien..., so much so that I stopped taking it fairly quickly. On a side note, lot's of kid's have been abusing Ambien, taking large amounts to reach a "drunken" kind of high.
    I am currently using Lunesta,3 mg., and it too has a window. Unlike Ambien though, there seems to be no tolerance issue's, and it works well inducing sleep. Although touted as having no long term effects, I would limit time/use with this, as with any scripted sleep aid.
    Hope this helps some,
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    Lunesta~
    I have the 2mg pills an cut them into quarters. 10 minutes after taking it I fall fast alseep for a full 8 hours. DO NOT take them regularly. I will go a week w/out taking them then 2 nights on them, etc. Just like Ambien, they have been said not to be addictive when they first came out, I tend to disagree. If you do not get the full 8 hours, they will make you groggy the next morning.

    Anything that "works" tends to be addictive, especially for addicts as ourselves.

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    I tried it last night and I took 2mg. It helped me fall asleep but it took a while. Once I was sleeping, I was out like a light.

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    Just picked up 30 pills of Lunesta...insurance did not cover it, paid out of pocket $145.00. over $10 per pill! If it didn't work so well I would have sped off from the drive thru...

    Asked the pharmacist what the diff. was between Lunesta and Ambien and she said they work on different receptors but are basically the same.

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