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Does anyone feel horrible the next morning after taking ambien for sleep? I started taking it along with my. PD meds after knee replacement surgery. It. Really works putting mt to sleep, but I feel HORRIBLE the next morning. It will take me at least 2 hours after taking my pain meds and pd meds to feel somewhat normal. I love to go to sleep but dread the sick feeling when I wake up. Help,

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There have been a lot of articles about what you are describing. Seems like that's common and one should not drive because the effects can be lingering. Have you tried cutting back on the dosage?


I was taking Ambien for awhile. I felt dopey when I woke up. Worse, it affected my memory, piano literature that I could play from memory for decades I would have problems recalling middle sections. When I stopped taking the Ambien the problem went away.


Def don't mix pain meds with Ambien and PD meds. I had a psychotic episode where I started dreaming while walking my granddaughter home. Doc switched me to klonopin and I supplement with melatonin and valerian. Very good sleep for a pwp :D


Ambien has nasty nasty side effects, My husband was just went wild when in the hospital and took Ambien one night. He had vivid dreams of barbed wire fence wrapped around him, he pulled his IV's out and it was very bad until it (ambien) worked out of his system. When I asked the doctor about it he said many people a violent reaction to this med and that they all report having had the same dream of being trapped by barbed wire?? To me that sounds like enough proof this med should be pulled from the market.


There are 2 alternative sleep aids to use - and both are safe and good for PD: melatonin and L-theanine.

Theanine is an amino acid in black, green, pekoe and oolong teas. At 200 mg it will put you to sleep and, in smaller divided doses, is used in the daytime by people on social anxiety forums. If you were to take 200mg/'theanine in the daytime, you would be a lump on a log and just lay there. But 200 mg at bedtime, it will help you sleep.

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland and is responsible for your sleep/wake cycles. Like theanine, it has been shown to be neuroprotective for Parkinson's disease.

Both are better alternatives to Ambien.

Sleep well.



I have taken Ambien previously. No vivid dreams as others have described. However, it's a drug that helps you go to sleep, not stay asleep! Left me feeling drugged for 24 hours after taking it. No way I can be productive like that! No more for me!!!


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