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KissMyAsscroft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:08 PM
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Well this answers the question "How do you sleep at night?"

"So do you use sleeping tablets to organize yourself?" Al-Rashed asked.

"Yes. Well, I wouldn't call them that," Powell said. "They're a wonderful medication -- not medication. How would you call it? They're called Ambien, which is very good. You don't use Ambien? Everybody here uses Ambien."


Ambien Side Effects

Ambien with the generic name of Zolpidem belongs to a class of medicines that effects the central nervous system, called sedative hypnotics. Ambien is closely related to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines. These drugs cause sedation, muscle relaxation, act as anti-convulsants (anti-seizure), and have anti-anxiety properties. Ambien addiction and abuse affects numerous individuals today. Many become addicted unintentionaly and do not realize it untill they expierence withdrawal symptoms when they discontinue use.

Ambien side effects include but are not limited to:

abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, abnormal vision, agitation, amnesia, anxiety, arthritis
back pain, bronchitis, burning sensation
chest pain, confusion, constipation, coughing
daytime sleeping, decreased mental alertness, depression, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating, difficulty swallowing, diminished sensitivity to touch, dizziness on standing, double vision, dry mouth
emotional instability, exaggerated feeling of well-being, eye irritation
falling, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms
gas, general discomfort
hallucination, hiccup, high blood pressure, high blood sugar
increased sweating, infection, insomnia, itching
joint pain
lack of bladder control, lack of coordination, lethargy, light-headedness, loss of appetite
menstrual disorder, migraine, muscle pain
nasal inflammation, nervousness, numbness
paleness, prickling or tingling sensation
rapid heartbeat, rash, ringing in the ears
sinus inflammation, sleep disorder, speech difficulties, swelling due to fluid retention
taste abnormalities, throat inflammation, throbbing heartbeat, tremor
unconsciousness, upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection
vertigo, vomiting
Ambien side effects that are rare include but are not limited to:

abnormal tears or tearing, abscess, acne, aggravation of allergies, aggravation of high blood pressure, aggression, allergic reaction, altered production of saliva, anemia
belching, blisters, blood clot in lung, boils, breast pain, breast problems, breast tumors, bruising
chill with high temperature followed by heat and perspiration
decreased sex drive, delusion, difficulty urinating
excessive urine production, eye pain, facial swelling due to fluid retention
fainting, false perceptions, feeling intoxicated, feeling strange, flushing, frequent urination
glaucoma, gout
heart attack, hemorrhoids, herpes infection, high cholesterol, hives, hot flashes
impotence, inability to urinate, increased appetite, increased tolerance to the drug, intestinal blockage, irregular heartbeat
joint degeneration
kidney failure, kidney pain
laryngitis, leg cramps, loss of reality, low blood pressure
mental deterioration, muscle spasms in arms and legs, muscle weakness
nosebleed, pain, painful urination, panic attacks, paralysis, pneumonia, poor circulation
rectal bleeding, rigidity
sciatica (lower back pain), sensation of seeing flashes of lights or sparks, sensitivity to light, sleepwalking, speech difficulties, swelling of the eye
thinking abnormalities, thirst, tooth decay
uncontrolled leg movements, urge to go to the bathroom
varicose veins
weight loss

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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:10 PM
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1. Got a source for the quote?
I seem to recall it, but would like some confirmation.

Yes, Monsters, especially ones who like to pretend they are Good and Noble, likely medicate themselves to sleep to still the voice of their consciences.
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:12 PM
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6. It's apparently from...
Edited on Tue May-25-04 04:15 PM by punpirate
... the Washington Post, but it's far enough back that it's only available through the paid archive. Best as I can guess, it's from the Nov. 9, 2003, edition, maybe page A-19.


edit to add link.
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:11 PM
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2. Ambien gave me amnesia
Two whole days, purged from my memory. Damnedest thing that I ever experienced from a drug.

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smirkymonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:16 PM
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3. Thought I was the only one!
I took it one night and felt like nothing was happening, so I called a friend who is always up late. He said that in the middle of the conversation I just started babbling nonsense and then it sounded like I dropped the phone and he couldn't get me back.

I had no recollection of it. This also happened when I took it before an overseas plane trip. Took it in the terminal and that was the last thing I remember until I was in London. Luckily I was traveling with someone. I will never try that again.
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Jmeyers130 Donating Member (81 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:23 PM
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4. No problems here
I take it here and there when i went to get to bed earlier than I normally do. I'll take it, then a half-hour later i'll feel almost drunk. I find myself unsteady when i stand, and I have trouble focusing. So then I just go to bed and I'm out like a light. I hardly ever take it though, so as to make sure I don't become addicted.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:46 PM
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5. my doctor gave me them for two weeks-
Edited on Tue May-25-04 03:47 PM by rchsod
that was it, hell he was reluctant give give me them at all. they really mess your mind..they disrupt your sleep so bad your thought process takes hours to get reorganized..
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