Ambien for the elderly

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My Mom is 92 years old. Has been living on her own in Elderly housing for 20 years. Her dementia consisted of repeating and repeating, forgetting who visited, etc. but went throughout her normal activities w/some services very well and very happiy. Always knew us but was starting to forget other people but after prompting she would be ok. 3 weeks ago she developed a very severe resistant UTI and then got c-dift (not sure how to spell that). Anyway ended up dilusional, confused, etc.
First, the reccommended dose is 10 mg for adults and 5 mg for the elderly or hepatically impaired. No where does the PI say anything about 2.5 starting doses. Second, Ambien is to be taken DIRECTLY before you are ready to go to sleep, this will avoid any problems like earlygrace had mentioned. Ambien is in the hypnotic class but is NOT a benzodiazapene. It has a chemically unique structure that helps to limit is addictive qualities.
I'm with Tuck, it is hard enough for me to sleep that I couldn't imagine waking myself up in the middle of the night for anything! I can tell you than the 10mg Immediate Release form of Ambien is only cited for short term use (7-10 days). I am in the military and they have no problem giving that stuff to you for months or years and long as you still get any amount of sleep at all with it.
I would like to know what you would recommend for anxiety that wouldnt keep her up. Ambien CR has not at all helped her to sleep. A neurologist we only saw twice wants to put her on Lexapro for anxiety and wondered if there is something better?
Thank you so much for your quick and kind advice. I will call her surgeon and ask for a small amount to have on hand, but she has not had one in 2 days now and just told her physical therapist that her pain level is now only a 2. Maybe her addiction was not as severe as I thought, since she seems to have handled it better than I had expected based on her initial behavior over the past 2 weeks.
I forgot to mention that he's been taking Ambien for about as long as he's been on the methadone and getting off of that is another fight for the future. We figure one thing at a time! That's why I wasn't going to order the melatonin.
My 82 year old mother is planning to go to detox for vicodin, opana ER (oxycontin), Ambien, and several/many other drugs for back pain which may be osteo arthritis and/or psychosomatic. The pain doctor said there were no clinical findings. After 20 or 30 years of various and increasing amounts of pain pills, she finds little relief from pain, and the doctor is getting worried that she is going to kill herself accidentally and is kind of fed up with her always wanting more more more pain meds.
Or course the truth you asked for is that non-detectible would be better. I forgot your stats, including first time treatment or not, age, age you think you contracted HCV, genotype, stage of liver damage, drugs (pegasys or peg intron?), pre-tx weight, riba dose; as well as your previous viral load tests. Also, what was your pre-tx hemoglobin and what was it on follow-up hgb values?
Their systems appear are more sensitive to these types of medications. Most every web-site lists a warning for use of Ambien in the elderly population. This is a typical note: " Use in the elderly and/or debilitated patients: Impaired motor and/or cognitive performance after repeated exposure or unusual sensitivity to sedative/hypnotic drugs is a concern in the treatment of elderly and/or debilitated patients.
If you've gone 64 hours cold turkey, you should be able to kick this stuff. I, for one, will be rooting for you from the sidelines just like Walter Cronkite urging the moon shot off the pad. I, we, all need to see you make it off this ****. I think it helps everyone when anyone beats opiates. Go for it!
Combining Ambien and Seroquel can cause central nervous system and respiratory depressant effects, especially in elderly or debilitated patients. Please discuss with your doctor for alternate medications. In the meantime, I would strongly caution you not to drive or operate heavy machinery while on these medications as you might injure yourself or others. Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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SEE YOUR DOCTOR to determine if the above regimen is safe and proper for you, especially the oral benedryl as the dosage is above the recommended amount. Do NOT do this regimen while taking Doxepine also. Partial relief should begin within 5 minutes, complete relief when the combined effect of the oral benedryl kicks in (20-30 minutes). Relief from the itching should last approx 3 to 6 hours. All the benedryl WILL make you sleepy.
Friday, September 05, 2008 Shawn, I've waited ten years to write this particular letter. Mostly, Sheldon and I have been separated for the last three years or so.. he was shacked up in those government apartments at Switzer, with a drug dealer, Barbara Abbott. The reason I call her a drug dealer, she sells pills that she gets from Dr. Carbonel , her mother, her husband, and her brothers, the whole family is into drugs and drug dealing.
Thanks. I HATE drug side effects stories. My elderly mom's hgb dropped to 8.5 on Arava (for rheumatoid arthritis), I had a personality change on Ambien (so bubbly I couldn't even stand myself). We have to really be on the watch every time we add a new medication. I worry the most about people who require multiple meds. Think I will start taking B-12. Thanks again.
After the first visit with this Doctor I was sent home with several scripts. Suboxone 2mg and 8mg. Klonopin for the anxiety of WD, Robaxin (muscle relaxer), Clonodine (to help with night sweats) The first week was horrible. No energy at all, and constant sleepiness. Im a full time student, and work two jobs. The energy I got from the opiates was now gone. He started me on Provigil 100 mg. It seemed to help, but not enough. I suffered from ADD since I was 15, and I addressed this to him.
what are you doing!? don't ever mix ambien with Lorazepam, xanax, zoloft or any of the likes! There are interactions between these drugs Central nervous system- and/or respiratory-depressant effects may be additively or synergistically increased in patients taking multiple drugs that cause these effects, especially in elderly or debilitated patients.
my father can not sleep he wakes up and does not know where he is, when he lays flat down in the bed he says the walls looks like the floor and dont know why there are door handles on the floor things are all out of place for him then he gets scared, and that makes it worse. he can fall asleep in the day time in a recliner and it does not bother him, he leaves a light on at night but it does not help.
I added Boost High Protein for nutrition. Many foods I can eat one day I find unpalatable the next. Sometimes water upsets my system. Tests done December and January include abdominal CT, chest x-ray, barium swallow upper x-ray, barium swallow intestinal x-ray, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, pill-cam intestinal, and various stool samples. All appeared normal or were negative. Liver, AC1 and thyroid blood tests done at my family practitioner in November were normal.
I take a clonazepam at night for restless and OTC unison and I cannot drive in the morning because I fall asleep. I am 85 I sleep till about 4:00 is it the medicines I take. I never had this before. I had a complete blood test, I Do not know how to handle this, Is it the sleeping pill or clonazepam.
I would put the ambien in the bottle with your hormones and carry the bottle in your purse. I fly quite a bit and have never had my prescription bottles checked and I have been wanded more times that I care to count.(had to dump my purse, one time the underwire in my bra went off! so I had to go with 2 female TSA'a in another room and remove my blouse!) Must be the blonde hair and blue eyes that creates such a security concern.
I dont get the shrink bit. Why couldnt the pcp ween me off of xanax? The elderly ER dr. knew what to do - didnt seem like rocket science to him. clocker.
she was very coherent during and after the stroke and was administered the tpa within 2 hrs. She was accepted by the Baylor/Dallas Inst for Rehab which is rated #1 in the USA but was just too weak to participate 3 hrs/day as required. she transferred to a nursing rehab facility and she has so much trouble with sleep and anxiety. she has always had a problem with sleep. Alot of the pills prescribed during the 70's and 80's caused her to sleep walk and eat.
It has been going on several months I am not takng a new rx zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzI have taken Tenorman atenelol for a rapid heartbeat for 13 years and I take ambien to be able to sleep 8 years now/ Any help would be appreciated Thanks
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Your mom is on way too many drugs. She most likely needs to get off everything and have the doc treat her for w/d from the Elavil, only. There are drugs made specifically to treat withdrawal. Good luck! I do know what your mom is going through.
The lack of nasal mucous is serious. Mucous is responsible for the lubrication and protection of the mucous membranes. It is also a part of our immune system. It traps particles and organisms that otherwise can pass through to our lungs. The dryness can be caused by harsh chemicals, (traces of the stripping materials might still be present on the molding), by the chronic over-use of medication such as Afrin, or by inhaled illicit drugs such as cocaine.
Thank you for your comments. I have tried melatonin without much success, and will look into valerian, Calms Forte Trazadone, and Benadryl. My sleep cycle is usually the same. Bed at 11:30PM, awake at 2:30, back to sleep in 15 min., awake at 4:30, back to sleep in 15 min, permanently awake at 6:00. I never seem to need 7hrs. a night; mostly 6 to 6 and a half. I'm in excellent health.
seems to have helped. thanks i thnk its the tram which caused the probs. thanks, i dont know anything for sure.
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