Thanks for the feedback. My doctor had just prescribed Trazodone to me and this was the genesis for my post. On Trazodone I had terrible nightmares and, more worryingly, it made breathing difficult; especially on CPAP. Ambien is the only drug that has worked for me. My gut says that sleep is more important than any dependence on Ambien, but again maybe I'm being naive.
I've been on CPAP for a little over a year now. I've tried everything I and my doctor can think of to help me sleep with the machine. You name it and I've tried it.
The only thing that seems to work reliably is Zoloidem (generic Ambien) 10mg. With that I'm able to sleep well and I awake refreshed. It's kind of great, but...
Ambien is not approved for long term use. It seems like I can have one of two situations: a fretful night of pseudo sleep where I take off the mask half way through the night, or I take Ambien and get sleep but take the risk of whatever happens after long term use.
I've never had any problem with Ambien. No weird sleep eating or need to up the dose. The best answer my doctor can give me is "I don't want you dependent on a drug to sleep." Well neither do I but I still think maybe not sleeping is worse?
What are the long term risks with Ambien or any sleep aid pill like it? Do others need
It like I do to fall and stay asleep?
My doctor seems reluctant, but agreeable to prescribe it for daily use but all of the internet screams to stay away at all costs. That hasn't been my experience, but maybe I've just been lucky or naive?
Anyone else have experience with long term use of sleeping pills together with CPAP?
Any help is much appreciated.