Citation: Bill. "So Not the Drug for Me: An Experience with Zolpidem (exp110950)". Erowid.org. Sep 28, 2017. erowid.org/exp/110950
I usually don't have trouble going to sleep, but as I've gotten older I have trouble staying asleep. There's a recent 'mezzanine' version of zolpidem that comes in a 2mg sublingual that's intended to get you back to sleep for about 5 hours, and I got a sample from my sleep doctor. (The standard dose is 10mg.) I didn't use it for a couple of years, because I usually have morning phone calls or appointments and didn't want to trust the '5 hours', but eventually I decided to just try it at bedtime on a weekend.
Wow, this is not the drug for me! I may have been a bit disoriented going to sleep, but when I woke up about 8 hours later I felt awful - dissociated, confused, like everything's wrong. Unfortunately, 'fucked up' is about as accurate a term, since I really wasn't clear-headed or relaxed enough to describe it well.
Other drugs I use that might have interacted with it? 10mg prozac in the morning, and some nights I'll use clonazepam, benadryl, or cannabis edibles to help me sleep (not that night obviously, but I might have used one of those the night before). I made sure not to have alcohol that evening, because of the frequent warnings about mixing the two.
I normally react positively to small doses of clonazepam or lorazepam, and find Xanax a bit harsher but still tolerable if I need to sleep and it's all that's around.
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