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    Does Ambien Make you Vulnerable to Suggestion?
    jaxmanjoe posted:
    I've been taking ambien for years now and I am beginning to wonder if I am vulnerable to suggestion before I fall asleep or are waking shortly after taking ambien.

    My wife has an awful habit of deciding to bring up really serious topics after I'm already under the affects of my ambien. Of course it's hard for me to concentrate on these discussions.

    Recently, my wife and I were going through a rough patch and she came up after I was already in bed and about 1/2 hour after taking my ambien.

    She said she'd 'had enough' and we apparently had a discussion about me leaving because I was driving her crazy. I don't recall everything about this discussion only that I was apparently causing serious stress for my wife and daughter.

    I struggled to sleep after this discussion and at some point in the night, in a fog but still kind of aware, I packed a suitcase and left the house and started driving. I I don't recall the route I took but at some point I FaceTimed by daughter to tell her I had to leave (don't recall much about this discussion except that I was balling). I then continued driving apparently because eventually I realized I was about 4 hours from my home with no idea where I was going.

    Long story short, almost committed suicide and separated from my wife and daughter. I'm still trying to figure out what the hell happened. Is it possible that the initial discussion on ambien created a suggestion in my head that I followed through on without realizing it? I still can't believe what happened to me over a 24-hour period that has changed my life forever.

    Any ideas or similar experiences?

    atti_editor responded:
    This page from our drug reviews on Ambien has a section about side effects. One of them states that "Rarely after taking this drug, people have gotten out of bed and driven vehicles while not fully awake. People have also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not fully awake. Often, these people do not remember these events."

    Have you spoken to your doctor about this incident? If not, and you are still taking Ambien, I think that it would be best to do so as soon as possible.

    Please let us know how you are doing!
    alwaysinhoth2o replied to atti_editor's response:
    Good to know that these are indeed side effects of Ambien. I don't know about being vulnerable to suggestion other than your wife seems to want to make sure that this break up is all your fault and she knows how Ambien is affecting you. She is purposely using this time to start these conversations and arguments because you are not is a state to become defensive and you aren't thinking clearly enough to state some facts about her that she probably doesn't want to hear. She is a manipulator for doing this and she is using Ambien as a tool for her tactics. Unreal. Stay away from her, especially when she comes around after its Ambien thirty and time for bed. Can't blame Ambien!!!! Hope things turn around but remember, people do things because that is who they are! Good Luck

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