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Ramblings of an Emergency Physician in Texas

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By: @gruntdoc

Sun, 05 May 2013 00:40:58 +0000

@medskep my ambien patient.

By: Erica Austria

Mon, 26 May 2008 14:05:13 +0000

What a great blog, made me laugh out loud several times. And having just been prescribed Halcyon by my Persian Professor for menopausally induced insomnia, maybe I should not laugh. But after a week of being spiked, poked, prodded and pricked, believe me, I need a laugh. I have Melatonin too. Bought at a health food shop but so far, untried. The sleep med which caused the amorous wife with sitting difficulties may be the answer, as I am finding it hard to keep up with my much younger husband in that department. Worth a try I guess. Fortunately I don't drive.

By: emmy

Wed, 21 Mar 2007 15:40:54 +0000

A couple of years ago I was hospitalized for a week after passing out in my car while driving. I was taking Ambien at the time. After two more incidences where I was having problems that left me in the hospital, I fired the doctor who prescribed it and quit taking the drug. I haven't had any problems since.

By: Carrie (NeoNurseChic)

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 23:24:56 +0000

Ian, You just made me smile with that comment. I've only been to England once - this past September - to stay with a friend of mine. She lived in Nottingham (Bingham), and we traveled over 2000 miles together in 8 days, including 2 trips to London and back. :) So now after reading what you wrote, I can picture the drive. I miss it! Take care, Carrie :)

By: ian henry

Tue, 20 Mar 2007 18:02:24 +0000

i bet this was zopiclone. have seen this before in a lady who drove from london to nottingham (2+hrs, motorways) before remming oun in a crossroad.

By: Carrie (NeoNurseChic)

Mon, 19 Mar 2007 04:37:52 +0000

Hey N=1, did you know that JCAHO no longer wants to be referred to as "JayCo" - they now want to be referred to as the "Joint Commission"? Our manager told us this in a staff meeting not all that long ago. What will they think up next? ;)

By: GruntDoc

Sun, 18 Mar 2007 20:27:07 +0000

But of course, though I'd like credit.

By: N=1

Sun, 18 Mar 2007 18:45:36 +0000

The tiny asterisked text at the bottom should be the healthcare bloggers' creed. May I please have your permission to add it to my blog posts? The cynicism is pitch perfect, and I may add just a wee bit about JCAHO, too. ;^)

By: Rabbit

Sun, 18 Mar 2007 16:29:27 +0000

My ex was pulling night callout at the clinical lab at the little local hospital years ago. She had been taking Halcyon for sleep problems and had absent-mindedly taken her dose (maybe even two) before turning in. Of course, she was paged out by phone a couple of hours later. About a half hour later the phone rang- police had found her car at the end of the road adjacent to the hospital and it was atop the bent remains of a basketball goal just short of the front of a house. She'd failed to stop at the T-intersection with a stop sign, continued across the opposite curb and over the 3 foot high landscape crossties, became airborn and hit the bb goal at about 5 feet above ground. Bent it over and fouled the underside of the car on the backboard. The car was suspended at about 4 feet off the ground, still running. She'd gotten out and walked the 2 blocks to the hospital and was sitting in the lab when the police tracked her down. And to this day she doens't remember a thing.

By: Carrie (NeoNurseChic)

Sun, 18 Mar 2007 16:11:59 +0000

Now do benzos cause this too? In the past, I have taken klonopin, ativan, and serax for sleep - now I just use serax prn on the really bad nights when the clusters don't stop - but I never did anything in my sleep that I know of! I have plms in my sleep though, and I have had comments from an exboyfriend about how I have accidentally punched him in the face during my sleep on more than a few occasions - which startled the hell out of him! I always feel bad when I hear that, but I never remember it. Maybe it's some serious subconscious anger issues against my exboyfriend. lol I do tend to be a very restless sleeper. My brother is a sleep-talker. He has entire conversations in his sleep and doesn't remember them the next day. It's pretty hilarious. Ambien and the like never touched my insomnia problems when I tried them...granted, this was during my first few hospital stays and never at more than the lowest doses. I will say something about melatonin and sleep. I know a LOT of people who take melatonin at night because it's considered a cluster preventative - not sure if it actually prevents the cluster attacks or if you just sleep through them...which would seem unlikely, given the nature of cluster headaches, but if you're knocked out well enough, then I suppose it's possible! At any rate - I know people who had to come off of melatonin because of how awful their dreams became. They started having night terrors - one friend dreamed of nothing but spiders. Hearing the accounts of the dreams that people were having on that stuff really was somewhat interesting! Very vivid dreams... Must be a known thing about melatonin - and hence the remelteon (rozerem) comercials for "You're dreams miss you." This past week I have had extremely vivid dreams - and on and off, I do have very strong dreams, but this is pretty consistently every night. Not taking any sleep aids, but I did just re-start domperidone. Wouldn't think that would cause any dream side-effects, but now I'm kind of curious! I love stuff like this.... And your patient story is interesting. It's kinda like getting the opportunity to be a Sherlock Holmes from time to time, isn't it? Glad he wasn't hurt!! I've heard similar stories, and it's amazing how far people can drive while sleeping and not be injured...! Take care, Carrie :)