Ambien, good or evil

Jan 17th, 2003, 09:08 PM
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Ambien, good or evil

There was a good discussion of the merits of Ambien or similar helping folks on long distance flights. It has just disapeared. Is this a forbidden subject also, Fodors censors????
Jan 18th, 2003, 04:03 AM
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The Ambien discusssion I saw was actually on the Europe Forum. Go to "Europe" and type in Ambien in the search box. When I originally saw it, I thought it should be on the airline forum. It's still there so there is no censor in this case.
Ps: I am a doctor and I take Ambien on long overnight flights. But you must wait at least two hours after eating a meal with a high fat content or it will not be absorbed properly. I found that out the hard way!
Jan 19th, 2003, 09:19 AM
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I am an MD also. There is less absorption with food, but there is absorption. To wait for 2 hours after a meal when you are on a plane and want to sleep right away may be difficult for some. It may be a reasonable compromise to eat a smaller amount, wait 30 minutes, take the Ambien, and see how this works for you. It probably will.

You may have to choose between eating and sleeping.
Jan 19th, 2003, 10:00 AM
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I find 1/3 of an Ambien is all I need. Get some food prior to boarding, take pill when you're aiborne and go to sleep. Don't worry with airline's routine - they are willing to let you sleep if you just ask!
Jan 20th, 2003, 04:11 AM
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Dan: I fully agree with all you said: eat a low fat meal and there will be no problem even if you take the Ambien right after eating.

Any thought about taking an aspirin before the flight?

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