ambien or valium for fearful flyer

Nov 16th, 2005, 06:19 AM
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I agree to try whatever you choose, but I would do it well ahead of the trip, not only the day before.
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Nov 16th, 2005, 06:22 AM
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oops i realize dina's good advice could be read two ways-

ONE night ahead of time (i was thinking she meant the very night before your trip)
one night AHEAD of time (a night well in advance of your travel)
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Nov 16th, 2005, 08:15 PM
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sorry if I was unclear...
I did mean one night AHEAD of time...
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Nov 16th, 2005, 09:04 PM
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I never put two and two together before, but now that you mention it, I too experienced nightmares while taking ambien for an extended period of time. Now, when I need it, I take only half of a pill. My worst ambien "side effect" is that my memory gets very foggy. Did I already say that? What were we talking about?
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Nov 17th, 2005, 07:17 AM
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An important consideration with alcohol is that it is dehydrating...recent studies have shown that avoiding dehydration is the best way to prevent DVT on long flights..
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Nov 17th, 2005, 07:27 AM
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not to sound flippant, but i find if i am in close proximity to both the wing and the bar cart, my fears are very much alleviated
i am a better flyer than i used to be, but i still get antsy
the ambien will just make you groggy and incoherent--wouldnt' recommend it
just go with 2 tylenol pm--will help you relax but won't "zombie" you
have fun & be safe!
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Nov 17th, 2005, 08:16 AM
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I just got a prescription for Ambien, and the lengthy information from my HMO about the drug specifies that it should not be used when you will be sleeping for less than 8 hours. Good to know--memory lapses can result.
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Nov 17th, 2005, 09:22 AM
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dina's post reminded me in a round-about way, when i find an anti-anxiety or sleep prescription most helpful is for the first few nights after I arrive in Europe to help me get over jet lag and on to local time.
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Nov 17th, 2005, 09:38 AM
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Actually I do tend to get a dry mouth from both ambien and xanax, so I guess they can both be dehydrating. Next time I fly to Europe, maybe I will try not taking any thing. Actually, I am flying to California in a couple of months, and that will make a 10 hour trip! I told my son there that it would be quicker for me to fly to Paris!
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Nov 17th, 2005, 09:41 AM
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You can always try herbal teas--some are very relaxing.
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