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Old 02-13-2009, 06:12 PM   #1
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OK, so my husband takes some pretty strong narcotics (he has osteoporosis and a connective tissue disorder so he has some strong pain). I also take a pain medication called tramadol, which while not that strong, does apparently get diverted. So, we keep all our medications locked in my husband's gun safe, for various reasons.

So this morning, he got out our meds, I took my two morning tramadol and put my two lunch time tramadol in my pocket. About half an hour after I got to work, I started feeling really strange. I was feeling dizzy-almost drunk, and I couldn't form words. One of my co-workers was really concerned and wanted to take me to the hospital. I asked her to drive me home and promised I'd go to the ER (hospital is 1/2 hour away from my house) if I didn't feel better.

I fell asleep for awhile, took my other tramadol around noon, and then fell back asleep. When I woke up again, my husband says, "There are four ambien missing from my new prescription. Do you know what happened to them?"

Yes, my husband takes ambien too. And yes, ambien and tramadol look a lot alike. And apparently, that's what he gave me. So I took 2 10 mm ambiens at 7 AM and 2 10 mm ambiens at noon. So now I have to explain to my supervisor that yes, I did go to work on drugs, but it wasn't my fault.

I'm still pretty sleepy, but pharmacist says I need to try to stay awake the rest of the day. So wish me luck on that. I'm going to brew some coffee and try to reverse polarize the sleep drugs.

(And people use this stuff recreationally? Why? )
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:39 AM   #2
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OMgoodness! I hope you'll get it out of your system without getting too sick (before or after).
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Sorry for your luck! side effects from the wrong drugs can really make you crazy. You didn't take that much so hopefully if won't take long to recover. Good luck and have a nice nape
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Holy crap! I take Ambien occasionally and I rarely take more than 5 mg. The few times I've actually taken 10 I was practically in a coma from it. So you took 4 of the strongest pills they make. I hope DH is home to help you stay awake today.

You might consider getting a labeler and using large letters mark the bottles better. They write so small that it's hard to see especially if you're not fully awake.
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The pharmacy said they will put my husbands ambien in a different colored bottle from now on, but of course we will be really careful about checking too.

I seemed to have survived without any ill effects although I had a HORRIBLE headache most of the afternoon and evening yesterday. We called the pharmacy again and they said it probably was from the ambien. Considering I took 4 x the maximum dose in about a 5 hour period, I guess things turned out OK.
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I didn't know they could use a different bottle..that's a great idea!
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Hugs. glad you are feeling a bit better now. Soetimes mistakes are made. Im glad this one wasn't to bad.
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Very glad to hear that you are doing better. Must have been scary for you.

Hope you get a good night sleep after all that and wake up feeling better tomorrow.

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Wow! I am so glad that you are doing OK. That must have been really scary for both of you. It's so easy to mix medications up because they do look alike. I bet he's super careful after that. Glad you are doing OK.
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I don't think that I would ever be able to laugh about that. Scary stuff!!



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