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?