A while back they determined that women need a lower dose than men. Men are now given 10mg and women are given 5mg. They have not yet determined why women were having problems with the higher dose.
With Ambien, you take it and go to bed. Do not wait for it to "kick in".
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My sleep doctor gives Ambien to his patients before the sleep lab study.
I take Cymbalta and have taken other antidepressants in that SNRI family. Even if you only took it for a few weeks, it's still possible that you could be having some discontinuation syndrome symptoms. Some people will, others won't after that length of time on an SSRI med. Anxiety and insomnia are two big withdrawal symptoms.
I'm with Paula on the Ambien. When I used to take it, I determined that it was better to actually get into bed before I took it and not to answer phone calls or use the internet afterwards. If you keep taking it, you'll learn more about how your body responds to it and if it causes you to be prone to falls or to having amnesia between the time you take it and the next morning.
There is a low-dose, middle of the night, get-back-to-sleep form of dissolve-under-the-tongue Ambien called Intermezzo. Or there used to be at least. (I think it's still available.)
I think that you would probably get more assistance with your sleep questions on a sleep disorders forum or a psych meds discussion forum. You can find the names of good ones by doing a web search, or if you PM me, I can suggest a couple.