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Why Does The Va Make Me Sign For This Med?


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I get all of my VA meds via the mail. Only one requires me to sign for it. When I get the registered notification form the Postal Service, I have to drive there and sign for it.

The med is only the generic ambien - zolpidem tartrate. It is not even as strong as the name brand ambien. Why does the VA treat this med as a controlled substance. My spouse happens to take this and she gets it for only $10. So what is the big deal?

I have not been asked to sign a med contract nor have I said I will do anything alarming...

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Class type sedative/hypnotics (mind altering)

Possible diversion during the shipping process?

It might be illegal (in my state) to drive to get it if there is a detectable level of it in your bloodstream.

I get all of my VA meds via the mail. Only one requires me to sign for it. When I get the registered notification form the Postal Service, I have to drive there and sign for it.

The med is only the generic ambien - zolpidem tartrate. It is not even as strong as the name brand ambien. Why does the VA treat this med as a controlled substance. My spouse happens to take this and she gets it for only $10. So what is the big deal?

I have not been asked to sign a med contract nor have I said I will do anything alarming...

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Can I tell you something about ambien? It can cause amnesia. I take it and it has caused amnesia in me at least twice. Watch out when you drive if you are taking ambien. I almost had a wreck a few days ago due to that stuff being in my system from the night before.

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Call the pharmacy and ask them to send FedEx so you can sign at your house and that you should not be driving.

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The reason you have to sign for it is because of classification of drugs that if has been assigned. I used to take this drug and it made me eat in the middle of the night. I would get up, not really awake, and eat whatever I could find. A roll, a donut, deli meat from the fridge, just anything. Then, I'd go back to sleep. Sometimes I would remember it and sometimes I only knew it happened because of the mess I would leave. I didn't like that part of the drug, but it helped with the nightmares and I was able to get some rest. I have 4 meds mailed to me. I have to sign for one of them. I have never signed a narcotic contract with the VA either and I never will.

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