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- Withdrawal Symptoms
- Withdrawing from Ambien: Treatment Methods and Options for Help
- Detoxing, Addiction Treatment, Rehab, and Recovery
- Questions and Answers (FAQ)
Abruptly stopping the use of Ambien triggers withdrawal. A sedative, anxiolytic, and hypnotic drug, Ambien is usually prescribed for insomnia. Taking it in high doses or for more than a few weeks can cause addiction. Addiction to alcohol or other drugs can increase your risks of Ambien addiction.
Medical detoxification refers to treatment that prevents or lessens withdrawal symptoms when a patient stops using a drug.
Within a few hours of the last dose, Ambien withdrawal symptoms can start. Without getting medical help, symptoms may not relent without taking more. The drug stops acting on your body after 1.4 to 4.5 hours. Withdrawals start soon after. The more quickly you metabolize the drug, the sooner withdrawal starts.
The longer you use Ambien, the harsher the withdrawal symptoms will be.
Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Lack of coordination
- Vomiting and nausea
Rarer withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Body pain
- Abnormal dreams
- Flu-like symptoms
Withdrawing from Ambien: Treatment Methods and Options for Help
Detoxification starts the withdrawal treatment process. Detoxing means halting all Ambien use, starting withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe if the patient has been on the drug for a long time. To detox safely, do it under medical supervision.
Both private and government-funded inpatient rehab facilities offer detox treatment. Detox facilities protect patients medically, but they also treat the psychological impacts of addiction and withdrawal. Patients can achieve Ambien detox on an outpatient basis as well, but the process can take as long as four weeks and without close monitoring.
Some patients might need or prefer detox-only treatment programs instead. These treatment options detox the patient without rehab, recovery, and counseling.
Patients who detox on their own can use facilities that offer outpatient counseling.
Your doctor can also monitor your outpatient treatment program. This requires you to make and keep appointments so they can track your progress.
To recover successfully, we recommend finding a treatment program that offers detox, withdrawal treatment, and aftercare to support your recovery from Ambien addiction.
Detoxing, Addiction Treatment, Rehab, and Recovery
Patients take the first step in Ambien addiction treatment by detoxing. A long-term rehab and recovery program ideally comes next. Medical detox treats withdrawal symptoms by hydrating the patient and maintaining good health with vitamins and supplements. Detoxing takes about seven days.
Recovery and rehabilitation from Ambien addiction start after detox is over and withdrawal symptoms pass. Patients move on to outpatient addiction counseling or residential treatment in a rehab center. Physical and emotional health, as well as employment obligations, impact which treatment is best.
Contact a physician or treatment facility if you or somebody you know is struggling with Ambien addiction or withdrawals.
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Questions and Answers (FAQ)
How Long Does Ambien Withdrawal Last?
Withdrawal side effects can last as long as the detox process itself. There is no medically approved withdrawal timeline, but most side effects don't outlast a few weeks past detox. The dosage, frequency, and patient's body all impact the length of withdrawal.
Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Ambien?
A minus, zombie pills, Tic Tacs, sleepeasy, no-go pills.
Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?
Patients who want to try home remedies to detox should talk to a doctor first. Your doctor may recommend self-withdrawal or supervised detox depending on your circumstances. Self-withdrawal may not relieve your side effects. A detox center has the medical knowledge to offer relief from side effects while you get clean.