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Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Ambien withdrawal occurs when the medication is abruptly discontinued. Ambien is an anxiolytic, sedative and hypnotic drug that is typically prescribed for the short-term management of insomnia. Ambien addiction typically results when it is taken for longer than a few weeks, or when it is taken at high doses. Patients that are addicted or dependent on alcohol or other drugs may have an increased risk of Ambien addiction.

Ambien withdrawal symptoms often show within hours of the last dose. If the patient is not receiving medical treatment for these symptoms, often the only relief for the patient is to take more Ambien. Ambien loses its pharmacologic activity within 1.4 to 4.5 hours after it is taken, and withdrawal symptoms occur soon after. This window of time varies depending on how quickly the patient's body metabolizes the drug. Withdrawal symptoms include amnesia, dizziness, lack of coordination, falls, headaches, vomiting or nausea and daytime drowsiness. Less common Ambien withdrawal symptoms may include body pain, vertigo, insomnia, abnormal dreams, difficulty breathing and fever or flu-like symptoms. As the patient continues to use Ambien, withdrawal symptoms will become more severe each time it reaches its biological half-life.

Withdrawing from Ambien: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Detox

iop-intensive-outpatient-prPeople who are interested in overcoming drug or alcohol addictions while maintaining their jobs and tending to their everyday lives may find that outpatient rehabilitation programs are a great match to their needs. These programs not only provide treatment for addictions, but also they can assist with detox. Outpatient detox is an option for those who are not at a high risk of severe physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms.

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Ambien withdrawal treatment methods begin with detoxification, which causes withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification means stopping the use of Ambien altogether.. Depending on the length of time the patient has used Ambien, the withdrawal symptoms may range from moderate to severe. For this reason, the safest way to withdraw from Ambien is to detox under the care of a medical professional.

Detoxification treatment is available at both private and government-funded inpatient rehab facilities. These facilities not only look after the patient's physical well-being, but also treat the psychological effects that detoxification and Ambien addiction can cause. Ambien detoxification can be achieved on an outpatient basis as well, but withdrawal symptoms can last up to four weeks using this treatment method and the patient isn't monitored as closely.

Other options include programs that treat only the addiction. These treatment methods focus solely on detoxification and usually do not offer follow-up rehab and recovery or counseling services. However, there are facilities that offer counseling services on an outpatient basis for patients who have already completed detoxification. Many outpatient treatment programs can be monitored by your physician, but these rely on the patient's willingness to make and keep appointments so that the physician can track his or her progress.

For successful recovery from Ambien addiction, it is recommended that you find a treatment program that offers detoxification, treatment of withdrawal system and an after-care program to support you in your recovery from Ambien addiction.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Detoxing is the first step in Ambien addiction treatment. This treatment should be followed by a long-term rehab and recovery program. Detoxing begins with treating withdrawal symptoms by ensuring that the patient is hydrated and receiving the vitamins and supplements necessary to maintaining good health. Detoxing typically takes about seven days.

Once the detoxification process is complete and the Ambien withdrawal symptoms have abated, recovery and rehabilitation from Ambien addiction begins. This may require treatment programs that range from outpatient addiction counseling to continued residential treatment at a drug rehab center. Treatment often depends on the extent of the patient's Ambien addiction and other factors, such as physical and emotional health and outside obligations, such as employment.

If you or someone you know is coping with Ambien withdrawal symptoms, contact a physician or an addictions treatment facility for information about your options for treatment to ensure successful rehab and recovery.

Ambien Information at a Glance
Medication Name, Costs Class of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Zolpidem
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: N,N-dimethyl-2-(6-methyl-2-p-tolylimidazo[1,2-a]pyridin-3-yl)acetamide
  • Brand Name: Ambien, Stilnox
  • Brand Name Variations: Adormix, Ambien CR, Still Nocht, Zolnox
  • Cost/Price: Varies
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Variable
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Variable
  • Chemical Makeup: C19H21N3O
  • System: Imidazopyridine
  • Duration of Action: Varies- Usually 4-9 hours
Form, Intake and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablet or Capsule
  • Administration Routes: Orally ingested
  • Dosage: Usually around 5 mg
  • Overdose: Varies but usually over 10mg
  • Alcohol Interaction: Zolpidem should never be mixed with alcohol as it may increase some of the adverse side effects
  • Illicit Drugs: Zolpidem should never be mixed with illicit drugs as it may cause life threatening conditions
  • Prescription Medications: Please speak to your physician before mixing medications
  • Contraindications: Elderly, Pregnant Women, history of depression, history of addiction
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Nausea, amnesia, vomiting, delusions, hallucinations, altered thought patterns
  • Long-Term: Longer term amnesia, liver damage, short term memory loss, change in libido
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Low to Moderate
  • Signs of Abuse: Disconnect from normal social interactions, depression, out of touch with reality
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: Between 12-24 hours since last dose
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Nausea, depression, severe insomnia, paranoia,
  • Tolerance: May be built up
  • Cross Dependence: Possible
  • Physical Dependence: Low
  • Psychological Dependence: Low to moderate
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule IV

Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Ambien Withdrawals Last?

Some people experience withdrawal side effects throughout the duration of detoxification. While there is no medically approved timeline to track Ambien withdrawals, most side effects will not linger more than a few weeks after the detoxification process. The length of withdrawal symptoms is dependent on the dosage of Ambien being taken, the frequency it is being taken, and the individual.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Ambien?

Amb’zzm Amee’sm Abee’ss, Z Drugs,

What are Common Misspellings?

Ambien withdrawl, Anbiem withdrawls, Anbien withdrawel, Anbeen withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

Some users may wish to try an all natural or home remedy method to help with detoxification. Before beginning this, it is important that they consult a physician. While a physician may suggest self-withdrawal, they may also suggest an alternative method such as a detox center. Self withdrawal may not offer the relief from side effects that a user may be seeking. A detox center will have the medical knowledge to help users become clean while still being able to relieve some of the withdrawal side effects.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Ambien?

While there are many different options for detox, it will generally take between 24-72 hours for the Ambien to leave the body’s system. There are also a wide array of detox, withdrawal, and addiction recovery programs that will help a user finish detox successfully. Call 1-888-935-1318 or visit our locator page to find treatment options in your area. It’s not too late, and the choice is in your hands.

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