Effects of Ambien Withdrawal
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Zolpidem tartrate, more commonly known by its brand name, Ambien, is a prescription drug that falls into a class of substances often referred to as sedative-hypnotic drugs. Ambien drugs are prescribed as a short-term treatment option for insomnia. The drug was first advertised as a less addictive alternative to Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, but with the same medical effectiveness.
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Ambien: Categorization and Dangers
What is Ambien (Zolpidem)?
Types of Ambien
Side Effects of Ambien Pills
- Suicidal ideation, suicide attempts
- Severe anaphylactic reactions, anaphylactic shock, rash, allergy
- Abnormal thinking and behaviors
- Rebound insomnia
- Ataxia, feeling intoxicated, drugged, feeling
- Mood swings
Can Ambien Cause Addiction?
Yes. Although Ambien is meant to be less addictive than benzodiazepines, it is still a commonly prescribed sleep aid and can potentially cause addiction. When it’s used regularly over a prolonged period, the body can develop a physical dependence. This dependence can lead to Ambien withdrawal symptoms if the drug is abruptly discontinued. Additionally, misuse, such as taking higher doses than prescribed, or using it for longer periods than advised, significantly heightens the risk of addiction.
What is Ambien (Zolpidem) Withdrawal?
Ambien dependence and addiction usually occur when the user develops a tolerance for the drug, forcing them to consume larger doses (or more frequent doses) to achieve the same desired effect as before. Eventually, the user may become dependent on the substance and develop an addiction to the drug. Additionally, with addiction, detoxification becomes a challenge. The individual might experience withdrawal symptoms if they decide to stop taking Ambien or reduce their dosage.
Scope and Range of Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms
What Are The Symptoms of Ambien Withdrawal?
Withdrawal symptoms for Ambien will appear approximately 48 hours after starting the detoxification process. Fortunately, withdrawal from Ambien will subside in less than two weeks. Mild Ambien withdrawal symptoms typically include restlessness and insomnia, which can be frustrating but are less serious.
Physical Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Aches and pains
- Increased pulse
- Slurred speech
Psychological Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms
- Panic attacks
- Intense cravings to use
What Are the Stages in the Ambien Withdrawal Timeline?
Days One and Two
Days Six to Fourteen
How are Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms Treated?
Fortunately, with the help of medical professionals, you can quit Ambien in a safe, medically-supervised environment. There are different Ambien withdrawal treatments, but your treatment program will be based on your diagnosis since each treatment option is effective for different stages of recovery. The following are some common Ambien treatment options:
- In-patient rehabilitation
- Out-patient rehabilitation
- Individual counseling and therapy
- Group counseling and therapy
- Twelve-Step programs
HOW TO SAFELY WITHDRAW FROM AMBIEN
If you are wondering how to safely withdraw from Ambien, we are here to help. The safest route to discontinuing Ambien involves a gradual tapering process under medical supervision. Reduce dosage gradually over time to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial for personalized guidance and support throughout the withdrawal journey. Profound Treatment can develop a customized plan and provide strategies to manage any discomfort or challenges that may arise. Remember, a gradual approach is key to ensuring a safer and more comfortable withdrawal experience.
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Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Ambien & Withdrawal
It can be. Discontinuation or Ambien withdrawal, particularly for those who have been taking it for a long period of time or in high doses, can pose difficulties. Abrupt discontinuation can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures which can be life-threatening. It’s important to seek medical advice before discontinuing Ambien to ensure a safe and comfortable withdrawal process.
Yes, rebound insomnia, worsening sleep problems, is a common symptom of Ambien withdrawal.
This is how Ambien works. It slows down brain activity, allowing the user to sleep. It does this by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which inhibits certain brain signals and decreases activity in your nervous system.
Ambien begins to work within 30 minutes after taking it, with its peak effects typically felt within 1.5 hours.
While Ambien is effective for treating insomnia, it’s usually not recommended for long-term use due to the risk of dependency, tolerance, and side effects. It’s best to use it under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
An overdose on Ambien can be dangerous and may lead to severe drowsiness, coma, or even death, particularly if taken with other substances that depress the central nervous system. If you suspect or feel you are experiencing an overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
No, it is not safe to drink alcohol while taking Ambien. Alcohol can increase the sedative effects of Ambien. Consequently, this hikes up the risk of damaging side effects, including severe drowsiness, impaired motor control, unusual behavior, and memory loss.