Thursday April 24th 2014

Ambien overdose: How much amount of Ambien to OD?

Can you prevent an unintentional Ambien overdose? Yes.

In this article, we cover how Ambien overdose happens as well as general guidelines for how much Ambien is safe. If you have questions about Ambien overdose, we invite you to ask them at the end. We try to respond to all legitimate Ambien questions with a personal and prompt reply.

How does Ambien overdose happen?

You can take too much Ambien (zolpidem) for a number of reasons. If you suffer from insomnia, you may take more Ambien than directed to try to get relief. In fact, if you increase the amount or the frequency at which you take Ambien,it’s easy to unintentionally overdose on Ambien. Another way to OD on Ambien is to try to get “high” on Ambien, particularly since euphoric effect takes larger amounts of the drug than are normally prescribed. And some people attempt to OD on Ambien as a way to commit suicide or self-harm.

Ambien overdose – How much is too much?

The amount of Ambien you need to take to overdose depends on your body weight, previous exposure to the medication, and other factors. But there are some basic guidelines you can follow.

1. Maximum daily dosage

You’ll usually only be given 5-10 mg once a day, to be taken directly before you go to sleep. 10 mg is the normal maximum daily dosage.

2. Avoid high doses of Ambien

At 70 mg, you may begin to experience serious adverse effects of taking too much Ambien, although this dose is low enough that you probably won’t suffer permanent injury. The amount needed to overdose can range from 400-600 mg. But even this dose probably won’t kill you – the reported fatal dose for Ambien is much higher, at 2000 mg.

3. Don’t experiment with different ways of taking Ambien

Ambien abuse does increase the risk of death and overdose. Zolpidem should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor. You’re much more likely to overdose or experience adverse effects of Ambien when you chew, crush, inject, or snort Ambien pills.  And avoid mixing Ambien and alcohol.  Sedative effects are more intense when the two are combined.

Ambien overdose complications

The most dangerous complications of taking too much Ambien are related to breathing and heart rate. At very high doses, Ambien may effect your breathing or heartbeat. But taking more Ambien than recommended can cause memory loss and acting out physical behaviors in your sleep (like driving) that can put you in danger. Excessive tiredness and dizziness may also put you at risk of accidents.

Ambien overdose prognosis

The prognosis for Ambien overdose is usually good. It takes a very high amount of Ambien to overdose, and even more to experience long-term health effects or death. While taking more Ambien than directed can be unpleasant and dangerous because of the degree to which it impairs you, medically speaking in terms of OD liability, Ambien isn’t a very dangerous drug.

Ambien overdose amount questions

If you have any questions about safe amounts of Ambien in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about Ambien, and will try to respond promptly.

Reference Sources: ToxNet: Zolpidem
FDA: Medication Guide Ambien Tablets C-IV
DailyMed: Ambien Tablet

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12 Responses to “Ambien overdose: How much amount of Ambien to OD?
kathyanemone anemone
7:58 am December 17th, 2012

10 mg is not working for me i sleep about hours on it should i try something else or ask my dr to up my dose

8:51 pm January 4th, 2013

Hi Kathy. There are ways to manage insomnia without drugs like Ambien which develop physical dependence. You can up your dose, but it may result in another block for you further down the road. Often, lifestyle changes are required for getting good sleep. Have you consulted with a sleep doctor or are you working with a family doctor at the moment?

teresa
4:19 am February 23rd, 2013

Ok. I tried going 3 nights without sleeping (avoiding sleep during day even though I was tired) and after the 3 days and nights I could not go on. HOW do you get off of this stuff? I have been on it since it first came out and touted how safe it was. Oddly, though I’ve increased my dose to the 12.5mg, it does not seem to work as well as a 10mg and a half of a 5mg. Is it legal to prescribe this? I have been doing it on my own because the 12.5 is so expensive, the Dr. doesn’t want to prescribe it as such, and the 12.5 doesn’t work as well. All of this being said I really want to stop the use of it all together but it is a miserable process. Any suggestions? No insurance so in-hospital is not an option. Thank you for any help you can suggest to get out of this nightmare of my own making.

2:46 pm February 25th, 2013

Hi Teresa. Have you tried to taper down doses? Ask your prescribing doctor or pharmacist for a tapering schedule/calendar to help you slowly get Ambien out of your system. Never cold turkey!

ophelia
2:21 am July 18th, 2013

I just took 3 10 mg doses because well, the first didnt work, the second didn’t work, why not three? Are they all going to hit at once and then I’m done for??? I took them with a full stomach, so hoping that helps…

Alexander
12:06 am October 2nd, 2013

My mother took 300 mg of ambein should she go to the doctor ?

1:09 pm October 2nd, 2013

Hello ophelia. Thanks for your question. What’s the recommended dose? How long have you been taking Ambien?

Adarsh Sharma
4:41 pm October 10th, 2013

very informative!

Julie Luton
5:47 pm November 23rd, 2013

I took 30- 40 Ambien and the generic Zolpediem. I am just wondering if I can ever resume a normal life. I want to return to work. My sleep patterns are dictated by an amount of 400 mg Seroquel, which I was forced to take to resume sleep patterns at a local hospital. Coordination is much less than before. I have trouble with pain in joints and hope it wont get worse. I am 48 Female….and very embarrassed at what I did. Quite remorseful. Is there any hope for me?

Julie Luton
5:49 pm November 23rd, 2013

This was over 14 days ago. I will do anything to get my cognitive skills back. So ready to do what I can to resume a normal life.

12:43 pm November 25th, 2013

Hello Julie. I hope that you are feeling better. Remorse, guilt, and shame can be helpful if we’re learning to grow from our experiences. Have you consulted with a neurologist, pharmacist, or possibly even a toxicologist on your case yet? It seems like you’ll need professional medical advice for accurate answers to your questions.

Barbara
2:13 pm December 26th, 2013

My brother took 30 Ambian…he recovered within about 2 days but now he has a jerking tremmor…could this be a long term effect of the overdose?

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