Ambien withdrawal treatment: How to treat Ambien withdrawal
While Ambien (zolpidem) is prescribed to treat short term insomnia, Ambien is not meant to be used over an extended period of time. Why? Mainly because how Ambien works in the brain is known to be habit forming and can induce serious withdrawal side effects upon cessation of use. In fact, Ambien is classified as a sedative-hypnotic and is known to cause physical dependence after a few weeks of daily dosing.
Withdrawal is an unpleasant experience and depending on the severity of past use, can be potentially dangerous. Still, there are clinically approved ways to treat Ambien withdrawal symptoms once you’ve become dependent on Ambien. So, what are the most common detox from Ambien symptoms. What are the best ways to treat Ambien withdrawal? We answer these questions here. Then, we invite any remaining question(s) you may have in the comments section below.
Effects of withdrawal from Ambien
Effects of withdrawal include two subsets of symptoms: physical and mental/emotional. Physical withdrawal from Ambien can trigger the resurgence of insomnia and may cause more physical problems and frustration. And treating Ambien withdrawal can drain you mentally, triggering anxiety or panic as you find time to regulate your normal body function. The process of withdrawal from Ambien can be exhausting.
Withdrawal from Ambien symptoms
There are several symptoms which may come up during withdrawal from Ambien. Severe cases of withdrawal can include memory loss, hallucinations, and confusion. These symptoms can be dangerous and you may want to be monitored if you have been using high doses of zolpidem, or have been taking Ambien for months or years at a time. Other symptoms of withdrawal can include but are not limited to the following:
- abdominal cramps
- exacerbated insomnia
- mood changes
- panic attacks
How to treat Ambien withdrawal symptoms
There are many options out there for detox and ways of coping with withdrawal symptoms. Options can range from inpatient to outpatient monitoring. Because Ambien withdrawal can be dangerous, sometimes it’s important to be monitored by a medical expert.
First, you can talk to your prescribing doctor to help you treat your symptoms. S/He can look for alternative ways to treat insomnia while you are withdrawing from Ambien. They can also prescribed medications that treat withdrawal symptoms. Also, understanding your past medical health will play into treating Ambien withdrawal symptoms and will impact the effectiveness of recovery. Looking at insomnia and the reason insomnia may be impacting it and addressing this concern specifically while you are withdrawing can helpful in treating your withdrawal process from Ambien. So keep in direct communication with your doctor to figure out a withdrawal plan together.
Next, finding time and a support system to help while you withdrawal will impact withdrawal positively. Talking to someone close to you or a member of a support group when you’re craving Ambien can be helpful in treating psychological symptoms. Sometimes there are remedies lying around your house that can help minimize the effects of withdrawal. For example, teas and natural sleeping aids like melatonin can be purchased over-the-counter.
Best way to withdraw from Ambien
The best way to withdraw from Ambien is have your Ambien doses slowly reduced over time to compensate for withdrawal symptoms. It’s important to reduce your Ambien doses slowly because when the doses are being tapered, symptoms are less severe.
While you are slowly decreasing you doses treat any withdrawal symptoms that may arise. This biggest one being insomnia. Look for alternative ways to help with your sleep cycles. Sometime insomnia is a symptom of something else. Maybe you need to decrease levels of stress in your life to help you sleep. Maybe something psychological is impacting your ability to sleep. Seeking talk therapy during this process may also help you withdrawal from Ambien.
Ambien withdrawal treatment questions
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Reference Sources: NCBI Zolpidem induced sleep walking
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