Thursday April 24th 2014

Can you overdose (OD) on Ambien?

Yes. You can OD on Ambien. But it takes very high amounts of Ambien to overdose, making it difficult to take too much Ambien at once.  So what can you do to protect yourself from an accidental Ambien overdose? And how much Ambien to OD?  More here. Plus, we invite your questions about Ambien and overdose at the end.

Can you overdose on Ambien?

Yes, you can overdose on Ambien. However, it takes very high amounts of Ambien to be seriously dangerous. Since doctors normally only prescribe Ambien for very short periods of time (typically 7-10 days) it would be very difficult to obtain enough Ambien to die from an overdose. Plus, the length of time Ambien stays in the system is relatively short.  However, even in normal doses, some people can react very badly to Ambien, so it’s important to be very careful when taking this medication. Ambien abuse also increases your risk of potential overdose. In fact, you’re much more likely to overdose on Ambien if you take it ways other than prescribed. This medication should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor.

What happens when you overdose on Ambien?

Ambien overdose symptoms may include sleepiness, confusion, and difficulty breathing. Furthermore, taking Ambien to “get high” can have unpleasant side effects, including memory loss and acting out behaviors in your sleep (including driving) which can put you at risk for physical harm. The likelihood of these side effects goes up with higher doses of Ambien.

How many Ambien is too much?

The recommended daily dose of Ambien is 10 mg, once a day before bed. At 40 times that recommended dose, 400 mg, cases of non-fatal overdose have been reported. However, as little at 70 mg of Ambien at once can cause illness, including feelings of nausea, headache, and muscle pain. Still, it takes a whopping 2000 mg of Ambien to be fatal, which is 200 times higher than the normal dose. It would be very difficult to obtain enough Ambien to be fatal.

Ambien overdose help

If you’ve taken too much Ambien and start experiencing serious symptoms, including trouble breathing or irregular heartbeat, you need to get medical attention right away. Contact a doctor immediately if you think you may lose consciousness. Do not take Ambien if you know that you have a tendency to sleepwalk to act out daily activities in your sleep while on Ambien.

Overdose on Ambien questions

Do you still have questions about OD’ing on Ambien? 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 with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

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

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10 Responses to “Can you overdose (OD) on Ambien?
5:10 am October 14th, 2012

I recently ended up taking 8 Ambien. After I took my first 10mg pill, I went to bed. But I kept getting up and thinking I needed to take my meds. So, I took another. This happened all night until I had accidentally taken 80 mg. I have no memory of this. My wife counted my pills and was the one who discovered it. If you take Ambien, you will suffer from short-term memory loss. I once got dressed, drove to Walgreens at night and dropped off a Red Box movie. Again, I had no memory of this whatsoever.

10:42 am October 15th, 2012

Hi Rich. Thanks for sharing more about the dangers of dosing on Ambien. I wonder if you’ve tried a more “gentle” sleeping aid such as melatonin or even lifestyle changes such as exercise and meditation? These might help if you give them some time to work.

5:45 pm April 11th, 2013

What would happen if you take Ambien and Hydrocodone together?

1:01 pm September 28th, 2013

i take ambein to sleep can ..ambien i take 2can i get a overdose ???

1:45 pm October 2nd, 2013

Hello Mike. You should take Ambien only as prescribed. How many mg of zolpidem have you been prescribed?

10:28 am January 21st, 2014

I am up to 400 mg per night and still cannot sleep. Do I need inpatient drug treatment? How long would it take me to ramp down on that dosage? Is outpatient treatment a viable solution?

1:55 pm January 22nd, 2014

Hi Saucy. These are great questions. Both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment can work for you…but you can check out this flowchart to figure out which can be better for you: Check with your doctor about tapering doses of Ambien. Generally, it’s better to withdraw from zolpidem slowly, over the course of many weeks. S/He can set up an individualized tapering plan made just for you. Does this help?

8:27 am January 27th, 2014

I’ve been taking ambien for a year now to sleep. The weirdest is the memory loss of the last hour before bed. I can never remember what I was doing, or if I got up. There have been times I’ve gotten up and my roommates have had conversations with me in which I sound drunk. I won’t remember it until one of them tells me the next day.

12:12 pm January 27th, 2014

Hello Sam. Have you reported these symptoms to your prescribing doctor? Keep in mind that Ambien is not meant to be sued for more than 6 weeks at a time.

5:01 am March 12th, 2014

ambien will mess up ypur lifer

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