Detox from Ambien
Have you been taking Ambien to fall to sleep for a while? Are you ready to learn how to stop Ambien to get to sleep? If so, you may want to go through a process called detox as you withdraw from Ambien. Here, we review common detox practices, how long Ambien withdrawal lasts and whether or not you should detox from Ambien at home. Then, we invite your questions about detox from Ambien at the end.
Detox from Ambien symptoms
There are quite a few symptoms that may come up for you as you are detoxing from Ambien. Severe detox from Ambien symptoms can include: memory loss, hallucinations, and confusion. In these states, it can be dangerous if you are not being monitored. While severe symptoms do not occur in every case of withdrawal from Ambien, it is best that you ALWAYS SEEK MEDICAL SUPERVISION WHEN DETOXING FROM AMBIEN. Other detox from Ambien symptoms include but are not limited to the following:
- abdominal cramps
- exacerbated insomnia
- mood changes
Detox from Ambien at home?
If you have decided to detox from Ambien, FIRST SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE. In fact, because of the risk of seizures and depressed heart rate you shouldn’t detox from Ambien on your own. Ambien is a central nervous system depressant and act on your body like alcohol, making it dangerous to develop and withdraw from chemical dependence. So if you are planning to detox, do it under the care of a physician.
On the other hand, you can prep for detox at home and slowly reduce medication dosage over time. Be in contact with a clinician as you are approaching detox. This way, medical staff can figure out any medications you may need and assess medical and psychological health before detox. Finally, you can prepare for Ambien detox at home by preparing close friends and family on the process and your potential needs.
Detoxing from Ambien time
If you want to detox from Ambien, NEVER suddenly stop taking Ambien or go cold turkey. You may think that you will speed up Ambien detox time. Instead, you can provoke severe withdrawal symptoms. So how long will detox last?
You generally have the option of different Ambien tapering timelines to reduce levels of zolpidem in the body either slowly or more rapidly. In fact, you can taper zolpidem doses down from a period of 6 weeks to 6 months. Finally, once Ambien is out of your system, detox clinics provide 24, 48, 72 hours detox processes where you are being monitored and observed full time and given necessary replacement therapies such as Klonopin or Busprione to treat detox symptoms.
Ambien detox treatment
Detox is a treatment designed to rid the body of zolpidem, the main ingredient in Ambien, that affects the central nervous system. Detox helps your body regain normalcy and restore the chemical balance in your brain. So how do clinicians treat Ambien dependence? What medications are used?
Before the actual detox you will meet with a doctor to set up a schedule. The time frame for Ambien detox will includes assessments and anaylzing whether or not you are a good candidate for detox. During assessment, clinicians also set up parameters to help address possible Ambien addiction after you have completed detox. They may then decrease your doses for a couple of weeks to help prep for detox and compensate for withdrawal symptoms. There are several ways that clinicians treat Ambien withdrawal, which include:
1. Medically managed detox: This is an impatient process during which you are monitored and treated for acute Ambien withdrawal symptoms.
2. Social support: When going through detox, social support such as relapse prevention or groups or behavioral therapies help promote continued maintenance away from Ambien link you with the proper after care.
3. Medically supervised outpatient: Monitored tapering of Ambien under the supervision of a medical professional.
a. Preparation: You will be assessed on medical and mental health so that detox is specifically tailored to you. Appropriate medical and behavioral therapies are then incorporated into treatment.
b. Detox schedule: Doctor usually suggest three different options for detox from Ambien. A reduction of doses over a period of 6 weeks. A reduction over the course of 6 months and then a replacement medication using diazepam.
Because Ambien is a hypnotic-sedative, detox can at time be tricky. Ambien stays in the system and can trigger withdrawal symptoms long after detox has been completed. For this reason, Ambien withdrawal symptoms will still need to be addressed during and after withdrawal. You will need to see your prescribing doctor multiple times as you detox from Ambien.
Clinicians also recommend other therapies once the physical detox has been completed. They will refer you to relapse prevention techniques, support groups, or treatmentfacilities. It is important that once detox is complete, relapse is likely to occur in the first couple of hours and weeks afterwards. Clinicians may provide care and support as well as relapse prevention support to help for when detox is complete to help maintain abstinence. This will take about 3 to 4 weeks. Replacement medications and/or longer acting benzodiazepines can addressagitation and anxiety that arises with detox.
Detox Ambien questions
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