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How long does Ambien last?

Ambien sedative effects last for about 8 hours after you take the medication. But the half life of Ambien is only 1.5 hours. More on the duration of action and Ambien uses and side effects here. Plus, a section for your questions about Ambien at the end.

Ambien effects on the body and brain

Ambien prescription drug (zolpidem) is used to help relieve the symptoms of insomnia and help facilitate sleep. Ambien is a central nervous system depressant, and its effects on the body include heavy sedation. Ambien can also cause you to act out activities in your sleep, with no memory of these activities the next day. This can include very dangerous activities such as driving. Other effects of Ambien on the body include:

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • lightheadedness
  • unsteady balance
  • unusual dreams

Ambien duration of action

The half-life of Ambien is only about 1.5 hours. In fact, the main ingredient in Ambien -zolpidem – hits peak levels in the blood after only 30 minutes. This is why it’s important to take Ambien immediately before going to bed. The sedative effects of Ambien can linger for over 8 hours after taking the medication.

Ambien time in the body

After more than a day or two, it’s unlikely that Ambien will still be present in the blood. Ambien will show up on urine screens for 1-2 days, but can stay present in hair samples for 90 days or even longer.

How long do Ambien effects last

The effects of Ambien usually last 7-8 hours, which is why it should only be taken when someone is able to get a full night’s rest. If you take Ambien and don’t sleep, or get up too early the next morning, you may suffer memory problems and drowsiness.

How long does a Ambien high last

Self-reported accounts of getting high on Ambien claim that the length of an Ambien high is about 4-5 hours. However, due to the memory problems and sleepiness caused by the drug, it can be difficult to say exactly how long an Ambien high will last. In addition to increased risk of Ambien dependence, getting high on Ambien can be dangerous, because abusing zolpidem can raise the risk of serious adverse effects.

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Ambien high effects

Ambien does have a possible side effect of causing a high. But when taken to try to achieve a euphoric high or for long periods of time, Ambien can become addictive.  In self-reported examples, people have reported some of these effects from getting high on Ambien:

  • drowsiness
  • euphoria
  • relaxation
  • numbness

If you like the Ambien high and take Ambien regularly to get high, you can become addicted to Ambien. An Ambien addiction can result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, uncontrollable cravings for the drug, and compulsive use of the drug despite negative consequences.

Addicted to Ambien? There is hope! Recovery through sleeping pills addiction rehab treatment programs can restore your quality of life and help you find a manner of living that is free from all mind-altering substances. If you or a loved one are having trouble with Ambien, reach out for help. You are not alone!

How long Ambien lasts questions

Do you still have questions about the duration of action for Ambien? Are you interested in how long it takes to develop Ambien dependence vs. addiction? Please leave your questions about Ambien below. We are happy to try to answer you personally and promptly. And if we do not have the answer to your question, we will refer you to someone who can help.

Reference Sources: ToxNet: Zolpidem Tartrate
MedlinePlus: Zolpidem

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77 Responses to “How long does Ambien last?
Daniel
11:12 am January 31st, 2013

I have been taking Zolpidem for the last 10 years, 5 mg before bedtime.
I have read all the side effects but i don’t seem to have non of the listed on each web site.
I suffer from insomnia for at least 20 years.
Can you please help me to find the way to get out of Zolpidem?

9:26 am February 1st, 2013

Hi Daniel. Good for you. It can be difficult to get off Ambien. I’d suggest that you consult with your prescribing doctor and ask for a tapering calendar first. Then, you’ll really need to learn how to sleep. There are courses that you can take which involve meditation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, heart rhythm meditation or other body/mind awareness techniques. The point is that in order to sleep better, you need to learn more about the function of sleep (to process and sort out the day’s input) and to learn how to sleep well.

I hope that this helps.

Steve Frazier
12:56 am February 13th, 2013

I have been taking ambien for the past 23 years on a daily basis. If i concentrate on relaxing while the drug kicks in– i get about 4 hours sleep. i am in fear that being on this drug this long will or could harm me. as of yet it is still a God send to me and would get no sleep. It is very harmful for me to get no sleep for prolonged periods of time. i get really messed up in the head. is there something else i could take that would (flip the switch) for me? may i be a case study? i would like help but still want to sleep and be able to go to work.. what do i do???

9:06 am February 14th, 2013

Hi Steve. Sleep disorders can be learned behaviors, but sleeping problems can also be treated using lifestyle changes. Not such a quick fix as Ambien or other hypnotics, but definitely worth the investment of time. I’d suggest that you check out the work of Dr. Rubin Naiman and look into his books and CDs.

ted
4:44 pm September 25th, 2013

Took Ambien for twenty days 10mg a day. Been off of drug for six days, how long before all of the side effects goes away

11:26 am September 26th, 2013

Hello Ted. What side effects are you experiencing? It might take a couple of weeks to work out re-bound insomnia. But there are other techniques that you can use to help yourself get to sleep. Have you looked into meditation or even trying to get into bed at the SAME TIME every night?

Steve Frazier
12:45 pm September 26th, 2013

I have been on ambien for 27 years everyday! I am sure i am addicted to it. It now takes two 10 mg to flip the sleep switch for me. the only problem is now i can only get 1 ambien per night from the V.A. and that means i only sleep every other day. It is just a waste of ambien to take only one– there will be no effect for me! I am working with the doctors to get off ambien– only problem is there is nothing that will flip my switch off– to sleep mode. they say i need a psychological sludge hammer to get to sleep.. once the switch is flipped to off….. i have no problem sleeping through the night… what other drug is out there to get me to sleep besides ambien? any answers will be appreciated.
Sincerely Steve

ted
5:09 pm September 26th, 2013

staying awake all night since I came off drug. This is day 7 and I believe the insomnia is finally wearing off.

10:03 am September 27th, 2013

Hi Steve. I hear your dilemma. Going to sleep is like turning off the switch. What’s helped me go to sleep without the need for Ambien or other sleep hypnotics are a few simple tools.

1. Going to bed at the same time every night.
2. Learning to shut off thoughts that keep you awake (meditation)
3. Melatonin supplements for nights when sleep is difficult

Are you willing to make a lifestyle change?

PHIL
7:25 pm November 1st, 2013

I HAVE BEEN TAKING AMBIEN FOR ABOUT 25 YEARS – I WAKE UP NEARLY EVERY MORNING ABOUT 4 HOURS AFTER GOING TO SLEEP AND USUALLY CANNOT GO BACK TO SLEEP. I TAKE A 10 MG TABLETS AND CUT THEM INTO 21/2 MG PORTIONS. I STAY AWAKE ABOUT AN HOUR AND RETURN TO BED AND SLEEP ANOTHER 3 TO 4 HOURS. I DO THIS ABOUT 2 OR 3 TIMES A WEEK – WHEN FIRST GIVEN AMBIEN I TOOK 10 MG TABLET AND ONLY SLEPT ABOUT 3 HOURS AND COULDNT GO BACK TO SLEEP AND WAS A ZOMBIE ALL THE NEXT DAY – REDUCED THE AMOUNT TO 5 MG WITH THE SAME RESULT – I STARTED TAKING 21/2 MGS WHEN I AWAKENED AFTER 4 HOURS SLEEP WITHOUT TAKING ANY BEFORE GOING TO BED – AFTER AN HOUR OR SO I AM SLEEPY AGAIN AND BACK IN BED FOR ANOTHER 3 TO 4 HOURS WITHOUT BEING DROWSY ALL DAY. I DONT KNOW IF I AM ADDICTED BUT MY DOCTOR SAYS I AM NOT AND NEVER WILL BE!

been on ambrein 6yrs dont no how to get off
5:40 pm December 8th, 2013

Been on ambrein for six yrs trying to get off. but dont know how snd have no ins.

9:51 am December 12th, 2013

Thanks for your question. The best way to get off Ambien is to gradually taper doses with the help of a dosing calendar set up just for you by your prescribing doctor. Seek out medical advice from your doctor directly and ask for tips on how to manage insomnia symptoms after withdrawal. Be prepared for a few nights’ difficult sleep once you’re totally off Ambien, and then have a plan for how to manage difficulty sleeping via lifestyle change in the future.

Ann
11:16 pm February 9th, 2014

My husband passed away 4yrs. With congestive heart failure, after taking care of him years before he passed I lost a lot of sleep crying an worring over him and when he passed I didn’t sleep for a while so my Dr. Put me on ambien to help me sleep, my ins. Co. Is only allowing me 15 per month I tried missing a couple of nights but I had bad dreams of my husband sickness and I would on an off wake all during night with dreams like that, I would wake crying it upset me so bad, I need an alturnitive. Can you help? I want to dream of him is sweet not ones of his sickness and death. PLEASE HELP ME.

10:18 am February 13th, 2014

Hello Ann. Have you tried speaking with a psychologist? I think that you are right in questioning the use of Ambien as a sleep aid. It works as a hypnotic to relax the central nervous system, but it does not address underlying psycho-emotional issues.

The process of grieving can last for years, and with the added trauma caring for someone diagnosed with a long term illness, your situation can be difficult to pass through. I’d suggest that you speak with a licensed clinical psychologist to help you understand the process of grieving more and to get practical, real-life practices for dealing with your thoughts and emotions surrounding his passing. Meditation can help. So can physical practices such as tai chi or yoga. Acceptance is a process that we move through, and it sounds like you can use some guidance. I wish you all of the best.

Kim
8:26 pm June 23rd, 2014

I have been taking ambien on and off ( mostly on) for about 15 years. I am in the process of detoxing from klonapine for anxiety. The dr took me off ambien and put me on trazadone. I ran out early and resumed the ambien. Since then my withdrawl symptoms are extremely worse. Very bad anxiety . Could this worsening be from the ambien?
Thank You

1:01 pm June 25th, 2014

Hi Kim. When tapering off Klonapine, many people who have taken even a single pill of Ambien get similar effects. Some say it even exacerbated the problems they were having in withdrawal in the first place. Many think since it’s not a benzo, it wouldn’t harm them, but that’s so wrong! You should still talk to your doctor and have him prescribe another medication to help you in the detox process.

Kim
12:13 am June 26th, 2014

Thank you! I have an appt tomorrow. I stopped the Ambien 2 nights ago. Still having bad withdrawals but the crying has decreased.

Bonnie
1:48 pm July 31st, 2014

How long will Ambien show in your blood? I have taken ambient nightly for almost the last 2years with no problems…..I was driving one day and blacked out and don’t remember much….the police thought I was drunk or under the influence of narcotics….the police detained me all day with no medical attention and eventually they did a blood test which only showedvambien in my blood. Later that night my wife took me to the hospital with a high heart rate….I was admitted for 3 days! Eventually had an ablation to my heart to repair a vein from my heart to my brain! The police still blame the ambien !

Amy
7:59 am August 1st, 2014

What are they symptoms of withdrawal after 2 weeks of abuse ? Is there anyway to detox ?

10:36 am August 1st, 2014
Conan
10:21 pm September 8th, 2014

Do I take the ambien right when I go to bed?

9:14 am September 11th, 2014

Hello Conan. And, yes. It’s best if you take your Ambien and go to bed shortly after that. And make sure you have time for at least 8 hours of sleep, before you need to wake up the next day.

michael
8:01 am September 15th, 2014

Well thc marijuana is perfect if u wanna get off ambien. It helps ypu sleep as well. No side affets no addiction. The pther day hard scientist came out withhow marijuana is an incredible medical drug. Stops nausea. Helps anxiety makes pepple relaxed. You get sleepy so it helps people sleep. Also helps cancer patients. Helps with pain. And i also heard doctors are gonna start giving weed to the loonies scyh unit. It helps come down the voices in the head. Helps the bi polar episodes and also scientifically proven that it helps depression. Guys marijuana is the way to go. And if ur worried about the legal problems of it. Grow a pair!

Gifford
1:48 pm October 2nd, 2014

I have been taking Ambien for many years , up to 20 mg a day . I also take it because I have chronic pain and it seems to be the only thing that allows me to sleep.. I am trying to cut back slowly with natural remedies like melatonin but it doesn’t seem to help. I take 5 mg at night just before’s sleep but also take iduring today because it seems to help with my pain. Up to 20 mg a day. My doctor says just cut back to one 1.5 mg per day for a week then one week then .5 for another week and then zero for the week . I’m finding this very difficult. Melatonin and other non-prescription sleep aids have not helped me reduce the dosage. Is there other prescriptions sleep medication that I could take it that is as effective as Ambien that I could along with the Ambien to help me reduce the amount of Ambien?

3:26 pm October 2nd, 2014

Hello Gifford. NIDA recommends that you undergo withdrawal from Ambien under medical supervision because some symptoms can be too difficult to handle on your own. Especually if you’ve been using Ambien for a longer period and in bigger doses. Doctors sometimes prescribe Flumazenil to help patients in Ambien withdrawal. They may also switch you to Valium and slowly taper you off of the valium over the next few months.

Gifford
12:36 am October 3rd, 2014

Ivans
Thanks for your quick answer. Doesn’t Flumazenil have to be taken intravenously? Or is it also dispensed in pill form?

joy
3:20 pm October 20th, 2014

I have been on Ambien for 5 plus years. I have terrible colorful nightmares if I don’t take one. What to do to get unaddicted?

krista
1:17 am November 9th, 2014

Im taking 5mg of ambiem and the first night i took it. I did things in my sleep i dont remember. My roomate told me. Sould i stop taking beause that happened?

Pranay
6:53 am November 15th, 2014

Hi,
I have trouble sleeping for about last 2 years. My doctor prescribed Zofresh(5mg) (although 5 mg doesnt work well , 10mg does). I have an exam tomorrow and i need to make sure that i sleep well tonight. I have heard that zolpidem causes memory problems,like not having the memory of your activities(what you have done after taking zolpidem) the next day. My question is “DOES IS HAMPER YOUR PERMANENT MEMORY ALSO” (as in whatever i have studied or learnt in a year.
Is it OK to take a Zolpidem before exam day??

Please help!

jeanine
9:51 pm November 16th, 2014

I only took ambien cr for 5 days will it show up in a hair sample?

Tom
11:59 pm February 1st, 2015

My mother is taking 10 milligrams a day of ambien, 5 early in the day and 5 at night to get to sleep and such. She has had insomnia because she is getting off Xanax (alprazalom) and dealing with the withdrawal symptoms of that and one big one is insomnia. So now she is taking another habit / addictive drug ambien to get rest or she won’t sleep, isn’t this very dangerous??? Also, how long does it take till the body becomes dependent on it on average??? She sure don’t need to go through the withdrawal symptoms of trying to get off the ambien since she already went through that with quitting the xanax…which almost killed her I think because she had blood pressure problems already and on blood pressure meds too, she just got prescribed a calcium channel blocker as well….so how long is safe for her to use this ambien and not get hooked on it ??? Thanks.

6:18 pm February 2nd, 2015

Hello Tom. Ambien dependence (which is different than addiction) begins after a few weeks of daily dosing on Ambien. In fact, it should be used intermittently no fewer than three and no more than five pills per week for a period of 12 weeks. This is how experts recommend that DOCTORS prescribe it…check in with your pharmacist for confirmation. Best to you and your mother!

debbie
12:59 am March 31st, 2015

I’ve been taking ambien for 30 days and I’m suffering from depression ..what is the best way to stop taking it ?? I want to go to a all natural drug… Any help would be appreciated

4:52 pm March 31st, 2015

Hi Debbie. You can see your doctor for medical advise on Ambien withdrawal. Because Ambien withdrawal can be dangerous, sometimes it’s important to be monitored by a medical expert. The best way to go off is to taper doses down gradually and over the course of few weeks. It’s important to reduce your Ambien doses slowly because when the doses are being tapered, symptoms are less severe.

Lourdes
6:51 pm April 2nd, 2015

Michael, how do I go about getting weed?

Theo
12:53 am April 4th, 2015

My doctor has put me on 300mg of bupropion –two 150mg a day at breakfast. I have noticed some problems with small muscle coordination–can’t write very well. Could I take one tablet at breakfast and one at lunchtime?

10:44 am April 6th, 2015

Hi Theo. You should contact your doctor first and report the side effects you are experiencing. Then your doc will decide if your dose should be lowered and then gradually increased, or decide another course of action. Anyway, I’d advise you not to attempt anything on your own.

Jane
1:29 pm April 6th, 2015

I was on ambien for a few years. At first it was great. I fell asleep in under 20 mins and awoke refreshed and not groggy. I started with half a pill and worked up to a full pill. Finally there were times I took two pills. It got to the point I was just sleeping at the most 4hrs a night. My doctor switched me to trazadone about 6 months ago. It really has not helped much. It takes a lot longer to fall asleep and I don’t stay asleep for long. I had no problems switching the drugs and no bad side effects a lot of people have. Do you think I have been off the ambien long enough to go back to it and get the original effects again? Does it work that way or once I’ve built up a tolerance would I just have to keep taking more? I try all the healthy habits to get to sleep but I work shift work. Every four weeks I shift, from mids to afternoons to day then back to mids. There is no way I can go to bed at the same time consistently. I just get used to one shift and I change to another. I am sure this is the biggest contributor to my insomnia. I really liked the ambien but was afraid of increasing it any more. Thank you in advance.

vineeth
9:20 am April 19th, 2015

i am suffering with insomnia .. i am taking zolpidem 5mg but i didnt get full night sleep i want atleast 8 hours sleep so please suggest me any sleeping pill

Peter
8:55 pm April 24th, 2015

I stopped taking Ambien a week ago. Is it OK to drink moderate amounts of wine now?

eli
9:42 pm May 17th, 2015

just took 3, ambien(zolpidem) 5mg/ will i get high will i hallucinate ? anything that can help me hallucinat/ get higher ?

Cheryl
4:10 am June 27th, 2015

I have 5 mg of zolpidem from mid 2013…..will they still be usable or will there be no effect? I ask only because I will run out of my Rx 7 days earlier due to trying a new type (samples) of sleeping aid (6 mg silenor) this past month and after trying the 3 mg for a few days, they originally worked, then stopped. Dr upped dosage to 6 mg and sent another Rx for 7 more days but told me not to take them every day and wouldn’t write for a full month’s Rx…..so, after going back and forth between Zolpidem and Silenor, which, actually stopped working completely, put me back on Zolpidem, but as I said, I will now run out a week earlier this month….I found a bottle of Zolpidem from September 2013 in my medicine chest and was wondering if they would still help me fall asleep at night for those 7 nights as I am 66 and an insomniac. Thank you very much.

Robert
8:51 am August 15th, 2015

I have taken Ambien 10 k for about 15 straight days, toight about 9:45pm I took my 16th Ambien, it is still12:48 a.m. and it is not making me go to sleep. I do not have anything to eat before I take Ambien. Is there a consistent amount taken tat will not work for you as I my case. I was told you can take them quite often and still get to sleep.

Brenda
9:37 pm September 21st, 2015

My daughter took Ambium yesterday & was having hallucinations & today she is still seeing things like people in trees . She said she took 3 at one time. How long will the hallucinations last . It’s been two days already . Worried Mom over here , please send me some answerers as soon as possible . Thank you !!

Sue
2:51 am January 12th, 2016

Ambien 10mg. Two drinks slowly and very cold weather if the person is walking what can happen with three things

Wayne
2:35 am January 13th, 2016

1/12/16 My doc had me on 20mg/day of Ambien for ten years and then had me stop cold turkey off of it last May.
I have not had a decent night sleep since. 3-5 hours a night is typical. I am not able to nap during the day. I have tried every OTC sleep available since and nothing has worked. A sleep clinic has not helped either. I was never told how bad this stuff was. If you are on Ambien , get off before it ruins your life.

Lee
11:51 pm January 21st, 2016

I have been taking ambien/generic for about 5 years. I tried time release for awhile, but it was not helpful. I have gone from 10mg to 5mg recently and then to nothing these past three days. I have had chronic insomnia for many years. Frankly, even with the ambien, I slept only 4 to 6 hours at a stretch. I am experiencing some withdrawal symptoms such as restless nights with sporadic sleep. I have been taking 1/2 tab of muscle relaxant to help getting to sleep as I wean myself off of the ambien. I fall asleep for about 2 hours and continue that pattern throughtout the night. I am hopeful that I will return to my usual sleep pattern of 4 to 6 hours soon. The only good thing about ambien is that it helped me fall asleep quickly. I experience chronic pain throughout the day and night and this is the main reason for my insomnia. At 72 years of age, I don’t see an end to my chronic insomnia. Since, Ambien is becoming a controlled drug, it is not worth the trouble to get it. My husband and son might miss, however, the often humorous conversations that I have had with them, which I cannot remember the next day.

harry
5:25 am January 29th, 2016

I take Ambien 5mg I have a problem sleeping my Wife died and lost my job I am seeing psychologist, my doctor gave me the prescription for Ambien but I only can sleep for 3 hours a night I use to sleep very well now I have a hard time during the day to function meaning I can’t remember things what is wrong with me can someone help me I never had this problem I started a new job and it is very hard for me to remember things because of this I hope I don’t loose this job

Stan
8:55 pm February 10th, 2016

Can I have a drink at dinner st 7pm and take 5 mg ambien at midnight without a problem in the morning? Or just what should the spacing be between the two drugs alcohol and Ambien?

Vicki
5:41 pm March 9th, 2016

I have bee on Ambien every night for the last year. I have such sever arthritis that it seems to be the only thing that allows me any sleep. I still wake up in the night but I just readjust my body to relieve the pain and then go right to sleep. However it leaves me pretty tired throughout the day. Any other suggestion to help me sleep through the pain?

Chris
5:58 am April 3rd, 2016

I used to take zolpidem 10mg years ago, I’ve been having hard times falling asleep. I still have some left but it says discard after 1/28/2012… Can I still take these? Or would that be a bad idea?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:35 pm April 7th, 2016

Hi Chris. Please don’t use medication after the expiration date.

amy
6:45 am August 11th, 2016

I have bee o Ambien for eight years,is there anything I can do to get off of it easier?

Sharon
7:54 pm August 17th, 2016

When taken as directed 10mg of ambien. What would the results of 73ng/ml indicate in a drug test with testing limit at 15ng/ml. Is that a normal amount to be found in a blood test?

Turkessa
9:42 am November 19th, 2016

I took zolpidem 10mg at 9pm and at 1am I was back up what can I do

Darel
4:55 pm December 10th, 2016

I have been on 10 mg ambien for 20 years, I recently had them drop me down to 5 mg so I can get off of them, but I cant sleep without a sleep aide, the 5 mg dont let me get to sleep so I find myself taking two so I can sleep, im going back to the tens but I reallt want off of them because im having short term memory loss, do I change to something else or just keep ambien ?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:33 pm December 22nd, 2016

Hi Darel. I suggest that you consult with your doctor. Also you may try with alternative methods for sleep disturbances.

Amy
3:05 am December 24th, 2016

4.5 hours ago I took 10 mg of Ambien. Still wasn’t sleepy, so I took 10mg more. Slept 1.5 hours. Just took 10mg more. Feeling high. But I can’t sleep. Using medical marijuana as well. How much more Ambien can I take to sleep?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:06 pm December 27th, 2016

Hi Amy. I suggest that you consult with your doctor about your issues.

Wendy
2:41 pm January 26th, 2017

I have been in stilnox (Australian version) since 1997 after a family tragedy. I was diagnosed with depression due to the tragedy and the fact i was pregnant for the first time
Fast forward 12 months and a bigger tragedy takes place again whilst I’m pregnant.
I have a gp who prescribed 40 tablets with 5 repeats. I cannot sleep without taking 2 tablets a night. My bedroom is cool and dark. I wear earplugs nightly since 1997 due to a snoring husband. My kids aged 17 and 19 tell me whatni did while on dozy pills.
I am just recovering from surgery and feel i need a little nap in the arvo. but can’t without the stilnox.
I am on anout 5 other antidepressants but this is the one that worrirs me

Sandra
6:01 pm January 29th, 2017

I have a friend that has been on Ambien for over 20 years,her daughter told the doctors to take her off it and they haven’t,she drinks everyday too.She is 82 years old.

Bob
7:24 pm February 6th, 2017

In withdrawal from ambien, from 1.5 10 mg/day..on third night, taking 1/2. Insomnia for two nights. Going to work today, Monday. Will drink more herbal tea, warm milk good? How long do I detox at 1/2, then cut off totally? You can’t die from lack of sleep, right? Hope you have some good news.

michelle
3:27 am February 22nd, 2017

My husband accidently took the 10 ambien thinking it was his morning medication. That was at 6am this morning he has been very foggy off balanced and moody wanting to go do things but I could tell he wasn’t right. I didn’t know he took wrong medicine til now and he seems to be little better it’s 830 pm now. He has seizures any way but he hasn’t had any today

Stephanie
9:24 am March 1st, 2017

My mom becomes a different person on ambien. She is usually a sweet caring person but on ambien she becomes mean and sometimes verbally cruel. My sisters and I have all tried to talk her into taking another sleeping medication because she is definitely addicted to the ambien but she won’t listen. She even said that if we ever went to her doctor about the addiction she would just go to another to get more. As of right now I have to sleep with the ambien in my pillow case in order to keep her from taking too much and overdosing. I’m scared she is going to hurt herself or someone else one day. It’s normal for her to go through a whole bottle in just 3 or 4 days. Any advice on how I can help her? How can I convince her that she has a problem?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:56 pm March 2nd, 2017

Hi Stephanie. First, I suggest that you call the number on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find suitable solutions for your mother. Then, take a look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/
Finally, you may consider check out some rehab options for your mother. So, download our free e-book The Definitive Guide to Rehab that can help you choose the right rehab for her: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-rehab/

Bernadette
10:18 pm March 4th, 2017

Help.63 years old.ambien for years,even for stomach ache( I have gastroparesis and gasteroligist gave me 2 10s a day. Now I must stop. Pain in belly inevitable. Go to er ? Have stopped before but intense gut pain always brought me back. Really scared. Off all narcotics and alcohol this will be it. Help me explain what needed in er at key west.id die before getting to Miami. Broke feme in 7 places..orthopedist thought ambien fabulous drug. I’ve gone off, incredible gut pain,and on.now way too much. Wean or cold gut pain,,I’m so scared

Judiclaire
9:53 am March 13th, 2017

I wake exactly 2 hours after taking 5 msg of Ambien ( zolpidem in the UK) every nigh . I top up with another dose, sleep 2 more hours & so on, throughout the night.
This is v unsatisfactory. Is there another course I should take?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:45 pm March 13th, 2017

Hi Judiclaire. I suggest that you speak with your doctor about Ambien dosage.

Paula
3:38 am March 19th, 2017

request:
I only like it for my frequent major headaches from smoke, pollution, and major sinus problems. I haven’t had a problem with the 5 or 10/30, dosages. i didn’t think there was a er just a CR on the medication. is there samples that i could have sent to my box in Merritt island, Florida please. i was wondering if they are different from the ones at store pharmacies…. Thank you.

Sheryl
10:06 pm March 28th, 2017

I took Ambien ER 6.25 MG 4 days ago and still feel lightheaded. I did have wine 6 hours before I took the ambian and have had a glass of wine each day since. Has this exacerbated the effect of the Ambien after 4 days?

Sheila
12:56 am April 8th, 2017

How long do the side effects of Ambien last? I took one tablet of 10 mg three days ago and I still feel dizzy and nauseous. I had no doctor’s prescription.

Lynn
1:11 pm April 14th, 2017

Is it possible that Ambien can mildly elevated my calcium blood levels?

cody
5:31 am April 15th, 2017

How long after taking 2.5 mg dose half of a 5 mg pill of Ambien would it take to show up in specific to Ambien Blood Test ? Or would it even show up ?

Sheryl
4:10 am April 20th, 2017

I took ambien ER and felt dizzy for 2 days afterward when lying down and getting up. I did have wine 6 hours before the first pill and the next night I had a glass of wine because I wasn’t going to take the ambien. Was dizzy again lying down and waking up in the morning. I won’t take this any more. I only get 3 hours from amy dosage of ambien s it isn’t worth t for me.
My doctor doesn’t like prescribing it.

11:24 am April 20th, 2017

Hi Sheryl. Ambien is really a short-term solution – should only be used for 1 to 2 weeks TOPS. Otherwise, many risk getting addicted with continued use, and many do get ‘hooked’ for a long time. Have you tried taking melatonin? You can ask your doctor and/or pharmacist to get a professional’s opinion. But, I believe it could help you every-now-and-then to have a few nights of restful sleep.

Terry
8:37 pm June 7th, 2017

Is two 5mg at night the same as one 10mg?

Mike
11:11 am June 14th, 2017

I guess it varies, but I never slept more than 3 consecutive hours with it. I’m sure there are things out there that really work, they just won’t prescribe them. All there liberals are so intent on saving us from ourselves it’s disgusting. Like pain meds: opiates DO WORK, but no, they’re too good for us. So now we get opioids. Except now, they’re too good for us also, so they don’t want to prescribe those, either. They actually told me to use aspirin. ASPIRIN. My god, what is all this supposedly great medical care good for? THe FDA can take a flying F as far as I’m concerned. I’m 60, so if getting addicted is the price of pain relief, i say “so be it”. God damn socialsist running the country, and they wonder why people go to other countries and smuggle in things that they need?

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