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How much Ambien is too much?

Zolpidem, the main ingredient in Ambien is not meant for Ambien long term use.  But how much Ambien can you take daily? And how much Ambien is too much Ambien? In this article, we’ll look more into how much Ambien is too much. And we invite your questions about Ambien at the end.

Guidelines for taking Ambien

The recommended daily dose of Ambien is 10 mg, once a day before bed. You should not take more than this, as an addition Ambien or two can cause adverse side effects. And taking as little as 70 mg at once has caused significant health problems. But it takes almost 40 times prescription doses of Ambien to cause overdose.

Ambien strengths

Ambien is a sleeping medication used to treat insomnia and other related disorders. Ambien is available as both an immediate release and extended release tablet. Ambien comes in 5mg and 10 mg strength tablets.

How much Ambien is safe?

It’s hard to overdose on Ambien, but it is possible. The recommended daily dose is 10 mg, once a day before bed. As little at 70 mg of Ambien at once can cause health problems. One or even two extra Ambien is probably safe in a healthy adult, but because of the adverse side effects of this medication, it’s not advisable. At 40 times that recommended dose, 400 mg, cases of non-fatal overdose have been reported.  Death from Ambien has occurred at 2000 mg doses.

Note here that you can develop a tolerance to Ambien and eventual dependence or addiction, but doctors usually don’t prescribe Ambien for more than a few weeks due to its habit-forming properties.  Taking Ambien other than prescribed increases risk of addiction as well as dangerous side effects.  For example,  snorting Ambien side effects can include blurred vision, vomiting or even a coma.

How much Ambien can you take at once?

Only 10 mg of Ambien should be taken in the evenings. If the dose of Ambien is a controlled release version, you shouldn’t crush or chew the pills, because this action releases the medication too quickly. And you should also take Ambien only as needed for medical reasons. Taking Ambien to “get high” can have unpleasant side effects like memory loss and acting out behaviors in your sleep (including driving) which can put you at risk for physical harm.

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How much Ambien to overdose?

You’ll probably experience an overdose on Ambien if you take between 400-600 mg of Ambien. The exact amount varies from person to person. Again, even little as 7 times the normal dose can make you sick, although an Ambien overdose probably won’t do any permanent damage.

Toxic levels of Ambien in the system

You can overdose on Ambien by taking with immediate release or controlled release Ambien orally. But it’s much easier to overdose on Ambien by taking it in ways other than prescribed. Taking more Ambien than prescribed, more frequently that prescribed can cause problems with Ambien. Furthermore, crushing the Ambien and snorting it, or dissolving it in water and injecting it, increases your risk of overdose.

How much Ambien is fatal?

The reported fatal dose of Ambien is a whopping 2000 mg, 200 times higher than the normal dose. Since doctors normally only prescribe this medication for 7-10 days, it would be very difficult to obtain enough Ambien for a fatal dose. Instead, you’re more likely to make yourself seriously ill by abusing the medication.

How much Ambien should I take?

You should take the amount of Ambien prescribed to you by your doctor. Never take more than recommended by a medical professional, and only take this oral medication as directed.

Too much Ambien questions

Do you still have questions about taking too much Ambien? Please leave your questions here. We are happy to try to help you answer any question about Ambien, or refer you to someone who can. Your experiences with Ambien are also welcomed.

Reference sources: ToxNet: Zolpidem
FDA: Medication Guide Ambien Tablets C-IV

DailyMed: Ambien Tablet

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117 Responses to “How much Ambien is too much?
6:35 pm July 3rd, 2012

Thank you so much for this blog. I find your information very helpful and deeply appreciate it.

I have serious depression which makes me want to sleep all the time which, in turn, causes me to take massive amounts of Ambien throughout the day to try and sleep all the time. I’ve also developed greater tolerance which also makes me take more.

My psychiatrist has given me Paxil for depression, but I’m still taking all the Ambien.

If you can help me with advice on how to break this cycle, I would be extremely grateful.

Thank you and God Bless

8:45 pm July 3rd, 2012

Hi Mike. Yes, it must be difficult to deal with the co-occurring disorders of depression and possible addiction. I’d suggest that you seek help with an addiction treatment center that specializes in treating both. At its root, depression is a lack of energy, but you will need to look into both behavioral as well as cognitive ways to re-energize yourself. And you cannot start this process until the Ambien is under control. Does your doctor know that you take Ambien throughout the day?

6:32 pm November 13th, 2012

Hello everyone. I have been taking ambien for about 2 years now just for the fun of it and have always used my doctor’s prescriptions. I’m worried that perhaps I have caused damage to my liver; as I know how damaging acetaminophen can be to the liver. I have never taken ambien for longer than a month at a time and never exceeded more than 30 mg in one day. And then I would taper off a bit, maybe take 10 or 5 mg the next day. I’ll go months without using it all, so I’m wondering: Do I have any reason to worry?

11:46 am November 15th, 2012

Hi Eman. If you want to check the function of your liver, common tests that are used to evaluate how well the liver is working (liver function) include:

Alpha-1 antitrypsin
Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT)
Prothrombin time
Serum bilirubin
Urine bilirubin

Check in with your family doctor to request testing, and seek a referral to a specialist, if necessary. Good luck!

R. Moore
10:28 am November 28th, 2012

Does the weight of the patient factor in to dosage,ie. a 250 lb man v/s a 100 lb woman

1:59 pm November 29th, 2012

Hello R. Moore. Thanks for your question, but I think that this would be best answered by a pharmacist. You can call or walk in to a local pharmacy for a qualified medical answer.

1:11 am January 21st, 2013

After a certain amount of ambien, the subreceptors are full. When you take on extra ambien, they can’t bind-nowhere to bind. Can anyone tell the the actual number of ambien it takes to max out the effect?

2:00 pm January 22nd, 2013

Hi Tom. I think that a pharmacist can answer your question. It’s rather technical and would be best suited for this type of medical professional.

Chris Berrier
2:01 am February 13th, 2013

I have been using and getting my 10mg ambien for yrs. off the same doc. so doctors will RX it more offen if needed, trust me. 300mg or 30 10mg pills a month along w/3mgs lunesta which is even better and if u take 6-9mgs or 2-3pills and fight the tiredness like u do ambien the relaxation of the meds are wonderful and provide a great nights sleep when ur ready to crash out! I get 30 3mg Lunesta as well as my Ambien so I can pretty much use what I want in moderation but if the doc. thinks u need it longer, theres a good chance that ur doctor will hook u up w/ more or maybe go from the 5mg to the 10mgs and the Lunesta comes in 1mg,2mg and 3mgs and at first they were so stong I had to cut them in half w/my pill cutter and only take 1.5mg Lunesta and maybe 5-10mg’s of Ambien. Great sleep but does build tolerance quickly so be carfull of what ur taking and research all meds ur about to use b4 taking even 1tab/pill! This is just for ur own safty. As far as the maxed out effect, after 80mgs of ambien, I couldn’t feel the other 2 at all so under 100mgs is ok IMO only once u have established some sort of tolerance. Out of the 100mg’s I used one night, I injected 6, ate 2 and snorted 2. Great sleepy, out of it buzz but worth it once a mo. or so as to now get hooked on these things! I’ve had 3 friends go to rehab due to the fact that they were taking up to 6-10 10mg pills everyday and during the day! No good, max during the day for me is 10mgs mixed w/ some Klonopin and 1-2mg’s lunesta which is a newer bomb ass sleepin med fosho but no generic so very expensive. Get free 7day sample at and ask ur doc. to RX it to ur RX and ur set for the week! Enjoy and hope this helps a bit. Also remember that this is for info purposes only and in no way am I a doc. but I’m a CMA and know a lot about these diff. medications and many more! Peace out guys and be carfull out there! CAB-

Bert Bell
2:10 pm February 23rd, 2013

If I take sublingual Ambien 10 mg every night for 10 days and stop, how many days must I remain off it before it is safe to use it again?

Thank you,

Bert Bell

Gilbert Munoz
2:32 pm June 17th, 2013

Hi, I have a question about ambien usage. I started taking 10 mg of ambien once a day. Then 2 a day. Now I am up to 4 a day (10mg). My concern is that if taking 40 mg a day can cause liver or kidney damage? I have been taking 40 mg for about a year, 2 in the morning and 2 at about 2 o’clock in the afternoon. I do alright with 40mg. My main concern is liver or kidney damage?

Gilbert Munoz

11:57 am July 5th, 2013

Hello Gilbert. Are you taking Ambien as prescribed? I’d suggest that you consult with a pharmacist via phone or walk in consultation to learn more.

8:00 pm July 8th, 2013

I’ve only been taking ambien for a few weeks and my vision is getting blurry, so I have stopped taking it. Has anyone have this same problem and if so does it clear up and if so how long does it take?

8:04 am November 10th, 2013

My friend literally right in front of me took 2 10mg ambiens and then about thirty minutes later she took 4 more..all orally.. She keeps convincing me that this is okay. She starting acting really crazy when she took the first two i actually recorded it.. She calm now laying down but who is to say that she will wake up in the morning. She has been perscribed this medication for about a year now. She don’t want to go to the hospital.. Im pretty scarf and

3:22 pm November 12th, 2013

Hello cbright. You can call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Sorry that this response is a few days after the event.

massoud darbandsari
1:03 am February 13th, 2014

first of all tanx for your blog ,
i m 28 years old , 178 cm , 80 kg boy,
i start using zolpidem by 10mg per night , from 10 years ago , non stop,
but thease days (for about 6-7 mounths) i’m takin it 800 – 900 mg in 24 hours ( a day)
i take 20 before dinner and after 4-5 hours i woke up and eat 20 more , and during the day every 3 hours i eat 3 of them , if i dont do that i cant sleep well and during the days i’m so disturbed.
i wanna know if i need to go to the hospital for treatment or i can decrease it by myself in home?
or is it dangerous to leave it completely?
if i shoud go to hospital how much time i should be there ? and is it safe?
at the end , thank you , and i’m really look forward to hearing from you.

11:32 am February 13th, 2014

Hello Massoud. You’ve probably developed a very high tolerance to zolpidem. Yes, I’d suggest that you seek professional medical advice. It may be possible or you to taper down the dose at home under medical supervision. But in addition to lowering your doses, you’ll need some help in coming up with alternatives for sleep. Have you been through a trauma which makes it very difficult for you to fall or stay asleep? Psychotherapy, meditation, or daily exercise can also help you manage insomnia.

massoud darbandsari
3:29 pm February 14th, 2014

hello again ,
tanx for your advices , i found a doc and start lowering the doses , and he asked me the same question as yours , i do not remember being through a trauma, but i always had some difficulty with sleeping ,

cheryk brill
1:31 am May 26th, 2014

i have been taking every night for the last 5 or 6 years. i would like to quit but it seems to hard and too scary to stop. i have really bad dreans at night and this drug doesnt make me dream. any ideas on how to stop. thanks cheryl

7:40 am May 27th, 2014

Hello cheryl. Thanks for your question. The short answer is: you can taper down your doses of Ambien with medical supervision. However, you’ll need a back up plan to address insomnia, because re-bound insomnia can occur during withdrawal. You can check out more on how to withdraw from Ambien here:

5:31 am June 1st, 2014

My friend took 250mg zolpidem for suicide but failed now she has lost her memory. Is it possible that only 250mg zolpidem causes memory loss or she is acting? I m confused..

Larry Dietrich
3:23 pm June 21st, 2014

I take one Ambien at 11:00 pm. and then another at 3:00 am..
Is this too much?
I can’t sleep the whole night on taking only one.
Ambien strength is 10 mg.

12:53 am August 4th, 2014

my dr recently told me that the fda won’t let them rx more than 5mg. did she lie intentionally! or is it true?

9:52 am August 4th, 2014
12:06 pm August 26th, 2014

zolpidem or ambien as it is more commonly known as , is said to have side effects which include memory problems. The amount of dosage taken by your friend is too much and must have required medical attention. Did the doctors who treated him/her tell you about the condition ??? Complete memory loss is not possible according to me. You can check online regarding your issue and i am sure you will find a satisfactory answer.

5:49 am September 1st, 2014

I have been taking ambien for years ( 4 to 5). I have stopped taking it 2 -3 times before. Then start again cause I can’t sleep. I stop taking it 3 days ago. I had 1 bad hallucination, have stomach cramps and naseau. I don’t want to go back on it anymore. What can u do to help me sleep and stop medication when I’ve taken it this long? Can my memory damage be cured?

8:13 pm September 1st, 2014

I have been taking 10mg zilpidem (generic for ambient) for at least 10 years. I toss n turn hrs b4 falling asleep. One I do fall asleep will sleep 4-5 hrs. Thinking about doubling dose. Is this safe

6:48 pm September 22nd, 2014

hi, got perscribed these after wisdom teeth extration. my parents gave me 4 at time so naturally i took around that muh then noticed lable…i halluicinated, thot people wer in my room accidentally took more and more for this bad altered state. i woke hours later with terrible cold sweat and muscle pains. i dont know how much i took. couldn’t remember, now almost a week later i still get muscle pains sometimes. i cant tell if the pains are from that or jhe surgery. do i have anything to be worried about? i do have a check up wit dr tommorrow so ill ask. sorry for grammar typed on my playstation. thanks

1:19 pm September 25th, 2014

Hi Sam. It’s a good idea to seek a doctor’s opinion and advise. Please, let us know how it goes.

4:17 am September 28th, 2014

Can I take two 5mg Zolpidem so I can sleep

5:39 am October 14th, 2014

I have been on ambien for about a year, starting out on the 5mg dose and quiickly was changed to the 10. I have been trying to get my sleep habits in line with that of a normal 40 year old. It just feels more comfortable to sleep for short periods of time during daylight hours. Laundry, cooking , cleaning all happen at night. For a while, dating the Ambien at 10 PM worked quite well. Now to even feel grogy I ned to take two.

8:10 am November 2nd, 2014

If anyone is taking, ergo prescribed, enough Ambien to be taking 3-30 pills a day, shouldn’t the doctor be the one to be looked at by the AMA. If you’re buying them off the street, then you’re a fool. They’re great for helping (causing) you to fall asleep. Call me crazy, 10mg at bedtime has worked for me for months, and trust me I am well versed in narcotic addiction from my past. I just don’t think it offers that much of a high, especially after a couple of weeks, but it stills helps me fall asleep.

I have never dreamed of taking any during the day. Granted, I take 2.5mg Xanax daily. One in the morning, 1/2 in the middle of the day, and one at night, not bedtime. Almost as a prep to go to bed in a couple of hours when I take the Ambien. Why am I reading about people taking so many and why haven’t I read one comment that sounded alarmed by the claims of those who are taking 20-40 a day.

11:52 am November 27th, 2014

Iv been taking ambient for a while following near death experience im in constant pain and ambien is my only release without it I’m nervous scared and can’t live a normal life any suggestions would help me I’m really struggling thank

Icy Winters
12:12 am November 30th, 2014

I had taken 100 mg ambien because I had gone to the ER because of panic attacks. Was sent home nothing was given to treat the panic attacks so still panicky I began to self medicate with ambien. Blacked out. Took eight more ambien, 1200 mg topamax, 300 mg meclizine, and a half quart Amoretto. I was found wandering around town unsteady on my feet. Someone saw me stumbling around and called 911. I was discharged the second time that day and regained consciousness in a town four hours away. I blacked out again and woke up in another ER that apparently discharged me to a mental health facility. I woke up in a stripped room (no curtains no bed linens) and under constant observation. I had no memory of how I had ended up there. However was treated like I was functionally incapable. I still can’t remember how I got there or what made the person who did my intake think I had low mental capacity. I suffer from panic attacks. I do not suffer from depression, manic depression, schizophrenia or autism.

8:06 pm November 30th, 2014

I know I lake too much I just wast to stop. How do I do this?

3:26 pm December 9th, 2014

Hi Carole. The bast way to eventually stop Ambien is to gradually lower the dose you are currently taking. This way you can minimize the discomfort from the withdrawal and experience less severe symptoms. Your doctor can help you create a tapering schedule that fits your needs best, and also give you other medicines to assist the withdrawal process.

8:50 pm January 22nd, 2015

can ambien cause something if you are taking other medicine such trazadone and herbal supplements melatonin

4:57 am January 23rd, 2015

I have been taking halcion – 2 pills nightly of .25 mg. Due to insurance reasons, they will only pay for 15 pills a month….so the doctor gave me ambien – 5 mg. I have not been sleeping at all since I’ve been taking them…..what do I do now?

5:49 am March 14th, 2015

Can I take 2 ambiens at night?

12:44 pm March 16th, 2015

Hi Matthew. It’s not recommended. If the medication has stopped working for you, you should see your doctor again. Taking more meds than prescribed (more frequently or larger doses) is considered abuse and can lead to many risky and dangerous results.

5:42 pm April 14th, 2015

I take ant depression drugs, will mixing with 60mg zolpidem swallow cause damage. if so like what?

Roger Alien
2:09 pm April 16th, 2015

I take 4×7.5mg Vicodin daily for scoliosis, I take 300mg Effexxor daily (the first anti-depressant that actually worked, I highly recommend anyone under a psychiatrist’s care along with psychologist to ask him/her about Effexxor. I take 250mg Lamictal for mood stability, I take 4 different HIV meds, I take 10mg and on the rare occasion 20mg of Ambien for about a year now. I’m probably missing something but suffice it to say I think I made my point. Ambien is not a sleeping pill like Seconal. It’s purpose is to help you ease into a sleep, not keep you asleep. Your body should take over for that purpose. I also have Hep C and recently underwent 12 weeks of treatment. Oh, and 2.5 mg of Xanax daily. Nothing caused any liver damage as my liver was monitored monthly. I had slight cirrhosis but this was already there when I first diagnosed, and probably because I didn’t diagnose for what I believe were at least 20 years of a lot of drinking and illicit drug use (IV), actually how I contracted Hep C. My point, don’t take more than the doctor orders and if you need to get high, and I understand that feeling although I’ve conquered it but for one thing, smoke pot. It’s been referred to erroneously as the Gateway drug. I refer to it as the go to drug. It was not, by far, the first mind altering drug I took but it’s the one I always feel back on during my Narcotic, Cocaine and Meth addictions. It’s the only thing I know, and enjoy, that does not build up a tolerance and has a definite pleasant mind altering experience. Peyote or magic mushrooms also. Trust me, and I’m not being flippant, the Native American’s were on to something. It’s only in my opinion, but a lot of these comments, some even admit, sound like the goal is to get high, not just a good night’s rest.

Let me add, are your respective doctors informing you that Ambien is to be taken approximate 30-60 minutes before you are ready to retire for the evening in a dark, quiet room…NO TV. If you do otherwise, you are keeping you brain activity too stimulated for Ambien to have it’s intended effect. I sleep for 5-6 hours that way (good sleep for an almost 60 year old who also is a firm believer in naps.) If I take one and am watching TV, I just wasted an Ambien.

2:16 pm April 16th, 2015

Unrelated, but how did some of you upload your pictures? I can’t find a “my account” to click on or anything that says “upload a picture.”

3:11 pm May 4th, 2015

Hi Roger. It’s called Gravatar and you can attach a photo to your email, so every time you use your email address to comment online, it will show up automatically. Here is another link that will explain all the steps:

10:43 pm May 25th, 2015

my mom takes two ambien at night and it makes her sleep but when she wakes up she takes two more what can I do to make her stop she says she does not remember taking it but I only take one at night and I sleep and wake up remembering

7:18 am June 20th, 2015

i take 12,5 mg of ambian cr. i am 220 lbs and nothing happens , just stareat thr cieilig. oi i where to double could i hurt my self? i am very jeary or drugs but i cant function with out sleep…
can you help?

4:03 am August 5th, 2015

I takes 8 to 10 ambiem a might and I am overweight. I’m going to a psychiatrist to get off them , I’m scared, my sister says in not myself. The medicine is kicking in. I’ll be Bach tomorrow,

5:44 am August 10th, 2015

Does a 10 mg dose have the same affect on a 400 lb person as it does on a normal sized person? I feel that my Ambien dose is not working very well and was wondering if it was because of my weight. Do I need a higher dosage?

6:10 am August 22nd, 2015

I have been diagnosed with major clinical depression for the fifth time. I take 30 mg of Lexpro nightly which doesn’t seem to be working yet, but I have only been on this dose for three weeks. Anyway, I have also been taking 12.5 mg of Ambien nighty. Lately, the 12.5 mg isn’t enough, so I have been taking 25 mg for about 2 weeks. It makes me fall instantly and soundly asleep. I do not need to drive anywhere upon rising and I get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Shoud I be worried about any side effects other than unknowingly eating and/or driving? Is this a safe amount? Is it somehow causing the insomnia? Is it addictive?

7:57 am August 28th, 2015

would like to get off my ambien, been on it for years, only thing that gets me to sleep comfortably (10 mg. generic zolpidem)…not as quickly or for as long though sadly…I am just taking klonopin along with it now, an experiment without my anti-depressants or mood stabilizer…a doctor had stressed my huge anxiety and prescribed klonopin (2 mg. x 3, or whatever I felt comfortable with or could tolerate at lower doses)….I want to see what a full attack of my anxiety by klonopin can do, without other meds confusing me….again, with the ambien at bedtime…klonopin a little earlier in the evening now…idk if I ever tried this before, my anxiety has got much worse over the years..was hoping to have the klonopin work so well that I could sleep on it but it hasn’t happened yet at .25 mg….I think I’ll go to .5mg….I’m a little scared of it, unlike my ambien, which I know very well and don’t fear, even like the slight high at times….is there anyway to know or suggest how much klonopin would be needed at night to make me sleep as well or better than the ambien?..obviously I know they’re different categories of meds….the klonopin is working, I feel better, less anxiety, chest is loosening…mood even improving because of that…at higher doses of klonopin would I get that ambien high?…not desiring it, just wondering how different it would be and how much better it might be for sleep…thanks, sorry for the length

3:00 am September 2nd, 2015

Strange…my bf has been prescribed ambien for almost 5 years now.

4:40 am October 1st, 2015

My daughter loves this drug. I have a prescription and she ask me for some… Then more and more and more… So far she has taken 8 10 mg. Ambien and still begging for more!!! What can I do???

3:37 am October 6th, 2015

Hey in the past 48 hours my mother has taken 370mg of Ambien (37 10mg pills) she does this everytime her doctor prescribes them which is monthly what should I do

2:19 am October 8th, 2015

I have taken ambien for many years and some day I take up to 6 or 7 .Not all at the same time. It makes me feel fine. I hope I’m not hurting my self.

3:27 am October 8th, 2015

I have been taking zopidiem 10 tom 20 mg for 4 years and was able to sleep. Then I went to rehalb and stopped completelely. I cannot sleep lots of dreams for 8 months. So after 8 months I started taking 20 mg zopidiem twice a week. But sadly it does not work anymore. Tody I swallowed 40mg but could not sloeep. Is it better to chew. What do I do. How many zolpediem I need to sleep. It is very painful. Do you know a doctor who can help. It is pretty strange. Is Zopiclone wont give me problems. Very diffivcult. Need your help asap

3:30 am October 8th, 2015

I have been taking zopidiem 10 tom 20 mg for 4 years and was able to sleep. Then I went to rehalb and stopped completelely. I cannot sleep lots of dreams for 8 months. So after 8 months I started taking 20 mg zopidiem twice a week. But sadly it does not work anymore. Tody I swallowed 40mg but could not sloeep. Is it better to chew. What do I do. How many zolpediem I need to sleep. It is very painful. Do you know a doctor who can help. It is pretty strange. Is Zopiclone wont give me problems. Very diffivcult. Need your help asap

3:34 am October 8th, 2015

I have stopped taking Zopidiem for 8 months. But it does not work. What do you do.
Is Zopiclone is answer

6:14 am October 8th, 2015

I’ve been trying Ambien 10mg tartrate (don’t know what that means) anyway, it relaxes me but doesn’t really help to fall asleep. I thought about trying 2 together but someone said something about adverse side effects. Anyone know what those are?

10:25 am October 10th, 2015

one abmime doenst help me, I take 2 to help me sleep with 2 Xanax no problems?

10:27 am October 10th, 2015

I take 2 ambien with 2 Xanax and I sleep

10:15 am October 16th, 2015

I have recently been diagnosed with insomnia and received a prescription for ambian. Now the first night i went home I took as follows and it to me 3 instead of 4 hour to actually get some sleep. Then it was the weekend I tend to get home pretty late on the weekends so I felt no need to take them. Now sunf at night 9 pm rolls around I decide to take two this time to go to bed . And honestly fell a sleep in 20 minutes. My question is is this the right thing to do and if. So what do I do when it’s 15 days before refill time and I’m done with my ambian? I’m sure they won’t refill early. .q hat can I do to get the pharmacy on my routine

12:00 am October 22nd, 2015

My wife is on 5mg which is prescribed by her doctor. She has been on zolpidem consistantly for over 3 years. She taking double tablets most nights, as well as her normal dosages of painkillers, diabettes medication, epilepsy tablet, high blood pressure tablets. She walks around like zombie, speech slurry as if she is drunk. Is this doing a lot more harm to her health

3:05 am October 27th, 2015

Hi, I’m on ambien 5 m.g. and amitriptyline 25m.g. and only at night’s I’m looking for another medications to get off. the ambien 5m.g….and amitriptyline instead get on what? I been ambien for over three years and need something safer to take, I did not wean off depakote 1000 m.g. a while ago like six years ago. Now been suffering with insomnia related disorder from the depakote, what can I do? Suffering fir over five years., with a baby whose five years old now, the child has no insomnia, but I do, from getting / pregnant while on depakote, just didn’t weaning off the medications that when I got pregnant, the first time every having insomnia…please reply with some information I can use

5:33 pm October 28th, 2015

I’ve taken 2 tablets and I still can’t get to sleep should I take another??

Dr nick
6:19 am November 2nd, 2015

Ambien is a sleep aid taken at the .5 dosage. Any more than that produces euphoria followed by intense sleepiness. 200mg or ove you will develop extreme addiction to this powerful government test drug which was developed to put troops to rest for 4 solid hours. The melting of lage amounts and administering it though a beverage( not mentioning any name. Like fat Albert. 300’mg will render you to the pointe of unconscious and ale you will be subject to not remembering anything for aboutb3 hours after investing medicine

2:14 pm November 4th, 2015

Hi Dhiraj. You need to stop this vicious cycle. The more you take zolpidem to help you sleep – the more your tolerance to the medication grows and it works less. Another problem you have is dependence; your body has learned that the chemicals the brain needs to induce sleep are coming from an external source, so the brain stops producing its own sleep chemicals. The way to get back to normal is to stop using zolpidem by slowly reducing doses, and then completely stopping and letting your organism heal. Consult your doctor about the course of treatment for zolpidem dependence.

5:04 pm November 6th, 2015

How does one control euphoria?

6:29 am November 24th, 2015

I have to take 2 ambien for it to work..I am having memory loss and several of the other side effects..What should I do? I have been taking it for almost 2 yrs.

5:00 pm November 24th, 2015

Hello Ann. Memory loss is one of the worst side effects of Ambien. I suggest you consult your doctor immediately to change your medication.

11:36 am November 27th, 2015

Can I take lexpro an ambient together?

12:12 pm November 27th, 2015

Hi Sherrie. Not if you weren’t prescribed by your doctor. Using zolpidem (Ambien) together with escitalopram (Lexapro) may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment. So, no driving or doing hazardous tasks is advised. Also, adding alcohol to the combination should be completely out of the picture, so no drinking while on these meds.

11:16 pm December 15th, 2015

Can I take 3 10mg ambien and be okay or not, how much should I take without killing myself

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:45 am December 16th, 2015

Hi, Dee. I’d suggest you consult a doctor, or a pharmacist before increasing the dosage of Ambien.

8:14 am December 23rd, 2015

I have been on ambien for a while now and have never taken over 10mg per night! I don’t take them to get high or for the “fun of it” I actually take them to sleep. I have major anxiety, ocd, panic disorder and ptsd so the ambien helps me to fall asleep instead of laying there with 10 million things running through my mind. I recently just got 5 mg instead of 10 mg. I was just wondering if it’s okay to take 2 of the 5 mg’s since I have always taken 10 mg? I would never ever consider taking more than 10 mg! Just figured 2 of the 5 mg would be the same as 1 10 mg! I am just considering the other ingredients in the medication as well! Thanks for your help! :)

10:32 am December 29th, 2015

I have Ambien 10ng. But it does not put me to sleep. I have to to talke 1-1/2 for it to work. My doctor told me a while ago to try this and it works. I have a very difficult time getting and staying asleep.unless I take the extra half doze together . Is this ok?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:55 am December 29th, 2015

Hi, Kathy. Have you talked with your doctor about this? If not, I’d suggest you to ask him/her.

9:58 pm December 30th, 2015

One Zolpidem at night is what I’m suppose to take, but it only lasts two hours, I toss and turn trying to sleep so I take another one it does the same thing. All I want is at least six hours of sleep before my day get started I’m a grandmother so it gets very busy and I need that rest so what am I suppose to do?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:12 am December 31st, 2015

Hi, Valerie. Have you talked with your doctor about this? I suggest you to seek medical advice or talk with a pharmacist. Also, you may consider some home remedies and teas in combination with your medication.

5:47 pm January 5th, 2016

i am taking 15mg of ambian my pharmarcy switched manufactures and that is not working so im taking 2 15mg tablets can ur doctor subscribe 30mg

10:00 am January 7th, 2016

My doctor prescribed Ambien 5mg for me for the very 1st time to help me with insomnia.
Took one at 8:00 pm tonight and still awake and it is almost midnight now.
Please advise

4:21 am January 10th, 2016

I am having problems falling to sleep. I don’t want to take Ambien every night. I only want to take it every three days – so I can try to sleep by doing mediation and deep breathing. Will I
become dependent on it if I use it for 2-3 months. Thank you for any help you can give me!

7:25 pm January 18th, 2016

I have been taking Ambien for at least 5 years, but not every night. How long is too much and what are the medical detriments for taking it this long?

im taking 30mg of ambien is it safe
8:19 am January 20th, 2016

30 mg safe to take of ambien

9:09 am January 22nd, 2016

My question to anyone is this …..i took 2 10s layed down and was on verge of sleep. Then after im out for 10 mins
My dogs storm in my room and wake my slumber so rudely. Problem and question i have is now im wide awake with work in 6hrs. So can i take 2 more ambiens to knock myself out once again. Works everytime but ya’ll have me concerned. Opinions

6:58 am January 29th, 2016

I take 1 tablet of 10mg of ambien. What would happen if i take 2?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:55 pm February 1st, 2016

Hi, Alex. Has your doctor increased your dosage? If not, please consider that it is illegal to consume medications other than prescribed, and you put yourself at risk.

7:11 pm February 3rd, 2016

My insomnia is severe. I take 20mg ambien at bedtime. Then repeat at 3am, and 7am. I have been doing this a few years. Of course I feel fuzzy headed the next day but nothing more. Am I doing myself physical damage?
Do you have any suggestions as to how I can return to just 10mg a night?
Thanks, Sue.

2:26 am February 6th, 2016

first,i have sleep apnia and use a cpap machine….but i can’t for a weeks because i just had nasal septum surgery ….which is the problem…..i can’t breathe through my nose which means i can’t even fall asleep.i’ve been taking zolpidem 10 mg for some time but i don’t think that dosage will be enough to put me to sleep and keep the past i’ve been prescibed -alprazolam 1mg ….so my question is…how much more of a dosage of zolpidem can i take safely and will taking some alprazolam help as well .this will be just for a few weeks until i can breathe well through my nose…..thank you.God

2:36 am February 6th, 2016

for mike and any one suffering from depression and anxiety.i suffered seriously from both for some time a few years ago then ordered a program from the mid west’s a 15 week program which i took and by the end of the 15 weeks i was over it all.i had been on ambian-alprazolam and effexo.i weened my self off it all…..

7:50 am February 7th, 2016

I have a very high tolerance to Benzo. I can take 10mg a day and be chill all day. Does that mean I need to increase my ambein doses up to around 70 or 80 to get the hillusionatons
Effect. Like mushrooms.

1:05 pm February 7th, 2016

I accidentily took tw0- 12,5 mg of Ambien with in 14 hours, What can I do? I am scared
Now affraid to go to sleep Please help

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:28 pm February 8th, 2016

Hi, Amy. If you don’t fell well, call 911 ASAP.

10:01 pm February 12th, 2016

I know this blog is a couple years old… Many years ago, I was addicted to pain meds and sober. Take a serious narcotic for sleep and while I’ve had it hit me HArD and done things like drive or fall, I feel I’ve made peace/respect it. If I go right to bed, I’m ok and sleep. Without it,mot large amounts of a couple other things, madam for 10 days. Have a lot of ambien and over last 3 days, immediately took enough to sleep afternoon. Next day, did it twice. No reason,methinks I just don’t want to deal w day.minside, top duplex, one leg in cast and upper walk up.
If I do this… For 3 days, take 8 10mg twice a day, than again at night time, can I just… Stop and take regular med?? Titration a bit?? I know it’s depression. Husband is drinking for months and resistant to help. Traveling this week, had the med and just…. Went for it. Lots to fix, I know. First, get rid of this ambien when reg med arrives in 5 day s,

10:09 pm February 12th, 2016

I’ve been using ambien day and night 3 days 7-800 mg at a time. Will just b nights after today. do I need tomtitrate? Seem to have a strong tolerance. Will take at night only after today until reg med I ready. Horrible to find myself doing this again. I’m cooped up, busted leg ,2 story walk up and active alcoholic husband. Both need help….. Can I just switch to nighttime (large dose)then titratenwhilemreg med is available? I’m no help to husband if I’m not straight,

1:16 pm February 14th, 2016

I was more wondering if I took 10mg at 10 pm and then took another 10mg at 2 am and then another at 6 am and another at 10 am and 2 pm. 6 pm and midnight for a total of seven in 24 hours ….

3:24 pm February 16th, 2016

My husband seems to have taken 3 12.5 mg of the ambien generic because he has been unable to sleep. For the last 2 1/2 hours he has been talking to and about people that are not even here. He seems to think that he is at work as he has held a couple conference calls in our bed….as funny as some of the shit that he has said has been he is now trying to leave for work and I have hidden the keys to the car but now he is getting irate. What do I di

6:57 am February 17th, 2016

I was prescibe 5mg of ambien but it doesn’t work but when I take two 5mg I go to sleep right away is that ok

5:10 am February 27th, 2016

Thank you for your insight! I’m a combat disabled veteran and was pit on 10mg instant release. After a while it stopped working the way it use to work! My Dr upped me to one10mg pill to a 10mg and one 5mg. But he said if we have to go up Again we will have to find something else!

Thanks again,

w h white
11:41 am February 28th, 2016

I take 100 to 120 mg per day but I don’t go crazy because I’ve made a tolerance (for Benzodiazepines as well)
tnx a lot for the great article . I certainly will not try to take more than 100 – 120 mg/24 hr.

p.s :btw : sorry for poor English and grammar errors and etc …
and tnx again

6:00 pm March 2nd, 2016

I’ve taken Ambien for a while now. Why anyone would want to take more than 10 mg at night for sleep is beyond me. It’s not a “fun” drug. If it isn’t helping you fall asleep, then talk to your doctor. If you want to get high, well I’m sorry to tell you but this ain’t the drug you’re looking for.

3:44 pm March 4th, 2016

I take up to 150 mainly as a stress reliever. It got so bad that I would do anything to take away panic episodes. I almost lost my family and I know that this time there will be no forgiveness. My greatest fear is losing my daughter. I’m willing to put the work. Do I decrease daily, weekly without it being too obvious!

10:34 pm March 4th, 2016

I have been taking ambien at bedtime, sometime around 3 am when that first wears off and midday for a nap for over a year. The total mg I take a day is around 80. How should I taper? I spoke to my doctor but she hasn’t had to deal with this before.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:07 pm March 7th, 2016

Hi, Julie. I suggest you consult with a pharmacist or a doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

10:06 am March 18th, 2016

Mine say take one at night but it does not make me sleep so I take 2 and then I get restless. Am I in any danger by doing this. I don’t snort shoot or any or in any other illegal way use it am I ok

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:31 pm March 18th, 2016

Hi Tommy. Please consider that it is illegal to consume medications other than prescribed, and you put yourself at risk.

1:10 am March 30th, 2016

I took 30 MG of ambient by mistake an hour ago.

2:26 pm March 31st, 2016

Hi Sally. If you don’t feel well, call 911 ASAP.

3:10 pm March 31st, 2016

I take 5 mbian 10mg and 1 oxycodone 10mg is that dangers please reply me fast ????

12:13 pm April 2nd, 2016

Is it safe for me to take another ambien now at 6am.
Since I already had taken one at 10pm last night?

7:52 am April 17th, 2016

I found it very helpful here thanx

5:00 pm May 22nd, 2016

I am scheduled to have an in office procedure soon and I am going to be given Ambien, Valium and a pain medication. Is this safe? I am also very sensitive to any medications I take. What should the doses be for this combination of drugs?
Thank you.

I'll be honest
6:20 am June 16th, 2016

Please… From a very professional experience…. Please tell people to use with caution.

Wow? I’ll be honest, please don’t take more than 5mg…. I woke up in a nightmare! My dad is a pharmacist and said if I couldn’t sleep than repeat 4-6hrs later, having an RN in Nursing I should have thought “long and hard@, but dad knew best. After reading that 10 mg is ok, you would think…??? However, I know he meant well, but I flatlined twice. All I could think about was Hayden, Justin, Avery…please God let me live and I did. I used to be a very religious person by force because I grew up born and raised in Catholic schools, but I am poditive know I am very afraid of God because of what I experienced

7:34 am July 16th, 2016

Suicide and addiction clinics are every where get help now. Suicide is the pussy way out. Go down fighting for the people you care about for the ones that care and love you.

Chi chi
7:26 am July 21st, 2016

Can you comment on mixing Ambien and Coke. Sometimes I go out all night and do coke. When we come home we take an Ambien and go to bed. Sometimes we don’t sleep fast enough and the coke cravings come back. Do we do a few of those drink and then back to Ambien and bed. Is this ok?

8:35 am August 4th, 2016

I at one time I was purchasing Ambien online and it was taking up to about 40 pills a night. I know that seems incredibly a lot of pills but you build up a tolerance and after years of taking them that’s what happened to me it was the only way to get me to sleep.
On one occasion my prescription didn’t arrive for about 5 days and during that time after the second day because I was going to such bad withdrawals I had a seizure.
Luckily my boyfriend was there because all the sudden you said I just passed out and from there the ambulance came and took me to the hospital I blacked out. They put me on an IV.
My damn boyfriend decided it was time for me to go to a rehab but the one that was chosen for me was just the place where people had long like from jail. I just had a problem and I couldn’t deal with listening to who had to go to court and who had to do this so I asked him to pick me back up and I actually stopped taking it
The withdrawal from taking so many pills per night for years is what gave me the seizure it’s just not worth it take it from somebody that has experience.
I’ve learned to exercise at night and swim a lot and B physically tired before I go to bed I’m not perfect I think I’ll always have insomnia I just thought I’d share

Worried and stuck
9:16 pm September 9th, 2016


I have found that I will take a 10mg dose of ambien but then I will take another. After I’m already sedated, I can’t remember that I took my ambien and I will wake up the next day with 7-10 pills missing because I take them without remembering. I feel horrible the next day. I don’t know if I’m doing this because of dependency or because I just don’t remember. I have asked my pharmacist to discontinue the medication for me but he said he needs the doctor to. I have called my doctor but he doesn’t want to discontinue it because he said I should have it at the pharmacy when I need it. What should I do? I don’t want to have the option to pick up the pills because I’m scared it’s going to kill me

9:06 am September 15th, 2016

my mother and I take ambien but she was told to take two which is has but when she does she goes to bed and she sleeps but only for several hours wakes up and she takes more and more until she weak and she can no longer stand or she talks goofy and she says it has nothing to do with the ambien which Is a lie also what can I do I take 1 and and within an hour it kicks in and I asleep for the rest of night my stepdad already said he was going to talk to the doctor about her not giving my mom any more and my mom gets mad

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