Are you considering quitting Ambien (zolpidem)?
It can be difficult to stop taking Ambien. Do you get addicted to Ambien if you take it for longer than a few weeks? Not necessarily. But even if you aren’t addicted, you can experience physical side effects when you remove the medication from your system. This is because developing tolerance to Ambien and physical dependence on Ambien occurs relatively quickly. Learn more about Ambien dependence, addiction, and how to stop taking Ambien below.
Can I just stop taking Ambien?
No. Most people can’t just stop taking Ambien. It’s not a matter of lacking willpower. Taking Ambien creates physical dependence on the main ingredient zolpidem over time. Dependence on Ambien symptoms include needing to take Ambien every day, needing to take more Ambien to get to sleep, as well as withdrawal symptoms when you reduce or stop dosing with zolpidem. In fact, you may experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit Some withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, while others, such as seizures, can be dangerous.
What happens when you stop taking Ambien?
When you take Ambien (zolpidem) over a period of time, your body becomes accustomed to having the medication in your system. When you stop taking Ambien abruptly, your body is unable to handle the change, and you experience withdrawal symptoms. This can occure even when you aren’t addicted to Ambien.
Side effects stop taking Ambien
It may take less than a month to develop a dependence on Ambien. Withdrawal effects can be serious enough to require hospitalization, and can include:
- abdominal and muscle cramps
Withdrawal effects may be worse if you’ve taken Ambien long-term to help you sleep at night.
Stop taking Ambien suddenly
It can actually be dangerous to stop taking Ambien suddenly. Doctors recommend gradually tapering your dose over weeks or even months, depending on how much you’ve been taking. Stopping suddenly actually makes it harder to quit, due to the potential severity of withdrawal effects, including induced seizures. Many people will simply start taking Ambien again to avoid withdrawals.
Stop taking Ambien cold turkey
There are reasons to quit Ambien cold-turkey, of course. If you’ve taken Ambienlong-term and developed an addiction to Ambien, you may be incapable of exercising the control to slowly taper your dose. You might also have to quit suddenly due to a drug sensitivity or reaction. Ask a doctor for guidance if you’re planning to quit Ambien.
How do I stop taking Ambien?
It’s easiest to quit Ambien and stay off it if you reduce your dose a small amount at a time.
To discontinue hypnotic medications like Ambien, experts suggest a taper schedule of withholding a dose every other day or every third day. However, doctor can help you develop a dosing schedule suitable for your particular needs.
If you suspect that you or someone close to you has developed dependence or addiction to Ambien, seek medical help to quit! Detox and withdrawal can be dangerous and lead to relapse if you try to quit cold turkey and on your own. Also, learn more about the addiction treatment process and available options for rehab in our Sleeping Pills Addiction Treatment Programs and Help GUIDE for safe and successful quitting.
How to stop taking Ambien safely
The safest way to stop taking Ambien is by consulting a doctor. A doctor’s instructions will make the process easier and more effective. Speaking to a counselor or mental health professional can also help you cope with possible Ambien addiction, if psychological dependence is keeping you from quitting.
How to stop taking Ambien questions
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