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Mixing Ambien with alcohol

Mixing Ambien with alcohol

Are you considering mixing Ambien with alcohol?

Weigh in on the risks and dangers here. In this article, we review what happens in your body when you mix Ambien with alcohol. We also outline what can go wrong. Plus, we invite you to ask questions about being addicted to Ambien or mixing Ambien and alcohol in the comments section at the end. All questions about Ambien receive a personal and prompt response.

Ambien and alcohol effects

The main ingredient in Ambien is called zolpidem and is a sedative. Zolpidem can cause a euphoric high or even hallucinations when taken in large amounts, or without going immediately to bed.  Snorting Ambien effects are even more dangerous.  But some people like to enhance these effects by mixing the zolpidem in Ambien with alcohol. In self-reported examples, some people who mix Ambien and alcohol have reported the following effects:

  • drowsiness
  • relaxation
  • feelings of well-being
  • clumsiness
  • poor motor control
  • mild visual hallucinations
  • memory loss
  • sleep walking and other activities (including driving)

As you can see, some of the effects of mixing Ambien and alcohol can be very dangerous, particularly when someone acts out activities in their sleep. Ambien also chemically reacts with alcohol,having an additive effect in the body and brain when combined. So the effects of both alcohol and Ambien are intensified when taken together. While the feeling of relaxation and euphoria might be pleasant, it can also be dangerous.  FYI: How long does Ambien stay in your urine? 12-60 hours after ingestion.

Dangers of mixing Ambien and alcohol

When alcohol is taken with Ambien, dangerous side effects can occur. This is mainly because mixing alcohol and Ambien can intensify the effects of both alcohol and Ambien. Some potentially dangerous effects of mixing Ambien with alcohol include:

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • loss of consciousness or coma
  • shallow breathing
  • impaired motor control
  • impaired judgment and thinking
  • memory problems
  • overdose
  • unusual behavior

Keep in mind that the additive effect of combining sedatives goes both ways – Ambien can enhance the effects of the alcohol itself, as well. Alcohol is a sedative, which makes you sleepy, drowsy, and lightheaded, so drinking while taking Ambien can cause trouble concentrating and difficulty with coordination, which can put you at risk of accidents. Not only that, but you might engage in dangerous activities without being fully aware of what’s going on – and you may not even remember later. Ambien can cause people to drive, prepare food, and even have sex during their sleep. Obviously, this can be extremely dangerous and cause serious accidents. Even if you’re only sleepwalking, you are at risk of falls or serious injuries when mixing Ambien with alcohol. In some cases, mixing the two can be deadly.

Ambien and alcohol overdose

Risk of overdose on Ambien increases when used with alcohol. Because these drugs enhance one another, the effects of both are much stronger than when they are taken separately. Although Ambien is unlikely to kill you when taken alone, it can absolutely be deadly when combined with alcohol.

Ambien and alcohol deaths

Alcohol is one of the most prevalent drugs used in combination with Ambien that can cause death. Because of the increased likelihood of sleep-driving and other dangerous behaviors, even normal doses of Ambien are too dangerous to take with alcohol. NOT DRINKING ALCOHOL is the only way to stay safe while taking Ambien.

Is it safe to drink on Ambien?

No. Mixing Ambien with alcohol just enhances the dangerous effects of both drugs. In fact, doctors recommend never mixing Ambien and alcohol, and even instruct people who have had a drink during the day not to take Ambien that night. You can ask your prescribing doctor for more information on taking Ambien and drinking. But the FDA warns against mixing the two at all, or even taking them hours apart.

Mixing Ambien alcohol questions

Do you still have questions about mixing Ambien with alcohol or other substances? Please leave your Ambien questions here. We try our best to answer all questions personally, and promptly. And if we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who can help. Your experiences with mixing Ambien and alcohol are also welcome.

Reference Sources: NIAAA pamphlet: Harmful Interactions, Mixing Alcohol with Medicines
PubMed Health: Zolpidem
FDA Medication Guide: Ambien Tablets

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87 Responses to “Mixing Ambien with alcohol
6:24 am October 13th, 2012

Is 5 mg of ambien and 2-3 drinks of alcohol enough to OD on? I had a few drinks tonight, and after getting home, I took my normal nightly meds (including the 5mg of ambien) without thinking about it. Now I’m worried…please help?

10:57 am October 15th, 2012

Hello Jeana. In overdose, Ambien (zolpidem) manifests as somnolence and drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, respiratory depression, and in extreme cases, coma and respiratory failure.

While acute overdose occurs probably did not occur in your case, you have a higher chance for doing the following activities if you drink alcohol with Ambien:

• driving a car (“sleep-driving”)
• making and eating food
• talking on the phone
• having intercourse
• sleep-walking

Call your doctor right away now that you’ve mixed the two to report it or anytime that you find out that you have done any of the above activities after taking Ambien.

More information here:

5:48 am December 9th, 2012

I had my last drink at 2 a.m. it is almost midnight now, can I take my ambien?

10:19 am December 10th, 2012

Hi Amy. Alcohol metabolizes relatively quickly in the system. And if you give it a good 22 hours to pass, alcohol should not react with Ambien in the system.

3:07 pm January 24th, 2013

I just want everyone reading this, with questions of mixing Ambien and alcohol, to know my experience. Maybe it will help them to never mix the two. I took one 10mg of Ambien, my normal dose, but it never took effect, I was guessing it was because I took it on a full stomach and the instructions say to take on an empty stomach. So I thought I would just take one drink to help kick it in and go to bed…..The next morning I woke up, noticed that my room had been rearranged, the vodka bottle was empty and it was half of a 750ml bottle. I also had apparently had a ‘intimate’ conversation with a friend and even sent nude pictures. These are things that are completely out of character for me, I’ve never in my life ‘sent intimate chats’ or taken nude pictures. I have no recollection of any of the events that took place that night. The last thing I remember is having the one drink. According to my phone, I was active for a couple of hours without even being aware of it. I’m thankful to be alive. PLEASE DO NOT MIX AMBIEN AND ALCOHOL!

8:53 am March 9th, 2013

so are you saying it does not matter how much ambien and alcohol it just wont kill us?

2:03 pm March 11th, 2013

Hi Crissy. No – the opposite. Risk of overdose increases when you take Ambien with alcohol. If you want clearance to drink on Ambien, please speak with your prescribing doctor or pharmacist for more warnings AGAINST the practice.

4:54 am April 9th, 2013

My Dad is now totally addicted to ambien since he has taken it for many years. He also drinks and takes ambien which is costing him his health and peace. He is now on so called anti depressants and is having suicidal thoughts as well. I’ll be driving him to the psychologist who deals with dependency tomorrow. People!!! Do not go down this path. A once strong man is being destroyed. Live clean!,,

Melinda Coats
7:36 pm June 6th, 2013

My husband has been taking ambien for about 4 years and he mixes alcohol with it every nite. Some nights he will go on to sleep, other nights he stays awake and does crazy things and talks crazy. He usually only drinks beer, but when he mixes liquor with it the results are much worse. My biggest question is the effects this has on his personality and how he handles daily activities with me and our kids. His temper is out of control. Everything gets on his nerves. He bitches at us about all the smallest details that are not important. I feel it has gotten worse with time and feel somehow it is linked to this. He also adds a liquid unisom to the mix every night. Please help!!!!

Lin Tidings
6:32 am July 3rd, 2013

I have been drinking wine and have taken 750 mg of ambien. Is this a fatal dose?

12:33 pm July 3rd, 2013

Hello Lin. Please call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for a diagnosis and next steps on what to do.

6:18 am July 5th, 2013

i mix my ambien with my beer i get trippy things that happen to me for example im watchin tv it looked like the people was coming out of the tv an my bed feels high off the floor i get worried but i cant just fall asleep alone on the ambien like i use to so i drink on them an find it to help me asleep in minutes

5:34 pm July 5th, 2013

should an alcoholic be prescribed Ambien. He gets 30 pills at a time and he has 5 refills. took 23 Amcien in a 48 hr period. Also takes BusPIRone 7.5 mg every 8 hours.

Nicole o
11:49 pm July 7th, 2013

I have a story that my rehab center thinks I should share. I developed an ambien addiction after 8 years of being on it. I inceased my dosage over the years and it destroyed my life. No doctor was addressing the real problem…extreme anxiety after losing my mom unexpectedly…then six months later I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. In remission now. And a tubal pregnancy nine months later. I was sedating myself to deal with it all I ended up destroying friendships and damaging my corporate career. Doctors should not be prescribing long term to people that have genetic predispositions to addiction…period! I am in the process of repairing the damage I did with my behavior under the influence of ambien.

11:34 am July 14th, 2013

My boyfriend of 11 years has been combining ambien and alcohol on a nightly basis for years. I often think of calling the prescribing doctor who obviously is not prescribing it properly–for short term use but realize this will only create more problems.

Now pot has been added to the mix on a regular (though) not nightly basis. I guess this is not really a worry but the combination has him saying mean and rude things which are leaving me depressed! Why would these drugs make people say things which seem out of character? I never intended to be with a drug addicted individual and worry that one night he will not wake up.

12:49 pm July 16th, 2013

Hi Chris. Sounds like substance abuse. I’d suggest that you seek help for yourself with a psychologist experience in family addiction counseling. You’ll need to stop enabling the behavior and decide what you can and cannot live with. The only person we can control is ourselves!

2:31 am July 25th, 2013

Addiction blog,

I would love to control the doctor who is prescribing ambien outside of how it is recommenced!

I will seek counseling since I just discovered several full vials of pot newly acquired. The “lethal” combo of ambien, alcohol and pot is a nightly fixture even though he drove his daughter to a rehab facility last week! It is family addiction and the prior post about not prescribing addictive drugs like candy to people with genetic addiction histories rings so trut.

9:05 am July 25th, 2013

I hear you, Chris. Doctors may prescribe these medications with the intention of helping, but there can certainly be devastating effects to personal lives and family lives. I do wish you all the best in your journey to wholeness and harmony as a unit. Check out both counseling and support groups like Al-Anon or Narc-Anon for yourself. You don’t need to do it alone!

6:25 pm July 26th, 2013

Ok, I don’t understand something here… If you had a drink or two and took one (1) ambien, that’s enough to make you get out of bed and want to drive?

Another thing, what if you took let’s say five (5) ambien and had a couple of shots of whiskey and went to bed to get a solid nights sleep, what would happen? Or ambien and Nyquil before going to bed, what would happen?

6:32 pm July 26th, 2013

I still just don’t get it, what makes a person want to get out of bed and go for a drive JUST because they mixed alcohol and ambien? Why driving? Who does that?

In extreme cases you mention respiratory failure, is the person conscious or unconscious when this happens?

8:48 pm August 1st, 2013

My husband died a few months ago. He was in great shape. Worked out 4 times a week. six foot seven inches and weighed 230. The coroner’s report said zolpidem and ethanol, which is ambien and alcohol. I knew he had been taking ambien to sleep in the past, but told me he had stopped. He always drank at night, but tried to hide it from me. It just got to the point that he was mean. Everything made him angry. He thought everyone was out to get him. He was very agreessive. Road rage fights on the side of the road (which is always won). He lied a lot. Of course it was all my fault. Are any of these actions symptoms of an ambien-alcohol addiction? Wouldn’t it take an enormous amount of ambien and alcohol to kill someone as large as he was. It almost seems impossible to me. Please help. I’m trying to understand what happened.

8:07 am August 13th, 2013

Hello Ann. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. And I know that you’re looking for answers to some really painful questions. To me, these do sound like signs of Ambien-alcohol withdrawal and possible addiction. Hiding drug use is a major sign of drug abuse, as are mood swings and extreme paranoia. To answer some of the more medical questions, I’d suggest that you request a copy of the toxicology report from the coroner and then start to seek answers about cause of death from a certified professional in the field of toxicology. You can start there. But peace will come when you can accept and mourn your husband’s death.

10:24 pm September 4th, 2013

i took 10mg of zolpidem Friday night after drinking 3 & half beers, i had a really bad headache, for 6 days now i have felt dizziness lightheadedness pain in my eyes & back of my head, feeling off balance, dose anyone know what these effects are?!

4:38 am October 27th, 2013

Can i take a zolpidem 10mg and have a glass of wine a few minutes later?

1:40 pm October 28th, 2013

Hello Maddie. No, it is not advised that you take zolpidem and then have a glass of wine… because you will compound the sedative effects of both chemicals.

7:20 am November 3rd, 2013

scary stuff.
how much ambien and alcohol would cause a fatal dose?

3:33 am November 11th, 2013

My norm is a bottle of wine and one zolpidem an evening. This has been going on pretty consistently for 8 months. Yes it is a problem I have to deal with…but right now I want to know if I am doing permanent damage to my brain. My memory is seriously impaired during the day (even when not drinking). When I get it under control, will I be able to get my memory back??

4:18 am November 11th, 2013

After reading many of your great posts this evening I realized something tonight. The reason I take my one zolpidem pill after my bottle of wine every night is so I don’t take the next drink. Wow! I think I am purposely controlling my blackouts (guaranteed with Zolpidem) so I don’t have a real…alcohol blackout. I’ll have to save that epiphany for my therapist/AA sponsor if and when I get one. By the way, I’m a stay at home mom, 4 kids, 2 dogs, husband who I call Mother Theresa, beautiful home, no shame, guilt or sh&t in my past.

7:57 am December 1st, 2013

My ex just took 10 Ambiens and idk how much vodka but he said a bottle, idk how big the bottle was. I just want to know if this will put him into a coma or just kill him? it’s been like 2 hours.

5:25 pm December 1st, 2013

Hello Skyler. Please call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for emergency advise.

8:43 am December 29th, 2013

I am a long term user of Ambien. So long term, I have taken my Ambien and can coherently write this, though I took it quite a bit ago. I’ll go to sleep when I go to bed in a few minutes. As far as mixing alcohol and Ambien is concerned, please don’t. Especially if you have addictive tendencies. For me, it started out with Ambien and a glass of wine, now and then. Because I’ve been on it so long that I couldn’t tell if it had kicked in, so the wine kicked in. But it turned into a bottle (of the highest alcohol content wine I could find.) every night. Sometimes a bottle and 2 Ambien.

4:54 am January 14th, 2014

70 mg of ambient, 228 mg Diphenhydramine Citrate, a beer, and a lot of vodka. That’s what my best friend took yesterday. She’s a tiny girl, and she says she feels fine. I mean she woke up and went out and all. But could there be other problems we just haven’t noticed yet?

Grieving Mom
5:38 am January 22nd, 2014

My son died at age 39 from combining alcohol and Ambien. Although his autopsy report lists his cause of death as “acute alcohol intoxication”, in addition to finding a half empty (large) bottle of vodka, I found a completely empty vial of Ambien (30 10mg pills) that had been filled the day before his death. In addition, he was in the habit of snorting his meds. I don’t believe he intended to die that night but, we all know it’s a matter of Russian-roulette when you indulge your addictive behaviors. Please – just don’t. The wreckage you leave behind is indescribable.

10:48 pm February 11th, 2014

I had a friend as of last week I decided to stay away from her.I was at her place drinking all of a sudden I seen her put a pill in her mout.It was ambien an hour later she accused me of steallinv from her threw a chair at me.then hit me I had to defend myself.Now everyone thinks im d bad guy.My question is does mixing the two was what made jer violent?

11:48 am March 31st, 2014

My husband has taken ambien for years as well as heavy drinking..Like the others he either winds up passing out, chatting away and saying rude ugly things. He is always trying to improve our intimate life which there is none of (because of the above). Could one also truely believe they had intercourse with someone (cheating), when I am with afterwork and on he does not remember any details, but he said he did it and gave a name. He says I should believe him and the other party denies everything she is not an addict. She is more a sister to both of us…Help do I believe it happened and ruin all lives or do I believe it was the toxic combination creating the situation.

3:46 am April 4th, 2014

I drank one beer over 3 hours ago… is there danger in taking my nightly ambien besides feeling extra sleepy and possibly sleep walking? I’m afraid I won’t be able to sleep without it, but do not want to risk my life…

Tom R
4:33 am May 16th, 2014

After reading through all your comments, I’m reminded we all came upon this website in search of the same thing. Support. I’m a chronic insomniac and my inability to sleep is destroying my life. I’ve been prescribed 15 mg of ambien for the past year and recently fell into the dangerous habit of swallowing it with 2-3 glasses of wine. I know that this is a potentially fatal combination but for those of you who sleep, words cannot describe what life is like without it. My doctor says a glass before bed is fine. I’ve been repeating this to myself every time I open a bottle or fill my cup. I know it’s not true, but it’s the only way I can sleep these days. I’ve tried every other med out there, so those of you who are going to tell me to find an alternative, well, I feel as of I’ve exhausted my options.

I’m looking to connect with people who are facing similar struggles and don’t want to air their dirty laundry on a public forum. Writing this, I was reminded how hard it is to share a personal story, despite having anonymity here on the website. If you’re like me and feel more comfortable communicating with people directly, and more privately, I encourage you to reach out. I hope to hear from all who are struggling and trying to find more information about using ambien and also combining it with alcohol, but I’d also like to remind you that you are not alone.

Tom R
4:53 am May 16th, 2014

Also, vicki, I have not experienced any memory loss while taking this drug but from what I’ve read, what you’re describing are legitimate side effects of prescribed dosages of ambien. Currently, I have yet to find an alternative to assist me in falling or staying asleep, so I’m a staunch supporter of the one thing I’ve found that does the trick for someone in my position. However, if my relationship was on the line, I’d go to extremes (there are sleep boot camps, for example) to save it. Having a sleep disorder is not in your husbands control, but what he does about it is. I hope he’s trying to seek help and looking for ways to repair your relationship. It doesn’t feel appropriate to give you advice about his infidelity, especially knowing nothing about either party involved. But I wish the best if luck during this tough times.


4:37 am May 21st, 2014

My Husband was on Cymbalta and Ambien for 5 years, our neglectful Dr prescribed even though he knew he was an occasional drinker. He drank with both at least once a week. Here is something about the antidepressants they stop the connections from occurring, ie the hormone is not produced that would allow for deep connections. This occurred during a period when our children were very young. Add that sleep drug on top and the person can be nasty which was very out of character, add excessive drinks to that and there is bound to be trouble. He kicked the Cymbalta now seeking help with Ambien. He has switched to generic and cannot sleep as well. Needs to get free and clear. I almost walked..actually ran away, he is being strong and focused and kicking these demon drugs. I am hopeful and glad I stayed. Strength to all, we wives of the depressed and anxiety ridden need a support group.

9:43 am May 21st, 2014

What’s funny is a pharmacist told me it’s not dangerous. He said all it does is increase the drowsiness. I’ll take his word over any blog or post on the internet

12:50 pm May 21st, 2014

Hi Spud. We’d suggest that you seek a second opinion via another pharmacist or even a third party toxicologist. After all, pharmacists are in the BUSINESS of selling drugs.

11:39 am June 4th, 2014

My friend uses 10mg of zolpidem tartarate regularly before bedtime. but today he has taken 90ml of whisky and 150mg of zolpidem tartarate. Now he is in unconscious state. and i am taking to the hospital. give me the suggestions whether this is safe or not? what will be the side effects in this case and give me the precautions to be taken now.

Tom R
9:15 am June 7th, 2014

Hey Mary. Sorry to hear about your husband. I’m glad things sound positive. If you don’t mind me asking, how many mg of ambien was he on? And where did he go to get help.

Hoping to follow by example


Jim Runyon
12:54 am June 15th, 2014

My room mate choked me out after drinking 1 1/2 pints of whiskey and chewing up 4 Ambien and. Said he heard me say something about his mother even though he said he knew I wouldn’t do that.

1:17 pm June 22nd, 2014

My last drink was over 22 hours ago. But, yesterday, I had four Tylenol PM. Have not slept in over six days and my doctor prescribed Ambien. Is it safe for me to take it today ? This is going to be my seventh day without sleep.

Angry Dad!
7:10 am June 30th, 2014

I went to my dad’s house for a visit. I live in CA, he lives in FL. I brought ambien with me to help with the jet lag…I took them and had some drinks. It caused me to basically tear his house a part going through things. I even opened a package he hadn’t opened with a butch knife. I woke up to his ranting and raving about me going through everything in his house. I had no idea what he was talking about because I had zero memory of it. He could tell by my reaction that I was telling the truth and forgave me. I have no idea why this happened. Has this sort of thing ever happened to anyone else?

1:29 pm July 10th, 2014

I’ve always had sleeping problems ever since childhood. Now, a grown man in my twenties, I’ve had multiple relationship problems. After my 5yr breakup I had anxiety and couldn’t sleep. My dr gave my ambien and told me to only use it “when needed” and promised me he wouldn’t refill it if I came back in 30 days. I took 10mg and loved it! Before the ambien, while in college I was big into drinking. At that time I never mixed alcohol and ambien. It was always one or the other. Days go by, more new relationships fell sour. I started mixing the two. At first, I would only mix 1 beer with 1/3 10mg pill. More relationship problems. Add another beer to the nightly routine. Another shitty girl.. Now, the count is at 3 strong beers and a 1/2 10mg pill. The 1/2 pill is now only letting me sleep for only 3-4 hours (usually with depressing dreams). When I wake from that I will take a 1/4 10mg pill, drink 3 beers and fall back asleep. This is where I’m at now. I don’t want to keep upping because I’m starting to feel super anxious during the day. I’ve been trying to ween myself down, but am having little success. Any suggestions????

6:14 pm July 16th, 2014

My roommate drinks daily and takes tons of prescription drugs including Ambien. She said she goes to her doctor only once a year for her yearly refills. The doctor told her one day, “You need to come see me at least once a year so I’m sure your not a Michael Jackson”. Can or should I report her doctor? Anyone with any thoughts or suggestions. My roommate is a psychotic bitch!!!

2:47 am July 24th, 2014

My son’s dad take Ambien to get high and drinks.. I am very worried cause he stays with him more. How can I get a positive test from Ambien? I was told he is a regular user.

1:36 pm July 24th, 2014

Hello Sara. You might try to a court ordered drug test. Mixing Ambien with alcohol can put your child in danger, as these two central nervous system depressant compound the effects of one another.

10:11 am July 29th, 2014

I recently made the mistake of mixing alcohol and ambien. I woke up in a detox center an hour away from home with no recollection of what had happened.

Dee Dee
7:52 am August 10th, 2014

If you wait an hour or two after a drink or two, is it safe to take Ambien? These articles are scaring me. I don’t drink much, because I’ll get headaches. But, I do take Ambien every night. I’m actually cutting my 10 mg pill in thirds…..
Please advise…

9:59 am August 11th, 2014

Hi Dee Dee. Doctors suggest not taking Ambien for 24 hour after drinkin alcohol, even if you only drank a few beers. Ambien has a negative side effect of causing you to act out your dreams, and that side effects is more likely to happen if combined with alcohol. If you drink any alcohol, wait to use Ambien until the next alcohol-free night.

6:37 pm August 22nd, 2014

I had (years ago) a severe ambien addiction I would crush and snort it half the time
and sometimes drink too much with it. Before I knew it I would wake up and half the ambien bottle would be missing. I should be DEAD!!!!
What stopped me was I was under the influence and threw a brick into a neighbors
Window. I was charged with a felony. I settled it with him and paid for the damage and went to treatment for 60 days.
I am off the shit and don’t recamend people to use it, I am band from pharmacy’s for filling ambien. Thanks.

12:53 pm August 27th, 2014

I occasionally take ambien now. Years ago I took it for a few years for anxiety. I learned that if you take your ambien and lay in bed it works most effectively. If your up looking at tv, texting, doing chores or whatever you wont notice that you are basically, already asleep. You will be carrying on as if everything is normal but when you wake up you wont remember doing half of it. If you do these things with ambien and alcohol combined. Then the situations you get into may be more dramatic or risqué also followed by blacked out memories the next morning unless you are able to stay aware then you may remember. So most ppl should not go for the glass of wine or the tote of weed to help the ambien kick in because more than likely it already has but you never put yourself to bed. Lol

6:18 pm August 31st, 2014

My mother recently passed away. She was found to be what looked like simply asleep in a chair at home. She had a dinner tray in her lap with a dinner plate on it – believe it was spAgetti she had just made. There was no autopsy done. She took Ambien fault often to help her sleep. She also had a tendency to drink too much wine – usually in the evenings. She was a type 2 diabetic. There was absolutely no sign of a struggle. She had taken a couple of bites of food. I’m so confused about how she died. I’m wondering if she may have taken an Ambien too early that evening not really thinking, then had some wine. Could that have been what caused her to simply go to sleep then pass away?

8:23 am September 2nd, 2014

Jonson, I’m very sorry for your loss. Taking Ambien with alcohol is not recommended and can be fatal. But since there was no autopsy, you can’t know if she took the medication or not, you can’t know if that’s what caused her death. I’d feel guilty to speculate on this.

11:39 am September 18th, 2014

Last week Wednesday I took 6 over the counter sleeping pills & 5 10mg ambien with ciders in between, when I woke up I took more pills, slept then woke up and took more pills – I just didn’t want to be awake. No suidicdal intention – I had just ended my long term relationship with my best friend and boyfriend and just didn’t want to be awake and think of the situation. I have been on sleeping meds for almost 14years – I’m 32. Sometimes it feels as if I’m losing my mind – I wake up in the mornings and I can’t distinguish between whats real or perhaps a thought or just a dream. I have to check my phone to see who I called and for how long. I open the fridge and realise I’ve either eaten something or cooked food.I have been mixing my meds with pills for years. Two of my scariest moments was when I woke up the next day and found a brand of ciggies I don’t smoke on my table torn apart – I have no recolletion of how,why or when it got there – the last I can remember of the night before was thinking I want to say hi to my neighbour. On another occassion I woke up naked with my front door and security gate wide open. I have no idea what happened, checked my phone and called the last no. to find out that a friend had visited me the night before and I acted strange so she left. This was about a yr and half ago. Now I think my body has become so used to the combination of alcohol and ambien I don’t have many of these memory losses or weird behaviour as before. I weigh 52kg’s and barely eat – I scare myself because I don’t know how much more my body can handle. But I’ve tried being off sleeping meds and could only last a week – I couldn’t sleep of course and could barely fuction at work so had to go back on it. But lately mentally I am becoming more confused and disfunctional and I am at a complete loss at what to do.

11:52 am October 8th, 2014

what are the dangers of mixing tequila,ambien,adderall and sometimes Xanax.

11:46 am October 13th, 2014

Well, Susan…I don’t mean to be preachy, but DEATH.

8:17 pm October 17th, 2014

I have been railing at my husband for a number of years about combining Effexor, Ambien and excessive alcohol . . . .all to no avail. He behaves without any conscience, feels that as long as he’s having fun, what difference does it make . . . .when he dances with every young woman, flirts openly with every waitress, leaves his wife sitting in a corner while he cruises the room and dances even with men. He has fallen down a flight of stairs (doesn’t remember), ‘accidentally’ untied the straps on a young woman’s sun dress at a function and came very close to getting cold cocked by the woman’s husband. Recently, he and some young bridesmaids were seen after midnight riding up and down a road in front of our hotel on a luggage cart. His friends are commenting on his behavior, they call him an asshole . . .he’s proud of that. He has become unduly angry, combative, disagreeable. I (the wife) have felt for years that he’s trying to make me leave him. At then the bombshell – I discovered through his text messages that he’s been involved with a woman 45 years younger than he for probably 18 months – during the month of July, he sent her 371 text messages and she responded over 250 times. . . .most of this takes place at night when he shuts himself up to watch TV with Jack Daniels. He usually drinks himself into oblivion, comes to bed around 2am, sleeps until 9 or 10 the next day, has one or more naps during the day, so he can start the ritual again. He generally has a beer with lunch or maybe 2 playing golf, starts with straight vodka around 3 or 3:30, has a couple of glasses of wine with dinner, then Jack Daniels for dessert . . . .before taking Ambien to sleep. This man is 71 years old, retired for a very successful business which he started and ran for over 25 years; he has been well respected in the community and in his church . . . .and he’s throwing all of this away for alcohol and his ‘fantasy’ girl friend . . . .who happens to be a stripper who performs lap dances in a ‘gentlemen’s’ club. Pathetic. I cannot get his GP to see what’s happening in spite of all that I read on the internet about combining alcohol and ambien . . .and effexor. He may not have hit bottom yet and so is reluctant to acknowledge a problem, but I have hit the bottom and, as much as I don’t want to divorce after 47 years, I won’t continue to live like this.

3:44 am October 28th, 2014

I know right from wrong but I cannot stop drinking beer every night. I have made it two nights in the past 5 years. I seem to drink more now than then. I do not become violent when I drink however I know that I do not care what happens either. I am having problems concentrating, I have tried stopping the med with a doctors help.

6:25 am October 29th, 2014

Hi Lewis,

Your husband is probably a good man at heart, here is the thing some of the anti depresanst, ask a doctor what reciptors it stops, what exqactly is it doing behind the scenes and how is that really helpful or not. Many antidepresantrs have the effect of creating a narcisist. I feel for you, I went through what you are going through and I am 43, I could not imaging having to save my husband at 71.

Ask your husband to go off the anit depresant for a year, if he still wants to carry on like a 25 yr old without you after a year so be it, you tried and at least got him off the worst of the drugs. You may start to see his personality come back around 9 months.

The book “Open your mind” may help explain what is going on per switches getting turned on in the brain. Another book I felt comforting: The Moral Mocule. A book for your marriage “love and Respect” and “The marriage fitness” Yes the GP’s are useless, and I don’t know if all anti depresants have this effect, I can only comment on what I have experienced.

Best wishes

12:54 pm October 29th, 2014

Thanks Wifeof . . . . .

We’re making progress. Where GP was of no help, either Anthem or Medicare sent an unsolicited warning about long term use of Ambien. . . .and finally, he listened. Why Why Why would a doc prescribe that med for 10 years?? Discontinuing that has had no adverse effects, he’s sleeping well with some Advil PM and probably doesn’t even need that. Now he’s trying to wean himself off Effexor. Alcohol consumption has been considerably reduced – at the moment, he is managing to control that. I have hope. Thanks for your book suggestions. I’ve read several on betrayal and restoring trust (at our ages, we don’t have the luxury of giving months to recovering from this), now working through CoDependent No More (my 2 adult children are in recovery – drugs and alcohol), and we’re beginning to work with a therapist who’s a substance abuse specialist. You didn’t say . . . .but I sense that you have survived. It’s amazing what a little hope will do for you.

12:21 pm November 2nd, 2014

i drank a few hours ago not alot and i cant sleep should i be ok to take a 10mg zolpidem

11:26 pm November 21st, 2014

If i drank (quite a lot), last night, is it ok to take an ambien tonight? Was feeling hungover until about 7pm today, and now it is 11:30pm. Thanks.

12:45 pm November 27th, 2014

I have been on ambien for years. I have always had sleep issues. About 3 nights a week I drink and I take my ambien. I never take it outside of my home. If I fail to take it I will seriously lay there and feel my hangover come on. I have had several drinks tonight and 1 10mg. Ambien and I am able to function and communicate just fine. I do realize that things vary depending on the individual. I think it’s a little melodramatic to label people as addicts and at risk for this behavior. My mind is a race track. This is how I slow it down to get restful sleep. That is all.

3:21 am December 14th, 2014

I took my scheduled dose of 20mg of ambien and I drank 2 25oz Budweisers am I going to die?

4:34 pm December 16th, 2014

Hi Tyler. Please call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for emergency advise. It’s a free call and you can talk to a poison expert about what actions you should take less to avoid fatal risks.

1:03 am December 29th, 2014

My husband is a heavy drinker (every nite of alcohol not beer) and he was introduced to the Ambien drug about 5 years ago. He has this prescription filled faithfully and sometimes runs out before the pharmacist will give him another prescription. Over time he has started to not fall asleep with taking the drug and speaks and talks out of his head all nite while sleeping ALL day. He continues to verbally abuse me and any one who is in the household even our grand children. This behavior has taken me to my last straw and I am seriously considering leaving our 40 year old marriage. Suggestions? I am first going to visit a counseling center along with visiting Alanon. But I am sooooooo tired of the behavior being displayed to me and our children and grandchildren. I am living in torment each and every nite. I pray to God to help me get through the nite. Suggestions???

5:59 am January 3rd, 2015

All I can say is I was there and my husband does not do it anymore, he still takes Ambien..not as much, goal is to get off, but does not drink anymore. I get it the verbal abuse is crazy with the ambien booze mix. See a counselor and get him into a sleep clinic, the doctor that is keeping him on ambien is being lazy. Also be as nice as you can to him no matter how verbal, remind him of good things. Set your expectations, if he wants to behave a certain way it can not be around you, you deserve better. Let him know you know he is better than what is going on and ask him why he is hurt, and how you can help him. See past your ego, if you want him in your life, be kind, but set limits, don’t be angry with him, that just feeds the demons. watch some video on “ted” talk about sleep and make a plan to help him put himself in best position to sleep, no booze, no electronics, at least 8 hours, get exercise in his life. Ask him what help he needs to get to a good place, do it with great compassion, and be there for him. He is messed up, he will need great kindness to get on a good path.

6:23 pm January 5th, 2015

I abuse alcohol and ambien together. Christmas night I had a blackout and woke up the next day with a black eye and bruises from falling. My family had a serious talk with me. I did well for a couple of weeks, them last night I drank 2 glasses of wine and took an ambien. I woke up feeling great but my husband won’t speak to me. I have no idea what I did. I’m so upset with myself and don’t understand why I keep being self destructive. Are there resources for me to get help?

9:42 pm January 12th, 2015

Yesterday I was feeling down in the dumps, so I had a few shots. Then, about 5 hours later I went to bed and took my meds out of habit. About one hour later while I was trying to fall asleep I bolted out of bed in a cold sweat when I realized I had had alcohol that day and had just taken my ambien. It was only 5 mg, and I’d only had a couple shots but I was still panicking. I stayed up for an extra hour and drank 48 oz of water to help dilute the contents of my stomach. Either, it was such a low combination of alcohol and ambien, or the water really helped, because I was okay.

8:26 am January 14th, 2015

I’ve been taking ambien for a few weeks and it’s started to where off so I need to take more. so is it okay to take one class of red wine if I’ve taken 40 mg of AMBIEN???

9:22 am January 14th, 2015

PLEASE HELP ME! I’ve taken 40 mg of ambien and had to classes of whine. iS THT to much or cAN I drink more?

1:54 pm January 14th, 2015

Hi Laureli. You are building up tolerance to the medication as your organism becomes more and more accustomed to the presence of the substance. That’s why you feel it has started to wear off. Although it may not have the same effect as before, it’s not an excuse to start upping doses or drinking alcohol.

Hello Summer. You shouldn’t drink anymore, in fact, it’s not safe to mix any amount of alcohol with your prescription medications.

5:19 pm January 28th, 2015

Excellent answers.
I won’t be mixing the two.

8:25 am January 30th, 2015

I didn’t know any of this till about two years ago. I had been drinking a lot on Ambien(10 mg) about 8 yrs but nothing ever happened. If you worried about memory loss on Ambien, it happens without drinking anything. It’s just one of the side effects. That’s why doctors tell you to take Ambien before bed, not in day light or anything. Get real!!

2:24 pm February 5th, 2015

my dad was recently put on 10 mg of ambien. he has a habit of heavy drinking already. not quite sure what to do.

4:03 pm February 6th, 2015

Hi Naomi. He has to stop using one or the other. It is very dangerous to drink alcohol while taking ambien. If he’s a heavy drinker he probably needs rehab to help him fight his habit.

10:13 am February 7th, 2015

Is there anything else that makes it dangerous to take together other then the effects intensifying? Will the mix kill you if just taken by itself?… I dont understand because I know they intensify Eachother and I know you will act crazy and do dumb things in that state but isn’t that with anything? If you drink too much you could do the same thing. Will the mix of a few beers and an ambien kill you!? No

4:28 pm February 9th, 2015

My ambien, 10MG basically is not working anymore. Any suggestions how to get the drug working again? Such as not using it for a amount of time? Thanks, David

1:23 pm February 10th, 2015

Hi David. Yes, that’s usually what happens. Our organisms are very adaptable and get used to the presence of a substance if it’s taken long enough. You are also right about lowering doses little by little over time. It will lower your tolerance level and then the medication will work again as it used to. You can speak to a doctor about professional medical guidance during the process. Good luck!

1:47 pm February 23rd, 2015

I am wondering why I didn’t die
Ambien effects me funny
I filled my monthly script

One to go to sleep but apparently continued to take the entire bottle. While I was not on my right mind I shocked I didn’t of

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4:53 pm February 27th, 2015

My husband is taking this really really stressful course. Before this course he had no problem sleeping. Started this course and his sleeping issues began. At First Benadryl, Night-quil Did THE Job now that does not work. He started on ambien 5th that worked for a little bit and now he is taking 10mg every night and he drinks alcohol. 2-3 drinks. This has been going on for a couple of months. That being said sometimes he still does not get the right amount of sleep. does this start affecting your life during the day? He is obviously stressed out but I feel like he is starting to make poor decisions that us costing his marriage. he only has 2 more weeks left of thisextremely hard course it’s coming down to the wire and he is making poor decisions during the day that is starting to question our marriage. I’m Sacred For Him Because I’m Seeing WHAT this is doin to his body. but I’m also seeing him do things like starting up something with a girl from class. Can you still feel the affects of ambien and alcohol during the day for a period of like 6 or more months. I’m beginning to hate him because of what he is doing to our relationship bUT I need to know if mixing all of this contributing to his off behavior during the day.

6:59 pm March 15th, 2015

My 56 year old girlfriend has, what has grown into a serious alcohol problem and recently received a DUI.She takes Ambien, at bedtime, and has had some bizzare behavior with this combination. She also has a heart condition known as bradicardia, and now has a pacemaker. I am afraid I have lost her for good because of this, but now I fear for her life, any advice to save this beautiful person who is my heart so deep would be appreciated,

4:01 am March 24th, 2015

I have been taking 5 mg of Ambien every day for a few years. I also drink on average about 3 beers and occasionally 6 oz of wine. So far have not had any side affects listed. I sleep abo 7 hrs each night. With 3 head calls a night. Am at at risk?

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