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Ambien

25 Ambien detox symptoms

Ambien detox symptoms

July 14th, 2014

Symptoms to expect during Ambien detox include rebound insomnia, changes in appetite, and mood changes. More on how to prepare for detox from Ambien and its symptoms here.

5 Ambien detox treatment

Ambien detox treatment

July 4th, 2014

During Ambien detox, you can expect the recurrence of insomnia, as well as abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting and tremors, or nervousness and panic attacks. More on how to treat these symptoms here.

7 Signs and symptoms of Ambien addiction

Signs and symptoms of Ambien addiction

March 1st, 2014

Can you get addicted to Ambien after prolonged use? Possibly. But addiction and physical dependence are separate medical conditions. More on the most common signs of Ambien addiction and treatment options here.

42 Ambien withdrawal treatment: How to treat Ambien withdrawal

Ambien withdrawal treatment: How to treat Ambien withdrawal

November 25th, 2013

The best way to treat Ambien withdrawal is to taper down doses of zolpidem under the supervision of a medical expert. More on Ambien withdrawal treatments here.

20 What happens when you snort Ambien?

What happens when you snort Ambien?

September 25th, 2013

Snorting Ambien can result in increased heart rate, erratic mood changes, chest pain, or severe memory loss. What snorting Ambien does to the body here.

35 Cold turkey Ambien

Cold turkey Ambien

August 28th, 2013

It can be dangerous to withdraw from Ambien cold turkey. Learn more about withdrawal protocols, tapering, and how avoid cold turkey Ambien withdrawal here.

26 Detox from Ambien

Detox from Ambien

January 27th, 2013

Should you detox from Ambien at home or in a clinic? We review Ambien detox symptoms, time and treatment here. Plus, a section for your questions about detox from Ambien at the end.

40 How to withdraw from Ambien

How to withdraw from Ambien

January 24th, 2013

Can you withdraw from Ambien at home? Perhaps. But never withdraw from Ambien cold turkey. More protocols for Ambien withdrawal here.

2 Help for Ambien addiction

Help for Ambien addiction

January 3rd, 2013

Help for Ambien addiction addresses both the physical AND mental dependence on the drug. More on where to find help for Ambien addiction here.

141 How long does Ambien withdrawal last?

How long does Ambien withdrawal last?

January 2nd, 2013

Ambien withdrawal can last for several weeks after peak symptoms have resolved. Get an Ambien withdrawal timeline here.

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Ambien

What is Ambien?

Ambien is the brand name of a medication called zolpidem. Zolpidem is a hypnotic sedative that helps physically put you sleep; it works by slowing activity in the brain to allow sleep.

Ambien is prescribed by doctors to help people with insomnia or those diagnosed with sleeping problems caused by psychiatric disorders. Ambien can be purchased in pharmacies on a strictly prescription only basis. Ambien is usually taken orally in pill or tablet form.

Ambien is available in two formulations: Ambien and Ambien CR. Ambien CR is a controlled-release tablet that gradually releases the medicine to prolong its effects. Ambien and Ambien CR are available in pills with different colors and shapes, but generally appear in the following forms:

  • Ambien 5 mg appears as a pink capsule-shaped tablet
  • Ambien 10 mg appears as a white capsule-shaped tablet
  • Ambien 6.25 mg appears as a pink round tablet
  • Ambien 12.5 mg appears as a blue round tablet
  • Ambien CR 6.25 mg appears as a pink round tablet
  • Ambien CR 12.5 mg appears as a blue round tablet

Ambien effects

Ambien causes you to feel relaxed, have lower muscle tone and feel very sleepy. But how does Ambien cause these effects?

Basically, zolpidem (the main ingredient in Ambien) works as a “hypnotic” by interacting with the neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) in the brain. GABA receptors work by inhibiting signalling synapses that excite neurons. When Ambien inhibits neural synapses, neurons become less excited and have lower levels of activity, causing relaxation and drowsiness.

Because Ambien only affects certain GABA receptors, the main effect of the drug is to induce sleep. Because it induces sleep, doctors prescribe Ambien as a sleep aid (more popularly known as sleeping pills) for people with insomnia problems. People with difficulty falling asleep, or waking up in the middle of the night and have difficulty returning to sleep, can use Ambien after scheduling a medical checkup and getting a prescription from the doctor.

Adverse effects of Ambien

Ambien is a drug that is available by prescription only because it can cause serious adverse effects. In fact, high doses of Ambien can cause fatigue, pain, hypertension and rapid heart rate, ventricular tachycardia (very fast beating cycle of ventricles), suicidal thoughts, enteritis, formation of blood clots and decreased white blood cells, ear infections, liver disorders and muscle pain, pruritus and acne, vision changes and sensitivity to light and urinary tract infections. If you manifest any of these symptoms, this can be an indication that the body has problem(s) with Ambien.

Further, there are reports of patients who performed complex behaviors while seemingly asleep after using Ambien. In the reports, patients are reported to prepare and eat food, drive vehicles, make phone calls or perform sexual activities while half-asleep on using Ambien. Upon awakening, patients have difficulty recalling or remembering, or cannot totally recall, their behavior or activities done because Ambien causes short-term amnesia.

Some people use Ambien for recreational purposes. Some use Ambien for its intoxicating effects. Users report that Ambien causes bouts of difficulty in distinguishing imagined things and reality, false sensory perception, disorientation, and drifting in and out of consciousness.

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2 Responses to “Ambien
Pippa
6:23 pm October 19th, 2016

How long will Ambien show in a urine drug test?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:49 am October 21st, 2016

Hi Pippa. Ambien won’t be detected in a standard urine screen, but it can be detected in urine using specialized tests. Peak concentrations of Ambien show up about 12 hours after taking Ambien, but can be detected for up to 60 hours after ingestion. If you have any other questions on Ambien drug testing, download our free e-book here: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-testing/

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