Can you overdose (OD) on Ambien?

Yes. But it is very difficult to overdose on Ambien. More on how much Ambien is safe for you and Ambien overdose here.

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Yes. You can OD on Ambien. But it takes very high amounts of Ambien to overdose, making it difficult to take too much Ambien at once.  So what can you do to protect yourself from an accidental Ambien overdose? And how much Ambien to OD?  More here. Also, check out what you can expect when you have an Ambien (zolpidem) addiction or dependence problem and decide to seek help in our Zolpidem Addiction Treatment Programs and Help guide. Plus, we invite your questions about Ambien and overdose at the end.

Can you overdose on Ambien?

Yes, you can overdose on Ambien. However, it takes very high amounts of Ambien to be seriously dangerous. Since doctors normally only prescribe Ambien for very short periods of time (typically 7-10 days) it would be very difficult to obtain enough Ambien to die from an overdose. Plus, the length of time Ambien stays in the system is relatively short.  However, even in normal doses, some people can react very badly to Ambien, so it’s important to be very careful when taking this medication. Ambien abuse also increases your risk of potential overdose. In fact, you’re much more likely to overdose on Ambien if you take it ways other than prescribed. This medication should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor.

What happens when you overdose on Ambien?

Ambien overdose symptoms may include sleepiness, confusion, and difficulty breathing. Furthermore, taking Ambien to “get high” can have unpleasant side effects, including memory loss and acting out behaviors in your sleep (including driving) which can put you at risk for physical harm. The likelihood of these side effects goes up with higher doses of Ambien.

How many Ambien is too much?

The recommended daily dose of Ambien is 10 mg, once a day before bed. At 40 times that recommended dose, 400 mg, cases of non-fatal overdose have been reported. However, as little at 70 mg of Ambien at once can cause illness, including feelings of nausea, headache, and muscle pain. Still, it takes a whopping 2000 mg of Ambien to be fatal, which is 200 times higher than the normal dose. It would be very difficult to obtain enough Ambien to be fatal.

Ambien overdose help

If you’ve taken too much Ambien and start experiencing serious symptoms, including trouble breathing or irregular heartbeat, you need to get medical attention right away. Contact a doctor immediately if you think you may lose consciousness. Do not take Ambien if you know that you have a tendency to sleepwalk to act out daily activities in your sleep while on Ambien.

Overdose on Ambien questions

Do you still have questions about OD’ing on Ambien? If you have any questions about safe amounts of Ambien in your system, please leave them here. We are happy to try to help answer your questions about Ambien, and will try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

Reference Sources: ToxNet: Zolpidem
FDA: Medication Guide Ambien Tablets C-IV
DailyMed: Ambien Tablet
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Twelve years ago, a friend of mine since we were 16 who was married to my friend, gave me an Ambien I thought because he knew I was devastated after the death of my almost-daughter. I meant my girl died who was almost a teen…she was 12.I don’t know if he gave me more later because my mind remembered nothing. I thought he was my long time friend only but he ended up raping me. It took me years to say that. I woke up and he told me what “we” had done…he was so proud and happy because he said he always wanted to be with me. I felt sick and confused. I remember not one thing. I blamed myself and still do. But I honestly never thought he would do that to me, especially knowing I was grieving the loss of my child.

    Be careful who you take even one Ambien around! You never know what the person is capable of. I was prescribed ambien but must have taken one of his for convenience. I had lost a child and just wanted to sleep away the worst pain of my life. It caused me a lot of problems and regret. He took advantage of my weakness. I know now I was raped on Ambien. But it still doesn’t hurt nothing like losing my child. I blame myself for the rape.

  2. Bless my doctor, he likes to write prescriptions in 90-day increments so here I go with 90 days worth of Ambien and after the fourth one didn’t remember taking any more. Then but all of a sudden 90 Ambien are gone. I decided that I want to go get a hamburger or something. it’s dangerous stuff and I’ve been very lucky that I haven’t seriously hurt anybody else, just totaled a couple of cars. On my next appointment I’m telling him I don’t want it anymore. I survived before Ambien and I will survive after.

  3. I have taken 400 or more mg at once. I’ve been struggling with addiction for a while and, believe it or not was able to get prescribed 2000 mg at once from about 3 different doctors. Because I usually managed to get 50 pills prescribed at once, it didn’t take that much effort. The worst part was that I used it during the day, and having an antisocial personality disorder, my impulse control in those situations was basically nonexistent. It made me reckless, violent and dangerous. Ruined a few relationships and worsened the relationship with my family. I say “it”, tho obviously I was the one who is to blame in all that, for it was me who abused it. I’m not saying it’s a bad drug, if used properly, like I did in the beginning, it does wonders and truly helps with insomnia. Just be wary an watch out for signs of abuse.

  4. I was on 10 mg and I actually hallucinated that someone was trying to rape me and then I got punched and I ended up punching back and hitting my husband and beating him off of me but nothing like that had ever actually taken place and then I grabbed my daughter from the bedroom and drove down to my ex-husband’s house in the next town where my other two sons were for the weekend and claimed I was getting hurt and then I guess I actually freaked out on my son and thought he was trying to hurt me as well and I scratched his arm I have no recollection of this this is all been told to me and what I’ve done under the influence of Ambien this was several years ago and I still have no recollection of it just what people have told me it’s pretty scary stuff I’ll never take a sleep aid again
    I wonder what the long-term effects several years down the road on my memory and the brain is

  5. thanks for haveing this page to help us learn and get better.
    I started taking abiem 2 10mg to sleep but now i am at this point that i take 10 it makes me go on a trip i like it and it keeps my anxiety and panic attacks awy,as me and my dockter cant find the right meds that work! And abiem works wonders for that what cemical is in abiem that helps me? i need to get clean but do not want anxiety attacks 2 times a weak and feel panicy 24-7 please help me!!!

    1. Hi T. I suggest that you call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab for you.

  6. I just a reading of 3982pb/mg of Zolpidem where my chest air and under arm was tested

    I didn’t think i took that many Ambien tablets , but it was over a 6 month period

  7. Hello,

    I had a difficult experience a few years ago that still bothers me today.

    I have major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety and had just been the victim of a sexual assault (I now struggle with PTSD). Not being able to cope anymore I took a full 30 pill bottle of Ambien CR (375 mg) with a glass of orange juice and about 3/4 of a 1 liter bottle of vodka. I woke up 2 days later ((I think.) This is according to someone who said they came by and found that I had been asleep for 36 hours. I think someone else came by the following morning and was able to get me up). I asked a friend to take me to the ER because I was afraid. The nurses tested my blood and said they didn’t find anything. They obviously had concluded that I was doing this for attention because they separated me from my friend. After two hours of sitting on a chair in the hallway, I realized they weren’t going to do anything else with me and I asked if I could just go. They said ‘yes’. I called my psychiatrist the next day and he got me a bed at the hospital.

    I am still very confused about what happened. Why didn’t they find the drug in my blood? And why did they treat me so poorly? Exactly how long was I asleep and could I have suffered any long term damage?

    I understand you cannot offer medical advice, but any informed speculation as to what that kind of drug cocktail ingestion might do, sure would offer me some peace on the matter. It is very difficult to not have been believed when reaching out for help.

    I would appreciate any insight you may have?

    Thank you!

  8. One of the side-effects mentioned above is very real, and very true. I am referring to “acting out in your sleep”. When first prescribed my Zolpidem, I tried to take it as precribed, which was 1 tablet at bedtime, but, for the first few days, it did not work, it actually had the opposite effect as it would keep me up all through the night. So, on about the third day, I tried 3 at one time before bed, and EUREKA!!….it worked finally!!…but it worked a little too well. This was about 18 months or so ago, and to this day, I still cannot remember the two days that followed that night when I swallowed 30mg of Zolpidem. I do remember bits and pieces however, such as driving, during the daytime….but many other things that I was later told that I did, I have absolutely ZERO recollection of. I was living with my parents at the time, and, they told me that I barged in their room at 3 A.M. mumbling something or other, tried to climb into bed with them, before turning around and storming off…at which point the pills were confiscated of course, with no resistance from me at all. The driving part is what scared me though, I had new dents, and a gigantic scrape/indent that ran the entire length of my 1995 Buick LeSabre, which is a tank for anyone who is familiar with that model, so, to make that much damage I must have been traveling at a substantial speed and hit something quite large, and again, I have no memory of this at all. And this trippiness and super foggy haze lasted for literally two full days, so, needless to say, when I finally came to, and the next night rolled around, I took the medication only as prescribed from then on out. Losing control of your thoughts, memory, and especially your actions that much is not something to be played with folks so, if anything is taken from this, what I realize now is quite a long reply, lol, please take your Ambien/Zolpidem responsibly, and AS PRESCRIBED!!!!…..Harming yourself or God forbid somebody else is so not worth it. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading, much appreciated!! Thanks!!

  9. I take ambien 10mg per night, sometimes 20mg’s, its no problem, but don’t go over 30mg,s because your flirting with chemical dependancy. Sure I’m a little dependent on my ambien but as long as its a little, kill the monster while its little, like they should have in that first alien movie. Don’t let a monkey on your back grow to the size of King Kong. Pop a couple more ambien if you need to, but do it inconstantly. You should be fine, do it every night – you may have problems around the corner.

  10. My daughter is shooting this up
    Along with addaroll what can I do she is already in rehab it is
    All prescribed to her any help

  11. Remember when you take any sleep aid. You have to take on a empty stomach for it too work with full effect. That’s probably why some need more. Which in fact you don’t.

  12. I have been taking like 6 ambian a night my speech has been really bad like I can’t get out what I’m trying to say ///us that normal ??? Also I haven’t been able to pee so sure it must have done something to my bladder??? I’m now done to 10 mg a night and I’m still having side affects is that normal to have these after going from 6 to 1 in like 3 weeks???

  13. You can do crazy stuff on Ambien. I cooked a whole dinner at night. Watched movies I don’t remember. I was going through my fb and found some comment I didn’t know I wrote. I ask a girl from high school if she was a stripper? I was so upset. I would never do that. Crazy stuff, but I’ve also got gotten good steep when nothing else would help me sleep. Guess you get the good and the bad with everything.

  14. I have been taking 10 gmail for years when picked up yesterday’s it was a long orange pollutant fits the book description It doesn’t work they won’t take or trade thank tou

    1. Hi Mel. Did you speak with your doctor about this? I suggest that you consult with him/her, and also, you may speak with a pharmacist about your issue.

  15. I normally take 4 ambiens at a time in order to itook 4 ambiens at 3pm. And a couple more hours after now its 10:30pm and took 4 more ready to go to sleep..but counting my total pills i had it seema like i have taken about 14 ambien in a 8 hours time frame i just took the last 4 which makes it the 14th..and i am feeling ok but am scared it will give me overdose once they take effect…CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME IF AM SAFE OR IF ITS BEEN WAY TOO MANY AND POAAIBLE OVERDOSE..I HAD BEEN T HOURS AINCE THE LAST ONCES I TOOK NOW I TOOK 4..PLEASE ANSWER ASAP TY

  16. QUIT using Ambien.. Its all in your head.. If you’ve abused ambien or currently abusing it, lower your doses night by night, until you can figure out that you actually don’t need it anymore. Taking to much ambien, long term, will shorten your mortality, —killing you faster— so obviously it is terrible for you.
    Honestly, I have chronic insomnia, since I was in high school.. recently, this past year I started to use ambien and have had troubles that i’ve never had before, mentally and physically. I started abusing it, and overdosed. The majority can’t sleep.. Just do anything other than taking ambien.. You will eventually fall asleep after a day or two.. you will be fine.

  17. Zolpidem…

    Don’t eat anything an hour or so before you take it.

    Take the recommended does. Lots of water. Don’t use milk. I find it protects the pill.

    Now, slowly make a LIGHT sandwich.

    Enjoy the sandwich and go straight to bed.

    I won’t explain the science, but the sandwich ‘on top’ of the medication allows your body to absorb it better. Doing this increased the effectiveness and reliability of taking this medication by 30%

    Hangover? Yes. Foggy Head? Yes. Body aches and pains? Yes. Muscle weakness? Yes. Other side effects? Yes. Chance of some good sleep, and any actual sleep? Yes.

  18. Thinking of taking ambien to take your life don’t. I tried when I was younger around 15-16 years old and the side effects to this day are hard to deal with. I have short term memory loss, nerve damage where i shake constantly, and I’m no longer allowed to take anything ro help me sleep. I was young dumb and stupid if I could take it back I would. The doctors and nurses are amazed I lived, I had taken an entire bottle of 20mg pills thats around 80-100 pills. Its not worth the pain and suffering that would cause your family, if you need someone to talk to call suicide hotline.

  19. I cut a zolpedim 12.5 in half and took it 4 days ago I did not know u can’t. I am having bad headaches still. My sinuses feal weird can’t sleep. Am i going to b OK. How much longer should this last?I c doctor in 2 days. Bp is good just bad head aches. I also quit drinking alcohol 2 weeks ago can that also effect my headaches too? Help me.

  20. I accidentally too 6 10mg. Of ambien. I’m awake now and coherent The first 3 hours I was talkinout of my head I didn’t make sense. I fell asleep for about an hour. I have crippling arthritis and it is prescribed to when to help me sleep through the nite.

  21. My friend just told me that she took 100mg zolpidem. She is alone and i don’t know anybody else in that city. I’m scared. She’s been depressed for more than a year now. Will she die?

  22. My finance took ambient I am not sure how many where in the bottle. His speech is slurred and he is really tired. It hasn’t been long since he took them what can I do. He won’t let me call 911 . He says he is fine. I am so scsred.

  23. Friend took 15 within the last hour. Will he be okay? He is asleep now and will most likely wake with no memory. This was a relapse

  24. The ambien information sspecifically states:

    This is also a sticker slapped right on the bottle (most states).

  25. I would like to share my experiences with ambien overdose (on and off). I have been taking it normally for a very long time (due to constant pain from a doctor’s unauthorized and invasive medical procedure/injury to me).

    It was triggered a year after the death of my dad. Last year I was in the ER a few times (I put myself there). When my mother suddenly died, I went through 140 (10 mg) pills in approx. 2 months. I was admitted to the hospital for several days from the ER. It messed up my EKG normalcy, I was super dehydrated, and even dehydrated some of my organs (including my teeth). My teeth felt like stone.

    I’ve been through super severe headaches (feel like a bullet went through your head for days), extreme chest pains, severe stomach pain, dehydrating surgery scar tissue and organs in my body (which was extremely painful), vomiting, total body numbness, forcing myself to eat, gaining 50 pounds (I lost 30), massive confusion, saying things (blurting out) I would not say normally, I could not function normally or concentrate (I’d never drive the car, use stove/oven, or other equipment), severely sweating out (my “detox” days), drowsy speech, dehydrating my lips to the point of them being cut up and painful, terrible ear aches and sore throats, choking on some foods, and keeping salt in my body that swelled my ankles from constantly laying in bed (I don’t even eat much salt). Many times, I had back pain from not being able to stand properly (until I was fully hydrated again).

    I may be missing some more of my ambien side effects from my list..

    In addition, not being able to work, enjoy life experiences, or doing every day stuff, during these overdose times. It kept me from visiting my mother more.

    When I took 3-4 or more in a day, but not more than 8 pills (sleeping, then another one), it made my digestive system like it never had food in it. Thus, vomiting for 2 days while forcing myself to eat.

    I had no feelings to go to the bathroom, no feelings to eat, and mostly felt every pain I suffer from (even pains that had subsided).

    My sleep was messed up for several days after the overdoses, until I was taking it normally again.

    Over time, it takes me a really long time to fall asleep now (eventually my sleep will get faster again the more normal I take ambien, and live my life right).

    This last time felt as if I were dying. My parents would kill me if they knew. I’ve went back to taking ambien normally, as I want my life back.

    I’ve lost a good three years of my life that I can never get back.

    I hope you can use this information to educate others, as that’s what I’d like to do.

    Thank you.

  26. Dear Page,
    I suggest you take one ambien a night as prescribed. Deal with the 4-5 hours of sleep. After a while one pill should work again. I suggest you walk or exercise, as this helped me, to sleep a bit better. I was injured by a doctor’s unauthorized medical procedure/injury in 2003 and have constant pain.

    1. Hi, Andrea. If you still have problems with insomnia, I suggest you consult your doctor or a pharmacist to change your dosage or even medication.

  27. My doctor percribe me with 7-8 tabs of Ambien and also 6 tabs of rohypnol per night. If this keeps on goinng, in long term will this effect my health?

  28. I take ambien to sleep. It was working for a couple of months. But then I couldn’t get back to sleep. I took two, than three. Tonight I took 2, no sleep. Than I tool 8 sleep! Than I took 9 with still no sleep. Taking 19 pills really bad? Seriously I need to know.

    1. Hello, Meghan. If your medication doesn’t work, I suggest you consult your doctor to increase the dosage, or prescribe other medication. Also, I believe that 19 pills may be a huge amount for one intake.

  29. I recently overdosed on was five days ago and I am still in the hosptal.I was on 65 mg of methadone down from 80 in 5days time becaause I lost my fund ing .I to them took about 10 to 15 10 mg pills.I do not remember doing this..I. was taking them. To help me sleep during my withdrawals.

  30. I had been taking all kind of sleeping pills since teen.I did suffered a trauma when I was 10,I cough on fire 60%of my body rd has 3rd and 4th degree scars40 years later,pills won’t work,I can take 60 mg of Ambien and I don’t even blink.Please,I need help,I have children,I am divorce and I don.t want to die yet,even sometimes,I wish I died in that fire,

  31. A couple of years ago, I took a handful of ambien and woke up in the hospital. To this day, I cannot remember the events that lead me to the hospital. I can only go off what people had told me. I also noticed that some of my memories from random events are loss and I can’t remember people I have met. Besides the memory loss, are there any more side effects that I should expect in the long run?

  32. My wife take Ambien. She’s been talking it going on 7+ years now. She recieves a 30 day supply of the higher dosage. Of which she goes through in about 10-12 days. She is the walking dead during this time period. Every emotional mood swing you can think of she goes through. From crying, to angry, confused and disorientated. She is in a constant fog. She’s only 36. She’s had a seizure which she passes off as lack of nutrients and vitamin deficiency(gastric bypass). I’m convinced it’s the Ambien or lack of that caused the seizure. She also walks, eating everything in the kitchen as she zombies her way through the house while the children and I sleep. When our of Ambien she makes up for it with a cocktail of benadryl and muscle relaxers (topimirate I believe). She has a script for Vicodin of which she trades an ex coworker of hers for more Ambien. She doesn’t think she has a problem. It’s Sunday, between yesterday and today she’s been out of the bed about 4 hours, and I’m being generous. She is under the influence of Ambien, sleep walks and takes more Ambien. I will hear that pull bottle rattle at least 3 times a night in a 6-8 hour period. It’s this a recipe for her to overdose? It’s it even possible to do so? It’s love direct feedback.

  33. Last January-albeit, I wanted to die- I swallowed 14 10 mg Ambien pills on an empty stomach. That’s another thing that a lot of doctors don’t make clear enough; taking the drug on an empty stomach makes it much more effective.

    Speaking as someone who’s actually experienced an actual overdose on a much smaller dosage than what the article above states, I thought I’d give some insight.

    Having snuck away upstairs for less than ten minutes, I’d take a pill, swallow it and wait 30 seconds before I took the next- so on and so forth, until soon all 14 were gone and quickly traveling through my bloodstream. So quickly, as a matter of fact, that in attempts to walk down the stairs and into the main room of the house which I was staying, I tripped on the bottom step and fell face first into the door knob, completely unaffected. I remember nothing from that point until the flashes of the inside of the ambulance. From what I’m told, there was a lot of screaming, falling around and threatening and making advances toward punching both my boyfriend at the time and the first responding police officer in their faces. It’s all black in my mind, and that’s the most terrifying part.
    I will say, that waking up in a hospital bed with the faces of your loved ones peering down at you lovingly and concerned is a game changer for anyone feeling suicidal and like this may be a good route for you. It’s not. Suicide is almost never a valid option, and if it were, this wouldn’t be the way to go.

    If you’re lucky enough to be able to convince the hospital that you’ve “learned your lesson” and the suicidal activity is passed, they might just skip the 72 hour psych hold and let you go home.The next week, maybe longer depending how much you consumed, your entire body will ache. You’ll feel like you are unable to do the smallest things; getting out of bed, undressing for a shower, BREATHING. It’s excruciating and boy does it linger.

    The point in all of this being; you can overdose on much less Ambien than the information above states, in an affecting situation. It’s a dangerous drug, and one that’s hard to shake once you’re in its clutches.

    Fun fact: I actually popped one right before stumbling across this as I was heading to bed.

  34. I have been on Ambien for almost 8 years straight, 10 mg every night, I can not sleep at all with out it,I get terrible pains all over my body if I don’t take it and yes I am suffering memory lose and my eyesight is failing also experiencing mood swings when I can’t get it.Most nights it only works for 4 to 5 hours unless I take more. I would love to get off this medication but I am in to much pain when I try to stop.I have spoke to my Doctor but she says that Ambien is harmless

  35. Are there any longer term effects of taking, say, 10 mg of Ambien with 3-4+ beers and 1-2 bottles of wine? I’m honestly asking for a friend, who I am starting to suspect took 1 of my ambien one night for whatever reason. That night she was fine one minute and the next became increasingly agitated and belligerent…. Instigated a fight with me then drove to another friends house and instigated more drama. She told a lot of very big, unforgivable lies (I realize this may not be pertinent to the story but the point is she does have a penchant for lying/drama but it has never been as bad as that night). And I realize that 3-4+ beers and 1-2 BOTTLES of wine is a lot to drink but It was also over 4 hours or so (still a lot- I know) and she is a pretty seasoned drinker (like I’ve seen her drink way more and not react like that). But anyway she just recently told me that she doesn’t remember hardly anything from that night… Has no idea how she got that drunk… Says her BF got off that night and had never seen her that messed up and he almost took her to the ER. Says she was sick for like 3 days after that and it just got me to thinking like what if she had gotten into my medicine cabinet and taken something. I do take other psych meds (klonipin, Remeron, and concerta) but by the time I even considered her taking anything it was too late for me to accurately count and figure out if any were missing especially since I can be noncompliant at times and miss doses (working on it) but I did think to Check the ambien since it was prescribed to me back in 06/2012 and I had never touched it (too afraid of adverse reactions honestly) and there were only 29 left out of 30. I realize there are a million different things that could have happened to that one pill in the 3 years since I filled the prescription and they’re probably expired at this point anyway BUT I just have to know if any of this could support possible evidence of her taking my ambien and mixing it with so much alcohol. Mainly the 3 day sickness part. Please let me know what you think! Thanks

  36. In the past few weeks I’ve exponentially increaoursosed my dosage of Zolpildem to 80-100mg. a the result is tharday. I take 10mg. before I go to bed, but usually need to take another to fall asleep, but usually wake up after two or three hours. I take another 10mg to fall asleep again and then can settle in for about another five hours of very deep sleep with vivid dreams. Then I wake up again about 4-5.00 for another 10 mg. and settle back into vivid but not unpleasant dreams.I’m retired and don’t need
    to or want to get up so early. As a result I grab a couple of beers and 10 more mg. and try to settle down. In Vain.

  37. I just do take one every night, and tonight when I took it I felt very sick, can’t od on it just by one pill a day right? At the same time everynight

  38. I have been on Ambien (90 a month) combined with several other drugs like Potassium, aspirin. allergy, vitamins, Valium( 90 a month). Ultram (100 a month) Oxycontin (90 a month) Lyrica, Furosemide, Allopurinol. Most have been taken for 15 or more years. My Dr is retiring and they do not know where I will go now. To stop all this after over 15 years can be harmful. MY insurance is already saying the will not cover the oxycontin and I have no money to afford it. A few I have stocked up on like Ambien. How much is too much Ambien? I do strange things at times when I take it like sleep walk & do things out of character. What if anything would happen if I took maybe 300?

  39. Hi seeingstars. Good that you are planning on not taking Ambien anymore after 30 days. many people fail to realize it’s for short-term treatment of insomnia only, and shouldn’t be used longer than 4 or 5 consecutive weeks. Even during such a short time, dependence to Ambien can be developed, so it’s best to gradually lower doses in the following weeks before you stop completely. This way, withdrawal symptoms will be less uncomfortable.

    Hi Mack K. I’m very sorry about your neighbour. Chances of overdose increase exponentially if a person is taking the medication for the first time and over-does it, and especially if mixed with another drug (illicit or prescribed) or alcohol.

  40. If i take 12.5 cr for thirty days will i need to titrate off ambien i really dont want any withdrawal symptoms already went through that crap with opiates.

  41. Hello Wayne. I’d recommend that you seek professional advice from a pharmacist or from your prescribing doctor. You need medical supervision during a taper after developing dependence on a hypnotic drug like Ambien. My best to you.

  42. I have chronic pelvic pain. I have been taking 20 mg of ambien for years . It is the only sleep med that has worked for me. It also reduces my pain for a few hours. often I take 5 mg during the day.also .I am trying to cut down .
    So now I am taking 15 mg / day for two week, then 1 for two weeks and then perhaps stop . Is this slowdown doable without serious withdrawal symptoms? Sleepless nights are terrible. Is there anything I can take to help me sleep while I am slowing down from ambien ?

  43. I’ve been on Ambien for years and on a few occasions have taken 2 to get to sleep 2 if I woke too early, then 3 the nxt night 2 more if I wake ect.
    On both occasions I believe I poisoned myself having ingested too many in such a short amount of time. The hangover and recovery time is usually a BRUTAL
    60 hours of slepplessness, extreme headaches, violent and painful dry heaving, sweats and chills and just pure misery.
    I’ve dealt with sleep issues for years but I’m fairly confident in advising that multiple ambien 2 or 3 nights in a row just isn’t the answer. That sickness
    that the OD causes is horrific.

  44. My best friend overdose on Serta 100mg 50 tablets, Zolfresh 10mg 50tablets, Clozapine 100mg 50 tablets. She is 37 yrs old. Plz guide ahead. As soon as possible……..

  45. Hi Ray. Call an ambulance or get someone to take your uncle to the ER. The recommended daily dose of Ambien is 10 mg.

  46. My half-uncle is thinking of suicide.. his friend told me he took 20 ambien pills. Unfortunately Idk the quantity in mg he has in this. Can someone help? Can he die from this dosage?

  47. i have been on Ambein for over ten years couldn’t ever have a nights sleep without it 20mg. Had to do something effecting my health slowly tapered off and used every food supplement I could find to help ones that help the most lots of vitiman c Cal-mag fish oil multi vit lots of b’s finely the main ansewer I found was a really good form of Melatonin and a homapathic wonder called Rescue pearls u can get them anywhere CVS any health food store. For the 1st time in many many years I sleep peaceful restful sleep. Thank my God for guiding me to this ansewer. I hope this helps some one. Be very careful this is a real danger, I had Dr’s who knew what I was doing. Even then had some confusion,muscle problems , and blood pressure problems make sure u get help, and very slowly. It is so worth it. Good luck.

  48. Hello Mary. Taking 60 mg of Ambien at once can cause some health problems, make you feel ill, nauseated, and cause headache, and muscle pain. Remember that administering more than 10mg a night befor going to bed is not recommended.

  49. You would be surprised at how easy it is to get Ambien. I take it once every great while for sleep. I used to take it more because of insomnia, which is coming back. Anyway, I was taking 10mg, the typical dose. I now take half that because it gives me migraines the next day otherwise. Anyway, I get a 90 rx with refills. Every couple of months, I can refill it so that I don’t run out. I take it very rarely, so I have quite a supply. I don’t know why I keep filling it. Well, I do know. It is my safety net. I know I can escape if it comes down to it. But it has been a very long time, so that probably isn’t going to happen. That said, I’m going to take one now and hopefully get some sleep.

  50. I took ambien and built of a resistance and then i had to take 20 mg to even get an effect. I drove in my sleep, had inapropriate chats on Facebook and said things i would never say to people i was just auqiantances with . I was seriously embarassed and not only that i did not remember shit. I ate everything in the whole house including 25 minature pancakes, waffles, crackers and a box of ice cream. I gained 8 pounds in one week and it was horrible. The worst thing out of all of this besides the humiliation was the fact that an ex had called me and i ended up going to meet him, woke up at 4am in his room and remembered nothing at all. I mean zero. Then their was the alcohol i added to this which made things 10 times worse and no memory.Needless to say i was making a host of bad decisions and all of this stemmed from Ambien.When i tried to stop taking it i went to sleep and had night terrors, was seeing people that was not there and i was scared as hell. I am not taking it now and i am not drinking anymore but this drug caused me so much anxiety that i felt just like i did many years ago when i was in active addiction and never again. I will try yoga, exercising and meditation but never again will i try a hypnotic like this.

  51. Hi b. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for a free, on the phone assessment of overdose risk or with help on what to do next.

  52. I took 100mg and experienced some extreme symptoms the next day. My heart ached with palpitations, I was dizzy and almost fainted numerous times, it was extremely hard to breathe. I stuck it out because I really don’t have an addiction and was scared to go to the hospital and them want to admit me to rehab. I no longer take ambien, it was after the first pill that I just kept popping them like they where candy. Is this going to have long term effects? My fingernails are somewhat bluish and it’s the 3rd day. My heart no longer hurts but palpitations are still current and I have fits of anxiety that I’ve never experienced. Could there be long term damage here? Should I see my doctor? I’m a little freaked out that I’m just going to pass out and not wake up. I no longer take ambien and no longer will ever take it again.

  53. I have got addicted to alprax 4mg along with 50 mg of zolpidem but even this dose is not effective in sleep. I wanted to come out of drugs, but at the same time I want to have peaceful sleep. Please help me because so many doctors gave me alternative drugs that makes things worse (even one doctor has proscribed medazolam) Please give me proper and permanent solution.

  54. Hi Meghann. For acute overdose information, call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

  55. My ex took about 13 10mg AMBIEN two nights ago. He is experiencing the shakes and also extreme sweating. He was prescribed two a night but when he took them the other 11 and didnt know it. Went for a walk…doesnt remember even doin that.

  56. I’m so lucky and thankful that I’m still alive, I tried to commit suicide a couple years back. I took about 50 ambien, A handful of Ib Profin, and a handful of buspar. Obvious information but don’t ever take too much of this medication. I was sick for two days and that amount of ambien made it to where I was seeing double vision for a day, I don’t remember all of what I did, and it made me incapable of walking. I had to crawl to the fridge to get tea to prevent dehidration and my apartment was very messed up from trying to pick up food items and anything I could find to stay alive once I woke up. This medication has given me unwanted effects even in small recommended doses, blurry vision for example. I think it’s a dangerous drug.

  57. Hello Sam. Have you reported these symptoms to your prescribing doctor? Keep in mind that Ambien is not meant to be sued for more than 6 weeks at a time.

  58. I’ve been taking ambien for a year now to sleep. The weirdest is the memory loss of the last hour before bed. I can never remember what I was doing, or if I got up. There have been times I’ve gotten up and my roommates have had conversations with me in which I sound drunk. I won’t remember it until one of them tells me the next day.

  59. Hi Saucy. These are great questions. Both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment can work for you…but you can check out this flowchart to figure out which can be better for you: Check with your doctor about tapering doses of Ambien. Generally, it’s better to withdraw from zolpidem slowly, over the course of many weeks. S/He can set up an individualized tapering plan made just for you. Does this help?

  60. I am up to 400 mg per night and still cannot sleep. Do I need inpatient drug treatment? How long would it take me to ramp down on that dosage? Is outpatient treatment a viable solution?

  61. Hi Rich. Thanks for sharing more about the dangers of dosing on Ambien. I wonder if you’ve tried a more “gentle” sleeping aid such as melatonin or even lifestyle changes such as exercise and meditation? These might help if you give them some time to work.

  62. I recently ended up taking 8 Ambien. After I took my first 10mg pill, I went to bed. But I kept getting up and thinking I needed to take my meds. So, I took another. This happened all night until I had accidentally taken 80 mg. I have no memory of this. My wife counted my pills and was the one who discovered it. If you take Ambien, you will suffer from short-term memory loss. I once got dressed, drove to Walgreens at night and dropped off a Red Box movie. Again, I had no memory of this whatsoever.

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