Ambien Withdrawal

Ambien withdrawal can be an extremely difficult process depending on the extent of the Ambien abuse.   Ambien is closely related to the benzodiazepine family of medications and carry similar effects.  Seizures, rebound anxiety and rebound insomnia are a concern in the withdrawal process.  Rebound anxiety and insomnia are the return of symptoms for which the medication was originally prescribed for “rebounding’ in in an exaggerated condition during ambien withdrawal.

Inpatient Ambien Withdrawal

There is a risk of seizure if Ambien is stopped suddenly in patients who are physically dependent. It is advisable that an inpatient supervised detox setting be utilized, ambien can be withdrawn more quickly because there is proper medical treatment available and patients can be observed directly.

Ambien withdrawal is best done in a residential treatment center. This would be the typical 28 day program that should also include drug detox. It is especially important to engage patients in follow up treatment to establish new routines of treatment and behaviors.

Outpatient Ambien Withdrawal

Abruptly ending Ambien is not advisable and can result in a seizure.  The user stopping abruptly will result in two days to two weeks of withdrawal symptoms. If the person requires outpatient detox it is best  for the individual to taper their Ambien dosage in order to lessen the withdrawal symptoms, and this practice will result in a longer detox process. The length of time needed to taper the dosage is directly proportional to the dosage of Ambien being taken at the beginning of the process.

Ambien Risks

Ambien addiction can be deadly.   Suicidal tendencies are enhanced, and risk of overdose is greater among people diagnosed with depression. Taking too much Ambien can cause excessive drowsiness, even coma. At therapeutic doses, it can cause some people to “sleep-drive” or engage in other complex behaviors while not fully awake, putting themselves and others at risk.

If you or someone you know has developed Ambien dependence, it is best to talk to a qualified addiction specialist to find out the safest most effective treatment options available.

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