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Ambien, also known as zolpidem is a well-known medicine, which is used in order to treat insomnia. Ambien is sedative-hypnotic, which means that this drug depresses or slows down the body’s functions. That is why this drug helps to calm down and fall asleep. Ambien is available to use in a form of an oral spray, oral tablets or oral tablet extended release.
Only your doctor is able to determine which form of Ambien is the best for you to take. You should be very careful, while taking this drug, as it can have many side effects and before starting taking it, you should definitely consult with your doctor in order to prevent any worsening of your current health conditions.
Side effects of Ambien
Unfortunately, the major side effect of ambien is that it may cause severe allergic reaction. If you feel like you have some of the symptoms of allergy, such as swelling of your face, breathing difficulties, or hives. Other side effects of Ambien include:
- feeling of exhaustion,
- nose or throat irritation,
- nausea, diarrhea,
- pain in muscles,
Side effects can also include:
- chest pain,
- lack of appetite,
- loss of interest or pleasure.
Moreover, you need to know that ambien can interact with other medicine, so before starting taking Ambien you need to consult with your doctor in order to prevent worsening of your health condition. You can also have some side effects from withdrawal from Ambien, such as: cravings, insomnia can occur again, dysphoria, delirium, anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations and tremors.
How to take Ambien
Ambient is a prescription medicine, so you should take exactly what your doctor prescribed you. It is good to know that the recommended dosage of this medicine differs for the men and women. However, it is also known that the lowest effective dose for the patient must not exceed a total of 10 mg daily.
Furthermore, this drug can not be taken by children. You should take Ambien only after a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep before being active again. You should avoid taking Ambien when you travel, before driving, after drinking alcohol. This can be dangerous for your health.
Important things to know about Ambien
Ambien is a short-term use drug, as it can cause abuse or addiction. Moreover, if taken long term, there is a possibility of development of a tolerance, so the drug will not be effective as it used to be. There will be a need to increase the dose, which in a long run results in addiction. It is important to remember that you can get overdosed with this drug and it can be fatal, especially if it’s taken alongside some other medications or alcohol. You should never share your medicine with others, as it was mentioned above the dose can be different for men and women.
How long does Ambien stay in your body?
Ambien is fast-acting. It can also be eliminated from your system quite quickly in approximately 11 hours. However, you need to take into consideration that the complete elimination of Ambien can vary for different people, as it depends on factors, such as: age, liver and kidneys functions, health condition, etc. Ambien can be detected in urine for 24-48 hours and in blood tests for 6-20 hours.
People who frequently use this medication, especially if their doses exceed the recommended dosage, are at high risk of developing dependency or addiction. Your doctor will help you to avoid the progression of the drug abuse and recommend you some techniques or habits you need to take up in order to easily fall asleep, even without any medication.
What to do in order to quit Ambien?
As we already know, Ambien can cause severe addiction, as if it’s used for a long time, it stops being effective, so to get needed result you will need higher dose. If you want to safely and comfortably quit taking this drug, first of all you need to work with your doctor, who will gradually lower the dose of Ambien over time of a treatment.
You should remember that Ambien is a short-term solution, which will be even more effective if combined with therapy or any other methods, practices or habits that can influence your quality of sleep and wellbeing in general. You should also ask your doctor for some advice in order to improve or develop sleep habits to easily fall asleep without any help of medications.
Rehabilitation from Ambien addiction or abuse
If you are abusing Ambien with other drugs, you should seek out a drug rehabilitation program, which provides a medically supervised detox. Working with medical staff will help you to improve your attitude towards substance abuse and to develop healthy relationship with medications in order to avoid any further addictions in the future.