Ambien withdrawal symptoms occur when one decides to stop the usage of the medication abruptly or decrease the dosage amounts sharply. On account of Ambien, withdrawal side effects are portrayed as insomnia, irritability, and nausea. If you have been using the medication for quite some time and have stopped it suddenly can cause you to experience severe side effects like seizures. The process of detoxifying involves gradually reducing the dosage amounts until the user no longer feels the need for the medication.
What are the withdrawal symptoms of Ambien?
This medication was developed in such a way that it is less addictive than other benzodiazepines and this misconception has caused people to take higher doses than necessary which leads to the misuse and abuse of the medication.
Individuals who took the medication even in prescribed dosages can develop tolerance to the drug in the long run. When used for more than 2 weeks, the body develops tolerance where the effect of the regular dosage amount is diminished which causes them to take an increased amount to achieve the initial effects of the drug. Dependence happens when the individual is highly used to the presence and activities of the drug in the body and feels that in the absence, it is unable to perform the functions efficiently.
Withdrawal symptoms occur when the user either reduces the dosage amounts significantly or if you stop its intake completely without proper medical supervision. Doing so can be highly dangerous and in severe cases cause fatal complications.
It can be difficult to stop the usage of medication, especially when you are using it for a long time. The reason behind the difficulty of quitting this medication is due to the action of the ingredients in influencing the activities of the brain and the reason why people experience withdrawal symptoms when they quit is due to the brain figuring out its normal activity in the absence of the drug.
Seizures are one of the severe withdrawal symptoms and were observed in patients who have been taking high doses of the medication for a longer time. The following are the common withdrawal symptoms experienced in patients,
- High blood pressure
- Agitation and irritability
- Uncontrollable crying
- Nausea and vomiting
- Panic attacks
The motivation behind why Ambien is recommended for clinical use is to treat those having sleeping problems, for example, insomnia to assist them with falling asleep. Once they feel an improvement in their condition, they no longer need this medication and hence decide to stop using it. This can cause ‘rebound insomnia’ as they are unable to sleep without the aid of the medication. The risks of this side effect are further increased when abrupt cessation of the medication is done. In extreme cases, there have been reports of seizures, hallucinations, or delirium.
Rebound insomnia tends to happen to Ambien due to the property of the medication being able to suppress the CNS thus reducing the activity of certain nerves in the brain and when Ambien is suddenly not available, the brain finds it difficult to adapt to the change immediately. This is what outwardly manifested as increased restlessness and decreased ability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
If you have decided to stop the usage of the medication, talk to your doctor about what should be done and the necessary steps that ought to be followed. The first step to getting the person to stop using the medication is by tapering the dosage amounts followed by detox programs where the occurrence of complicated side effects is treated efficiently.
There have been situations where the rebound insomnia in Ambien users went on for a long time even after they chose to stop.
Duration of Ambien withdrawal:
The time it takes for withdrawal can vary from person to person depending on the duration of treatment and the dosage amounts that they have consumed. The symptoms tend to last for a few days or several weeks.
Intense symptoms are experienced by those who have been taking the medications for a longer time than recommended.
The optimal dosage amount that is recommended for consumption should not exceed more than 5mg, but in the case of those who have been addicted to the drug, they take as much as 10-20mg per day.
The first step to detox is to taper down the dosage levels. In this process, the dosage amounts will be gradually reduced under medical supervision. This process helps the user’s body to slowly adapt to the lessened dosage amounts. Additionally, drug tapering can also reduce the risk of the body reacting which leads to panic attacks, seizures, and convulsions. The tapering can yield results based on the person’s use of the medication, for some, the recovery happens after weeks of treatment while for some it can take months. Ambien detox primarily lessens the discomfort caused due to the cessation of the drug.
In some cases, a long-acting benzodiazepine like Valium is switched to Ambien users due to the withdrawal symptoms being similar to that of the former and it eases the symptoms that are caused due to quitting. If the person is addicted to the usage of Ambien severely, doctors usually recommend the Valium tapering regimen. However, it should be noted that valium is as potent as Ambien and therefore is used only as an exceptional measure where other detox treatments have yielded no results.
How to treat Ambien addiction:
Recoveries do offer therapeutically overseen detox programs as a feature of their projects. However, Ambien detox treatment is not as easy as the test, and managing a patient during the withdrawal period can be quite challenging. In addition to the tapering-off detox method, there are processes such as cognitive behavioral therapy that increase the chances of an efficient rec0very. A combination of the two helped patients to actively recover from Ambien dosage and withdrawal effects. If you know you are suffering from such issues, call the nearest rehab center and get the required treatment as soon as possible before it worsens and becomes life-threatening.