Ambien is prescribed for the treatment of insomnia as it is a sedative-hypnotic that is intended for the remedy of such conditions. Though a non-benzodiazepine the working of the Ambien is quite similar to that class. It affects the GABA receptors in the brain, reducing its activity, reducing hyperactivity, relaxing muscles, and providing an overall sedative effect that helps one fall asleep. It is to be used for the short term only to avoid risks of dependence and addiction. It is available as an extended version, sublingual, and as an oral spray. The only right way of using Ambien is to take it before going to bed. A well-rested respite of 7-8 is mandatory after taking this medication to avoid the effects of Ambien being experienced the following morning. Due to the rapid-acting property of the drug, the effects can be felt within minutes after consumption. 


How Long Does Ambien Stay In The System:

This is an intriguing factor as people might want to know if the medication has been completely eliminated from the body or if they might experience dependency or withdrawal symptoms if the consumption is stopped. Also, it can be useful if they have an upcoming drug test. Ambien is an effective medication and it can cause effects such as confusion, memory loss, sleepwalking, or daytime drowsiness. Therefore to match their body’s cycle with the drug cycle, it is quite useful to how long it stays in the human body. It is dependent on various factors such as age; body fat and body chemistry; and dosage amounts. 

Age: Younger the age, the faster the metabolism. The faster the metabolism, the faster the components are eliminated. Apart from dosage quantity, age is one important factor that should be taken into consideration.

Body Fat and Chemistry: Body weight and body fat also determine how long it stays in the system or how long it is eliminated. 

Dosage: Lesser dosage amounts are easier to metabolize and the effects can be felt relatively faster once the work is done they are efficiently eliminated. In the case of higher dosage amounts and chronic users, the metabolization takes some time which in turn affects the elimination. 


The half-life period of the Ambien is quite short, between two to three hours. In healthy adults, the average half-life is about 2.6 hours. This means that once the metabolization starts, half of it would be eliminated within 2.6hours. Complete eliminations happen between 11 to 16.5 hrs. It takes about 14hrs for it to be perfectly cleared from the body. That does not mean it is safe to go in for a drug test. It is capable of showing up in the results as the lingering metabolites happen even after the parent drug is eliminated. Even after a single dosage of minimal quantity, it may show up in urine drug screens for up to three days. 



Addiction to sleeping pills is quite an issue. The reason why it has not been prescribed for more than a week is due to this. This C-IV medication can be habit-forming and to experience increased effects they take dosage amounts higher than necessary. The reason behind increased doses is that their body has developed tolerance to its initial effectiveness.

A recent survey taken has shown that in the 12-17 age category, an estimated 46,000 adolescents are under the clutches of this medication and they also admit to using them. Those older are known to abuse the medication with other CNS depressants. 

The symptoms of addiction can be identified when the patients take dosage quantities more than the amount prescribed, crushing or powdering the medication, making use of someone else’s prescription to get their hands on the drug, always feeling drowsy or tired throughout the day, and an overwhelming urge to always take the drug.


What Can Be Done?

Treatments are available to get one off of Ambien addiction and the subsequent options can be taken into consideration. 

Getting the patient into therapy to understand the mind of the person and to know what triggered them to use increased amounts of this Ambien in the first place. 

Rehabilitation centers to help them stay away from the drug to enable safety weaning off. 

Detox programs to reduce dependence. 

If you notice symptoms of addiction in you or your loved ones, seek immediate medical help before the situation gets out of hand.