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how do you stop ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ambien (zolpidem): Work with your doctor on tapering, and applying sleep hygeine techniques.
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Detox and treatment: Ambien (zolpidem) addition can be very dangerous. If tapering doesn't work, a formal detox is needed. Ambien (zolpidem) detox is similar to alcohol or other sedative detox. Detox with benzodiazepines, barbiturates or anticonvulsants is the most likely withdrawal treatment after detox, treat the addiction like you would any other, with abstinence, therapy, support groups, drug screening, etc.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do I overcome Ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Lu answered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
Talk to your doctor: In general, overcoming addictions to sedatives like Ambien (zolpidem) requires tapering the dose slowly so as to avoid severe withdrawal side effects like seizures. Your doctor can counsel you on how to taper the drug effectively from your current dose and provide you with other medications that may be used to make the tapering process easier.
A 61-year-old member asked:

Is Ambien (zolpidem) addictive?

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Dr. Eric Weinstock
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Ambien (zolpidem): Ambien (zolpidem) can cause dependnece, though its potential for creating addiction is fairly low. Many people confuse addiction with physical dependence. Addiction is a condition where people misuse a medication or drug, taking it more than it has been prescribed. They do this for recreational or other purposes. Physical dependence is a phenomenon where a body can develop tolerance to a medication or drug.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What can my doctor do if I have Ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ambien (zolpidem) addiction: Your doc. Can gradually taper Ambien (zolpidem) over 1 week while use sleep hygiene & natural sleep aids such as kava kava or vallerien or melatonin.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of being of Ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
See below: When you are using more and more and sleeping less and less...Also many patients use them through the day as a tranquilizer.

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