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How do I overcome Ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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How do I overcome Ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

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. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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How do you stop Ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

How do you stop Ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

Detox you safely: Ambien (zolpidem) addiction 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. ...Read more

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I just took 2 pills of Ambien (zolpidem) to overcome my insomnia. I also have moderate obstructive sleep apnea. How safe is this dosage 20 mg.

I just took 2 pills of Ambien (zolpidem) to overcome my insomnia.  I also have moderate obstructive sleep apnea. How safe is this dosage 20 mg.

Unsafe: your history and oversose on ambien (zolpidem) are both bad for sleep tablets used with a pt with OSA. seek medical attention as it suggests on the label as well as a better discussion of your med history and med issues with your past and future ambien (zolpidem) prescribers ...Read more

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Is Ambien (zolpidem) addictive?

Yes.: Dependence is possible and we see it regularly. Further, all sleep aids can cause issues with psychological dependence, and they truly change sleep architecture in unnatural ways. Ideally, these medications should not be used for more than a few weeks. ...Read more

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Is there any new sleep aid that is non-addictive beside Ambien (zolpidem) and melotonia?

Misinformed?: Ambien (zolpidem) is one of the most addictive medications ever developed and sold as a sleeping aid. The more we learn about this product the more many of us wish there was no such thing. It is thought that taking it seven days in a row leads to addiction. ...Read more

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How to safely wean off of prolonged Ambien use? My mother has been taking 5mg of Ambien nightly for over a year because of her insomnia, often taking 10mg on the weekends. This was prescribed by her doctor who said, " it is addictive, however, your 66 ye

How to safely wean off of prolonged Ambien use? My mother has been taking 5mg of Ambien nightly for over a year because of her insomnia, often taking 10mg on the weekends.  This was prescribed by her doctor who said, " it is addictive, however, your 66 ye

Addiction med MD: See an addiction medicine physician. Detox can be tricky. Ambien is not technically in the same class of drugs as valium, Ativan ; xanax (alprazolam) (benzodiazepines), but tho many doctors will tell you it is "safe, ":it is no different in terms of addiction and withdrawal. Your q cut off but if md said mom's age makes addiction less important, she may want to change mds. Addiction is a big problem in elders. ...Read more

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How do you overcome an addiction?

How do you overcome an addiction?

Tough question: No simple answer to this question. My belief's that a person MUST RESOLVE to change their behavior NOW. Not for convenience sake, or because someone else said but because they believe it is best for them. Next, they must find people sharing their point of view, passionately, & who can dedicate themselves to helping this person reach their goal (usually treatment Center setting). All the best! ...Read more

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Can I overcome a gaming addiction on my own?

Can I overcome a gaming addiction on my own?

Very difficult: This would be very difficult to do by yourself. Working with online gamers anonymous might be more helpful: http://www.Olganon.Org/ there would at least be some support for you, as well as a process of recovery. You might consider seeing a psychiatrist as well, to check for any other conditions that might sabotage your recovery. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best way to overcome an addiction?

What is the best way to overcome an addiction?

Addiction: Rehabilitation program & attending group activities, support from family and friends, and keeping good social network. ...Read more

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What are good ways to overcome my addiction to tarot cards?

What are good ways to overcome my addiction to tarot cards?

Tarot cards: What are you looking for from the tarot cards? Advice? Predictions? How are your relationships with live people you can talk with and enjoy doing things with? These are crucial issues for you. You've seemingly noticed that one activity is receiving an inordinate amount of your time. I know of no 12 step group specifically for tarot card users, but personal counseling may help you move on. ...Read more

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How can I overcome sex addiction?

How can I overcome sex addiction?

Get help: There are many psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who specialize in dealing with compulsive sexual behaviors. Boston has a huge number of them. There are many different forms that paraphilias can take, but the basic approach uses a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques to change behavior, while working on trauma history to find the cause ...Read more

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How can I overcome my addiction to salt?

How can I overcome my addiction to salt?

Salt addiction: Daily recommended salt intake is 1, 500 mg. Or two thirds of teaspoon of salt. Some suggestions are to cut down fast foods intake, cook with non-processed ingredients & season with spices other than salt. Limiting your table salt intake with not just benefit your heart, it will help keep your weight down. ...Read more

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Is there a way to overcome an addiction to sugar?

Is there a way to overcome an addiction to sugar?

Not ONE answer: America and much of the western world (and increasingly the developing world) are in the middle of an obesity epidemic, and sugar "addiction" is just one part of that. Sometimes, overeating represents underlying psychological/emotional issues, and a mental health professional can help. There are many ways to diet and to make better food choices. Talk to your doctor, and consider seeing dietician. ...Read more

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What can you do to overcome a compulsive smartphone addiction?

What can you do to overcome a compulsive smartphone addiction?

SmartPhone Addiction: Gallup poll shows half of American smartphone users "can't imagine" life without their device. Here are research-backed tips to kick the habit: 1) recognize UR problem--studies have linked phone dependency to stress, anxiety, poor cognitive performance; 2) set short-term goals & wean 1/2 hour between stealing peeks; 3) give your contacts a heads up; 4) shut it down before bed. Ref: Time,7/27/15 ...Read more

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What are good ways to overcome my lifelong addiction to sugar?

What are good ways to overcome my lifelong addiction to sugar?

Information: Sugar is not a truly addicting substance. Substituting thing other that sugar gradually may help. It requires inner personal strength. ...Read more

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What is the best way for overcoming zopiclone/zolpione addiction?

Gradually: Zopiclone is like all of the other "z-drugs" for insomnia that are called "non-benzodiazepines" due to their chemical structure, but cause the same chemical effects in the brain as benzos, and will lead to the same sort of tolerance and benzo withdrawal symptoms. Either reduce it very gradually, or have your physician switch you to valium then gradually taper dosage over of several months. ...Read more

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How can I satisfy my blood addiction? What can I do to overcome it?

How can I satisfy my blood addiction? What can I do to overcome it?

Psychiatric Help: As with most addictions- psychiatric evaluation and treatment can be beneficial. ...Read more

Ambien (Definition)

Zolpidem is a sleep-inducer which is a kind of ...Read more