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Is Ambien (zolpidem) addictive?

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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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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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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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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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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How do I overcome Ambien (zolpidem) addiction?

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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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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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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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Ambien (zolpidem) and claritind?

Sleepy not sneezy?: Ambien (zolpidem) will help you sleep; Claritin d will help with nasal allergy symptoms, but sometimes can cause restlessness and difficulty sleeping. ...Read more

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Ambien (Definition)

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