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Is Ambien Addictive
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
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 (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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Detox and treatment: Ambien addition can be very dangerous. If tapering doesn't work, a formal detox is needed. Ambien 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to your doctor: In general, overcoming addictions to sedatives like Ambien 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Detox you safely: Ambien addiction can be very dangerous. If tapering doesn't work, a formal detox is needed. Ambien 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm prescribed 10mg Ambien to take every night, and been on it for 5+ months. I've built up a tolerance, is there a higher dose I can take?
No: Ambien 10 mg is the maximum dose. The problem with ALL the tranquilizer type sleep meds is you build a tolerance to them and they don't work after a while. This is why it's best not to take these every night. Taking them every 2-3 nights works better. Alternative meds that could help with sleep are Trazodone, Remeron, or Vistaril. These often are not addicting/do not cause tolerance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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