Doctors prescribe Ambien to help patients who suffer from chronic insomnia. While it is an effective drug, it is not designed for long-term use. Therefore, a physician should stop prescribing Ambien if the patient continues to request the drug. There is a reason for this: Ambien is highly addictive. Furthermore, stopping the use of the drug can lead to severe Ambien withdrawal.
Ambien abuse continues to rise in the U.S., as more people become aware of its euphoric and relaxing effects. Furthermore, many patients will increase the dosage as the effects of the medication wear off. This leads to dependency and a full-blown addiction.
Ambien withdrawal can lead to a wide range of withdrawal symptoms including:
- Anxiety, depression, or mood swings
- Severe cravings that can take weeks to go away
- Nausea, vomiting, and stomach problems
- Panic attacks or delirium
- Seizures and increased heart rate
- Abdominal cramps or discomfort
Many of the symptoms start within 48 hours of taking the last dose. The will increase over the next two to three days and then start to diminish. The timeline for full detox can take up to two weeks. This includes both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
Even if you start to feel better physically, your cravings will continue into rehab. You may also experience panic or anxiety attacks as symptoms of withdrawal.
Factors That Determine Detox Recovery
There are several factors that determine the length and severity of Ambien withdrawal such as:
The Duration of Your Addiction
If you have been taking Ambien for several months or years, then your withdrawal period could take several weeks. Your symptoms may also be more acute. You will likely need 24/7 supervision and medication to curb the symptoms.
The Ambien Dosage
Doctors often prescribe the lowest dosage possible for Ambien. If you have been increasing the dosage over a long period, then the withdrawal will more severe and take longer. Your body needs to gradually lose its tolerance for the drug.
Extended-release Ambien often comes in higher dosages than regular Ambien. If you take the drug more than once a day, then you are doubling the dosage. This can lead to intense withdrawal symptoms that can be painful or cause severe discomfort.
People who are addicted to Ambien may also be addicted to other drugs or alcohol. If you compound substances and take them at once, then you may experience a wider range of withdrawal symptoms from each substance. Detox could take much longer to complete.
Get Help for Ambien Addiction at Summit Detox
Ambien withdrawal may be difficult. However, with the right help, you can complete your detox program and move on to rehab. Summit Detox offers a comprehensive detox program and relaxing facilities. Our staff is on hand to help you get through detox comfortably.
To find out more about Ambien withdrawal, contact us today at 866.341.0638. We can go over your treatment options and get you started with detox right away. At Summit Detox, we provide the first step to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.