How Can People Navigate Effects of Ambien Detox and Withdrawal Safely?

Ambien is a drug that depresses the brain and body. When withdrawal kicks in, the person may want to take more of the drug to avoid experiencing debilitating side effects. In people who have not abused the drug, possible withdrawal side effects include nausea, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and confusion. Most people with zolpidem dependence experience some degree of ‘brain fog’ that inhibits the ability to think clearly. While dangerous physical withdrawal is rare, they may include changes in heart rate, confusion, agitation, seizures, or hallucinations.


Ambien has a fairly short half-life, the period of time needed for concentration or amount of drug in the body to be reduced by half. The drug typically clears the body within 24 to 48 hours. Ambien withdrawal occurs within the first 72 hours after last dose. Symptoms generally are most pronounced as Ambien leaves the system, resulting in cravings and difficulty sleeping. This may last days to weeks following last dose. Long-term users of the drug may find with chronic illnesses such as diabetes may require some days to detox.

Ambien Detox Treatment

Ambien detox is available for people who do inpatient and outpatient rehab. The drug is often abused with alcohol or other drugs for a combination high. Those with co-occurring addictions usually benefit from inpatient treatment for better medical monitoring that is tapered off over time. For some people, benzos and other drugs can be administered to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Following detox, people can continue to struggle with insomnia, so it is important to talk with a physician about treatment options to prevent relapse.
The best thing a person can do is to get into a rehab facility that provides care for ambien withdrawal. The challenge is making sure a person is not on other medication or taking other forms of drugs that can interfere with treatment. The goal is to make sure a person is safe when detoxing, so it will be necessary to find out all the drugs and alcohol a person used prior to treatment admittance. The focus needs to be on healing and finding ways to support that journey. There are so many challenges for people in recovery, but it is possible to recover well with the right treatment protocols, withdrawal support, and detox that cleans the system and gets the person ready for what’s next.

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