How Can I Stop Taking Ambien?

How Can I Stop Taking Ambien?

It may be difficult to stop taking Ambien. Even if addiction has not begun, side effects may occur when trying to remove the medication from one’s system. Tolerance and physical dependence occurs relatively quickly. Learn more about Ambien dependence, addiction and how to stop taking the drug.

Just Quit

Many people cannot just stop taking Ambien. It is not about stopping the drug due to willpower, there are more complex reactions going on in the brain and body which create space for dependence to take hold. Zolpidem, the main ingredient in Ambien, is also one of the main culprits. Dependence on Ambien includes symptoms like:

  • Needing the drug every day
  • Needing more to sleep
  • Withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit

Side Effects

Quitting Ambien can result in some negative side effects that are helpful to notice. The effects may be serious enough to require hospitalization and may include:

  • Abdominal and muscle cramps
  • Convulsions
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting

Cold Turkey

It can be dangerous to quit the drug cold turkey just like that. Doctors recommend a gradual tapering of doses over weeks or even months, depending how long the person has taken the drug. Quitting suddenly may make the potential for severe side effects more ominous, including seizures.

Quitting Safely

It is easiest to quit Ambien and stay off when doses are reduced one small amount at a time. To discontinue hypnotic medications like Ambien, experts suggest a tapering schedule of withholding a dose every other day or third day. Doctors may develop a dosing schedule suitable for specific needs. The safest way to stop taking Ambien is by consulting a doctor. Instructions will make the process easier and more effective. Speaking with a mental health professional can provide needed support for the journey of recovery from Ambien dependence or addiction. Tools and resources can be provided to create a safe way of quitting with a community of support to rally around and keep momentum going throughout recovery.

Blueprints supports individuals who struggle with Ambien addiction or dependence on other prescription medication. If you or a loved one need help, do not hesitate to call us to find out how we can help you get on the track to recovery.


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