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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Ambien Overview

Ambien Addiction TreatmentAmbien, which is the brand name for Zolpidem, is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia). Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release forms of zolpidem are Ambien, Intermezzo, Edluar, and Zolpimist, which are used to help you fall asleep. The extended-release form of zolpidem is AmbienCR, which has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep. Ambien, Edluar, and Zolpimist are used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. Intermezzo, is used to help you fall back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night and then have trouble sleeping. Your doctor will determine which form of zolpidem is best for you.

Ambien Signs of Abuse

  • Recurrent substance use resulting in a recurrent failure to fulfill work, school or home obligations
  • Recurrent substance use in physically hazardous situations such as driving or operating machinery
  • Substance use resulting in legal problems such as drug-related arrests
  • Continued use despite negative social or interpersonal consequences caused by Ambien use

Effects of Ambien Abuse

  • Chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling short of breath
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Feeling like you might pass out
  • Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling "drugged" or light-headed
  • Tired feeling, loss of coordination
  • Stuffy nose, dry mouth, nose or throat irritation
  • Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach
  • Headache, muscle pain

Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms of withdrawal from Ambien can vary. Some possible signs include but are not limited to:

  • Unpleasant feelings
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Stomach cramps
  • Panic attack
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures

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