Ambien (zolpidem) is used for sedation and hypnosis medically for the treatment of sleep problems. Ambien is being used as a sleep aid by many people suffering from insomnia. Some get it prescribed by their doctor while others start it on their own without consulting, which can be really dangerous.
Once you start taking zolpidem as a sleep aid long term, it is very difficult to stop taking it. The common side effects of long-term use of zolpidem as a sleep aid are drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, etc. Before starting on Ambien, it is wise to make your doctor aware of any kidney, liver, heart, lung, depression, or other health problems you are suffering from or of any other medication that you may be taking. This is because some medicines increase the side effects of zolpidem.
Zolpidem causes many withdrawal symptoms in those who stop taking it after long-term use. People who use zolpidem as a sleep aid should take it in exactly the same dosage as advised by their health care provider. This medicine is not recommended for children below the age of 18 years. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid zolpidem as it can pass to the baby.
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Zolpidem causes dependence after long-term use, and the body reacts when the dosage of this medicine is not available in the blood. Recommended dosage for Ambien for long-term use is 10 milligrams of the tablet or 12.5 milligrams of sustained-release tablets. It is advised not to break or crush the medicine, as it may cause sudden increase in its blood concentration and can be dangerous for your health. You must stop drinking alcohol while using Ambien to avoid serious side effects and withdrawal symptoms.
If you wish to avoid the withdrawal symptoms of Ambien after long-term use, do not stop taking it abruptly. You can taper down the dose as advised by your doctor to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Look out for some serious withdrawal symptoms like seizures when you stop taking zolpidem after long-term use and, if they do occur, consult your doctor right away. Insomnia usually returns after you stop taking Ambien and may even become worse.
Doctors always advise tapering down the dose of zolpidem as a sleep aid before advising you to stop taking it permanently. The best way to stop taking Ambien (zolpidem) and to avoid withdrawal symptoms after long-term use is to do it under medical supervision.
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