Ambien Side Effects:
It’s recommended to only take Ambien when you can set aside seven to eight hours dedicated to sleep. Patients have reported some memory loss and lack of alertness if they wake up before the recommended amount of time. There have been cases of people experiencing residual side effects even twelve hours after taking the medication. While most ambien withdrawal symptoms reported are mild, one should use caution before considering taking this medication.
Dosage is based on several factors including age, gender, medical condition and other medications the patient is currently taking. Dizziness, drowsiness during the day and memory loss appear to be the most common reported side effects. If you experience any of these, you should contact the prescribing doctor in case the dose needs to be adjusted. Severe side effects that have been reported include depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior and anxiety.
Memory loss can be very dangerous if the patient engages in risky behavior while taking Ambien such as sex, driving and eating. There are reports of people engaging in these risky behaviors while they were asleep; they lack the ability to make a sound decision. Sleeping while walking, eating, driving and during sexual intercourse can result in serious consequences. Sleep walking can result in a fall, eating while sleeping poses a choking risk and driving puts everyone on the road in danger of getting into an accident. Those participating in sexual activity are more likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or become a victim of sexual assault. Serious allergic reactions are rare and include rash, itching/swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing.
People who abruptly stop taking this medication have a greater risk of additional side effects including nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, shaking and nervousness. Most doctors mitigate risk of these adverse effects by prescribing lower dosages, however, it’s not unusual for people to overuse or misuse Ambien. Taking more than the prescribed amount, using the medication for a longer duration than instructed or combining this medication with other medications can result in serious side effects; including death. When this medication is taken outside the scope of its prescription, the person taking the medication is putting him/herself at risk of addiction.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Ambien withdrawal or taking this medication with alcohol or other medications, such as opioids, you have likely developed an addiction. Although many people think that discontinuing the medication is easy, we caution those considering stopping this medication abruptly. There are side effects that will make a person very uncomfortable, often painful, when discontinuing this medication – especially when taken with other substances. Our compassionate medical team is here for you during this difficult time.
During the detox process, a patient experiencing ambien withdrawal should expect to feel mild, moderate and sometimes severe discomfort. The team at Daylight Recovery Center is staffed 24/7 to ensure a safe and encouraging environment for their patients. Regardless of the severity of the addiction, each patient is treated with the compassion and dignity that he/she deserves. Many people think that once the detox process is complete, it’s safe to go home. This is a very common misconception. Detox is only the first of many steps a patient will need to take to reach his/her goal of recovery. Our state-of-the-art center provides a calming and tranquil setting for patients to heal during the recovery process. Most addictions are attributed to a combination of chemical and behavioral dependencies. Detox is designed to alleviate the chemical dependency, but what about the behavioral side? Our clinical staff is trained to guide patients through the recovery process and provide tools and techniques that will help the patient stay on the right track upon discharge. Many forget that there is a root cause to addiction, and our team is here to help patients identify their “root cause” and teach them how to address issues that may cause a relapse. Daylight Recovery Center is here to help you reach the light at the end of the tunnel, so you can enjoy a life free from the chains of Ambien addiction.