Ambien for Insomnia
Ambien is a commonly prescribed sleeping pill that was created in the early 1990’s, intended for the treatment of intermittent insomnia. Because of the powerful nature of the drug, Ambien is only recommended to be taken for a maximum of 2-6 weeks. Ambien can also be found in the generic form as a drug named Zolpidem, although the generic from is often harder to come by. One of the biggest problems with Ambien is that it often works so well that patients have a hard time giving up the drug. If they take it for an extended period of time over the initial 2-6 week recommended time frame, Ambien addiction and dependence can occur.
Ambien Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms
One of the first signs of an Ambien addiction is powerful withdrawal symptoms that can set in hours after discontinuing the drug. Ambien is not a drug that you can simply stop taking when you decide you no longer want to use the drug. Because the drug affects the central nervous system in such a unique way, suddenly quitting Ambien can result in sometimes severe withdrawal symptoms that can include:
- Extreme Anxiety and agitation
- Cramping in stomach and abdomen
- Bowel Irritations
- Aggressive and irrational behavior
- Sweating Profusely
- Panic Attacks
- Body Tremors
Treatment for an Ambien Addiction
If you, or a loved one, are currently suffering from any of these Ambien withdrawal symptoms, you should consult a physician or medical rehabilitation facility right away. While Ambien withdrawal symptoms are rarely life threatening, they can be extremely dangerous to individuals who are already in poor health or people prone to seizures. One of the best ways of treating an Ambien addiction is to visit a drug rehabilitation facility that specializes in Ambien addiction and Ambien detox services.
Often, one of the best types of rehabs to visit for an Ambien addiction are Suboxone clinics used to treating powerful withdrawal symptoms. While Suboxone clinics usually treat opiate addictions, many treat Ambien addictions as well, and can offer you the expertise and know-how needed for treating powerful withdrawal symptoms. These facilities specialize in medically assisted detox programs that can help to alleviate much of the pain associated with Ambien withdrawal symptoms. However, it is important to remember that Ambien detox is only the first step in a larger, more far-reaching treatment program that will include cognitive and behavioral therapy, counseling, relapse prevention, and after-care rehabilitation services.