Abruptly stopping Ambien after an extended period of use, at any dosage, can lead to rather severe Ambien withdrawal which can last for a week or more. For this reason it is not recommended suddenly quit using Ambien without first consulting your doctor.
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Although Ambien is not considered to be highly addictive, it can become both physically and psychologically addictive to varying degrees depending on the individual.
Ambien Withdrawal may include the following symptoms:
- Aggressive or uncharacteristic behavior
- Stomach pains or muscle cramps
- Anxiety, panic or agitation
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dysphoria (depression)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Severe insomnia
Additionally, seizures have been reported during acute Ambien withdrawal, although this appears to be rare. Despite the extreme discomfort and unpleasant symptoms, Ambien withdrawal has not proven to be particularly life-threatening. However, withdrawals from similar CNS depressants can be life-threatening; thus, particular caution should be taken when coming off Ambien and one should never do it without first consulting a physician.
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