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The Ambien Withdrawal Timeline Chart

A graphic display of Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms. Learn what to expect and WHEN here:

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What is Ambien Withdrawal?

As a sedative-hypnotic medication, Ambien (main ingredient zolpidem) is a psychoactive drug. Regular use can lead to physical or psychological addiction. In fact, Ambien is a highly addictive sleeping aid, and doctors are warned on the manufacturer’s label against prescription use Ambien for longer than a couple of weeks at a time.

What is Ambien withdrawal? Ambien withdrawal happens when a person becomes physically dependent on zolpidem and suddenly quits or lowers dosage of Ambien. When Ambien is no longer in the body, the system gets out of whack because it doesn’t know how to function without it. The body needs time to adapt the new Ambien-free environment. But, when does Ambien withdrawal occur? What are its symptoms?

Find the answers in our easy-to-understand Ambien infographic. And if you have any questions and/or comments, please post them in the section at the end. We’re eager to see what you think. In fact, we try to respond to all real-life questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Ambien Withdrawal Timeline

The onset of Ambien withdraw symptoms can manifest a few hours to a couple of days after the last taken dose of Ambien, and it may last from few day to a month (in some extreme cases, can last up to several months or a year). Rebound insomnia is common, as are mood disorders. Withdrawal from Ambien can be uncomfortable, and it’s best treated under medical supervision.

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What are the main Ambien withdrawal symptoms? Below is a detailed list of all symptoms of Ambien withdrawal within the common period of occurrence.

24-72 hours after the last Ambien dose:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Fearfulness
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Psychosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Shaking
  • Vomiting

Week 1 Ambien Withdrawal:

  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Paranoia

Week 2 Ambien Withdrawal:

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  • Brain fog
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleep stabilization

Week 3 Ambien Withdrawal:

  • Decreased cravings
  • Sleep disorders

Week 4 Ambien Withdrawal:

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  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Feeling better
  • Sleep stabilization

How Long Does Ambien Withdrawal Last?

Withdrawal from Ambien can last from few weeks to several months. It all depends from person’s health, frequency of use, and regular Ambien dosage. However, long-term Ambien users may experience protracted acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) that last for a longer period of time, usually lasting for at least 6 months after cessation. The most common Ambien PAWS include:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares

How can you best address Ambien withdrawal? The SAFEST way to manage withdrawal onset of symptoms is to seek medical detox support. You can also enroll into a reputable rehab facility, where trained medical professionals can help you ovecome the withdrawal process. Rehab helps people manage and address possible addiction so that they can live a drug-free life.

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Ambien Withdrawal Timeline Questions

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Still got questions about Ambien withdrawal? Please, feel free to post them in the comments section below. We try to respond to all legitimate inquiries ASAP.

Refference sources: FDA: Ambien Drug Label
National Library of Medicine: Modest abuse-related subjective effects of zolpidem in drug-naпve volunteers
DailyMed: Ambien CR
National Library of Medicine: Zolpidem withdrawal delirium
PubMed: Detoxification from high-dose zolpidem using diazepam
PubMed: Evidence of zolpidem abuse and dependence
NCBI: Zolpidem withdrawal delirium
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.

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  1. I have chronic neck, back and leg pain resulting in multiple surgeries. I take hydrocodone, 10/325 2 in a 24 hour period. I take soma as needed, nuerontin 300mg 1 at night and ambien and lorazepam as needed. I have been taking for years and want off. What is best way. Cant deal with withdrawals

    1. Hi Sharon. The best way to get off you medications is in a treatment facility and under medical supervision. I suggest you call our number and talk to our operators about your treatment options.

  2. I have been taking ambien for 15 years at 10mg tablets and want to quit. Should I take half tablets for a week or 2 then quarter tablets and then stop?

    1. Hi Jeff. I advise you to consult a doctor about the tapering schedule. They should evaluate your situation and determine the best way to taper off.

  3. I am have been on Ambien for approximately 2yrs, I have taken my last pill one night ago. I have many health problems such as, cardiomyopathy, afib, diabetes, Hypertension. I am afraid with all these health issues my withdrawals may be dangerous. Is there a true cause for alarm

  4. I am not in the USA now, but I need a consultation and advice of how to withdraw from ambien. I have been taking the drug for 8 months now. I kept the dosage low, staring from 10mg, and then reducing it to 7,5, then 5, and now to 2.5mg. I am 61 now, and had to start use it because of depression and severe insomnia. At the monet I am in Srilanka and cannot come to the USA. I wonder if I can get a professional guidance and help, and perhaps a home detox programm. I can pay for it. Thank you in advance.

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