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Can I Become Addicted to Ambien?

“Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia).

Ambien is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. The extended-release form, Ambien CR, which has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep.” (

The big question that many people ask is, “Can I become addicted to Ambien?” Here’s the answer, there is a difference between becoming addicted and becoming dependent.

If you are prescribed Ambien, and take it as prescribed and never misuse the medication than it’s not likely that you will become addicted to it. When you take Ambien regularly it does however force your brain to change its neurochemical systems and once this happens, you will have side effects if you decide to suddenly stop taking it.

Addiction is another story. You can become addicted to Ambien if you misuse the medication and don’t take it as it was prescribed to you from your doctor. If you take more than what is prescribed, take it more frequently or take it with other substances such as alcohol or drugs then it’s very likely that you will become addicted to its effects. There are symptoms that you have an addiction to Ambien and they include craving Ambien, not having any sort of control on how much you take and not being able to stop taking it.

There are treatment options for Ambien addiction, if you feel that you or a loved one may be suffering from Ambien addiction please call us at 1-866-716-2006, we have staff available 24/7.

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