I've been taking 10mg zolpidem (generic Ambien) for a couple of weeks. Last night I didn't take it and I had horrible, vivid nightmares. We're talking stuff from horror movies, really disturbing. Was I just having a bad night or can Ambien withdrawal cause this?
Can Ambien withdrawal cause nightmares?
Question posted by Anonymous on 3 May 2013
Last updated on 18 February 2022 by melissan201
From experience, I will definitely, guaranteed 100% have vivid nightmares if I do not take my medication.
I have been taking Ambien for quite some time. Whenever I do not take it I have horrible nightmares. They usually involve demons or someone trying to hunt me down and murder me. I want to stop taking it but I need to sleep because I am a first responder. The nightmares when I don’t take it are horrific and I experience fitful nights of “unrest”.
I get very vivid creepy nightmares over and over all night long if I skip a night or run out. They’re scary and reoccurring. And I can’t sleep - and this happens from skipping one night.
I have been taking 12.5 Zolpidem for a couple of years and it scares the life out of me. Basically I sleep maybe 2 hours a night on my own. With Zolpidem it goes to 4 hrs. Here's the dilemma. If i miss a dose the nightmares are so vivid and personal I wake up in a cold sweat. When I am taking it regularly, at least twice a month I sleepwalk usually ending with a thud when I hit the floor. I also fall from a sitting position as well
Because of fibromyalgia and menopause I lost the ability to sleep on my own. It was not unusual to go days without even taking a short nap. I started taking Zolpedim CR 12.5 about 10 years ago. I didn’t have nightmares when I would stop taking it because I just didn’t sleep. I felt trapped taking it because I didn’t have a choice, it was a matter of sleep or don’t sleep. My prescription lagged for a couple of days recently and I discovered that I was able to sleep the second night and it was a ray of hope in getting off the medication. This was important because of my Fibromyalgia and I just felt tired and lazy all day and I wondered if Zolpidem was the reason. I’m now only sleeping 5 to 6 broken hours a night but I feel better during the day. The creepy nightmares started that first night I slept on my own. They were creepy, dark and very vivid.
When I would wake up I felt watched and frightened like something was about to happen. I’ve now gone 2 weeks without taking my medication and the strange, violent dreams have toned way down. I didn’t have a nightmare last night so it’s definitely getting better. I’m getting less sleep but more natural sleep and I’m hoping that gets better too
Yes it certainly can! Each time I either fell asleep without taking Ambien accidentally or because I couldn't get the prescription renewed in time I have had horrible nightmares and really only slept about 2 hours having nightmares. I have been on Ambien 10mg about 8 years and it worked well at first but have noticed it not working as well at times. I usually take half the dose and if I wake up (which I always do) after about three hours I take the second half. This is better than no sleep at all or sleep racked with nightmares.
As a medical professional I’ve heard this numerous times and since it’s happening to me, it’s obvious there is a connection. Was never much of a dreamer. Now after stopping Ambien I have extremely vivid, grotesque night mares. Look up long term side effects & you will see for yourself. I’m also having panic attacks upon waking. Thank you
Nighttime is difficult because of severe back pain. Opioids relieve the pain, but they keep me awake so they do me no good. By changing venues and sleeping surfaces three times a night, I am able to get some sleep, but each awakening is painful and after a few nights of that, I need a break and take Ambien. I'll take it three or four nights, then go a few nights without it. I've done this for about a year, so I have a good amount of experience with coming off Ambien. Every time, without fail, I'll have a godawful nightmare soon after falling asleep the first night. I mean, the terror is beyond description. Once I get fully awake and screw up my courage, I get up for a few minutes. Sometimes I'll have a half cup of ice cream. After going back to sleep, I have no more nightmares until the next time I quit taking it. That has never failed to happen.
Very vivid dreams sometimes nightmares here but only 1-2 days after skipping use. If i take every other day or not more than 2 in a row then skip then no problem on days i skip with crazy dreams. Also if i use everyday i get throbbing like i am aware of every heartbeat. But if break up usage then symptoms barely noticible.
Yes it is def the Ambien. I been on it (10mg) for 10 years daily. If I miss one I get the same thing very bad and strange dreams. Its so bad..That has been of my reason to keep taking them
I take 5mg Zolpidem, as I live in a neighbourhood with frequent late-night noise, making sound sleep difficult. I've been taking Zolpidem for 4 or 5 months, intermittently.
Trying to break the habit I get terrifying nightmares within 30 minutes of going to sleep, without taking Zolpidem.
(Will close the windows tonight in case my yells of fright wake my neighbours.)
Does anyone know, please,for how many nights one can expect these withdrawal nightmares to recur, after stopping Zolpidem?
Any night I skip taking the ambien is the worst night imaginable. What do I do if I want to go out and have a few drinks? I don't want to mix the ambien and the alcohol, but my life is now a nightmare if I skip it.
I had a hip replacement about five weeks ago the last few weeks I've been on oxycodone I take Ambien CR 12 and a half milligrams for about a good eight years now I had such a horrific nightmare this afternoon after taking an oxy I was blaming it on the oxy but I've said to my husband remember the other nightmares I've had I think it's time for me to get off Ambien after reading everyone's comments now I'm really scared I have an appointment with my doctor next Monday I think it's time that I take this matter of my sleeping disorder into hand I know I need to get off Ambien I am afraid to go to sleep tonight after such a vivid awful nightmares but I had this afternoon
1,000 %. It has happened to me several times, when I've been taking Ambien for a while (months) and just stop. I've had the most vivid, horrific nightmares that seem terrifyingly real. It makes me wonder what effect Ambien has on our natural dream state. In any case, Ambien is not a drug to be taken for prolonged periods of time. And good luck with those dreams!
I thought I was the only one. When I know I can`t take mine I dread going to bed, wondering how bad my dreams will be. I work 3rd shift so I take it to sleep during the day. When I`m on vacation I try not to take it and the dreams get better by the 3rd night usually. Lousy side effect.
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