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Is prolonged use of Ambien dangerous?

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Rajive Goel 30 Sep 2010

Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) is a prescription sleeping medication that is used to treat short-term insomnia in adults. Just like with other sleeping medicines, there is the possibility of becoming addicted to Ambien. Addiction, or "dependence," is when a person feels like he or she needs to continue to take a medicine.

An addiction to this drug is more likely if the medicine has been taken daily for a longer period of time or at higher doses. It is also more likely in people with a history of alcohol or drug addictions.

When a person is addicted to a medicine, if the medicine is stopped, the body is not able to function properly and withdrawal symptom can occur.
Some Ambien withdrawal symptoms can include:

Sweating; Nausea; Fatigue; Insomnia; Irritability; Stomach cramps; Panic attacks.

When these problems occur, people often feel like they need to stay on their medicines just to prevent these symptoms from occurring again.

An addiction to Ambien is a serious problem that requires treatment. Take care, be well & safe!

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