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Long term use of Ambien

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by amatchmaker, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. amatchmaker

    amatchmaker Member

    I've been taking Ambien for insomnia for 6 months. It's prescribed by my psychiatrist, who has been treating me for over 5 years for bipolar disorder. I've done some online reading and research about its use and dangers regarding addiction. It mentions regular long-term use can be addictive, but I can't find anything that says exactly what's considered long-term use. I also read about the dangers of attempting withdrawal on your own. My doctor recommended that I only take it when I'm in bed for more than 20 minutes and can't get to sleep, ie, not necessarily taking it every single night. I'm getting a little concerned about extensive use. Can anyone shed some light and personal perspective on this? Thanks!
  2. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @amatchmaker.... The article at the link below might help you. According to the information there, if you take Ambien for more than 30 days, your body will start developing a higher tolerance to the drug. That can also lead to dependence.

    The Effects of Ambien Use

    You are right to be concerned, and I would definitely talk to your doctor about it.