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Ambien Abuse Side Effects, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

Ambien is a sedative drug commonly prescribed to treat insomnia. While generally safe when taken as prescribed, Ambien has a high potential for misuse and addiction. Those struggling with Ambien addiction may benefit from evidence-based addiction treatment.
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What Is Ambien Used For?

Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem tartrate, a sedative drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep).

Other brand name formulations containing zolpidem include:

  • Edluar—a sublingual tablet.
  • Intermezzo—a sublingual tablet available in different doses.
  • ZolpiMist—an oral spray formulation.

As a short-acting, non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drug, Ambien is effective in initiating and maintaining sleep.

When taken as prescribed by a doctor, zolpidem helps patients with insomnia. However, it can also cause undesired side effects—especially among those who abuse it.


Ambien Abuse Treatment