Ambien is a prescription sleep aid that is also known as Zolpidem. This medication is often prescribed to people who suffer from insomnia and struggle to fall asleep at night or stay asleep for long periods of time. It’s also commonly prescribed to people with anxiety who have trouble sleeping. It works to quiet the brain and induce feelings of sleepiness. 

While Ambien can be an effective treatment for insomnia, it can also have serious side effects and become habit-forming if taken incorrectly or for too long. In addition, it is a drug that can be abused. One of the most important things to consider when taking Ambien is how long it will stay in your system and how this could affect you. 

In this article, we will explore the question of how long does Ambien stay in your system and discuss potential risks associated with taking this medication, including addiction. Further, we’ll discuss how to get help if you think you might be addicted to Ambien and other prescription drugs. 


What Is Ambien?

Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomnia).

Ambien is used to treat insomnia and anxiety. The immediate-release Ambien is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. The extended-release form of Ambien, Intermezzo, which is a sublingual tablet, is used to help you fall asleep if you wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty returning to sleep.

Common side effects of Ambien include:

  • Drowsiness during the day
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Itching or skin rash
  • HeadacheHow Long Does Ambien Stay In Your System?

It is important to know how long Ambien stays in your system because it can help you make sure that you are taking the right amount. The half-life of a drug is the time it takes for the body to eliminate half of the drug. Ambien has a half-life of about two hours. This means that it takes about four hours for the body to eliminate all of the drug.

Factors Affecting How Long Ambien Stays in Your System

ut there are several factors that affect how long Ambien stays in your system. The most important factor is the individual’s metabolism. People with a faster metabolism will process the drug more quickly and it will be eliminated from their system sooner. Other factors that can affect how long Ambien stays in your system include:

  • Body mass – individuals who are overweight or obese may take longer to process and eliminate Ambien from their system
  • Age – older adults tend to have a slower metabolism, which means Ambien may stay in their system for a longer period of time
  • Kidney function – impaired kidney function can lead to a build-up of Ambien in the body
  • Liver function – liver dysfunction can also cause Ambien to accumulate in the body

These are just some of the factors that can influence how long Ambien stays in your system. Other medications or drugs can also have an effect on how long it takes ambien to leave the body.

With urine tests, which are the most common, Ambien can be detected for up to 72 hours, depending on dosage and the factors mentioned above. 

Ways to Detox From Ambien

There are a few different ways that you can detox from Ambien. The first way is to simply stop taking the medication. This can be done by gradually reducing your dosage over time, or by stopping completely cold turkey. However, stopping Ambien suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms, so it’s important to taper off slowly if possible.

But remember, it’s always most important to talk to a doctor or medical professional first. 

Another way to detox from Ambien is through flushing the drug out of your system with fluids. This can be done by drinking plenty of water and fluids like cranberry juice or herbal tea. You can also try sweating out the drug by exercising frequently or spending time in a sauna.

If you want to speed up the process of detoxing from Ambien, there are a few things you can do. One is to take supplements that help flush drugs out of your system, such as milk thistle or dandelion root. You can also try detoxification kits that contain herbs and other ingredients that help your body get rid of toxins.

Some Things to Consider

If you’re using these methods to try and hide your Ambien use, you may be addicted or have a problem. Never use these methods to try and hide your drug use. Ambien addiction, like any other addiction, is a serious medical condition and there is help available. 

Likely the best way to detox from Ambien is in a treatment facility like ours. Here we are in contact with doctors and other health professionals that can monitor your progress and health, therapies and treatments that can help you stay sober, and time to focus on your recovery. 

Get Help For Ambien Addiction

The amount of time that Ambien stays in your system can vary depending on several factors. If you are taking Ambien for a medical condition, it is important to talk to your doctor about how long you should expect it to stay in your system and what they recommend. 

However, if you are taking Ambien without the care of a doctor there are serious medical consequences, including addiction. 

If you or a loved one may be addicted to Ambien, give us a call at 888-985-2207, and we can help you understand treatment options. 

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