Risk of Dependency

Ambien, like many other sleep medications, carries a strong risk of dependency and can be highly addictive.

The Ambien Web site describes dependent prescribers as people who have difficulty quitting the sleep medicine. "If the medicine is suddenly stopped, the body is not able to function normally and unpleasant symptoms may occur. They may find that they have to keep taking the medicines either at the prescribed dose or at increasing doses just to avoid withdrawal symptoms."

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms may include:

The Web site also lists "rebound insomnia" as a symptom of withdrawal. This means that the person will have more difficulty getting to sleep the first few nights the medicine is stopped than they did before they ever started taking it.