Suddenly stopping Ambien will produce more severe withdrawal symptoms. Doctors recommend slowly reducing the dosage of Ambien, or tapering, which can take several months. If this is how you choose to stop using the drug, it’s essential to maintain constant contact with a medical professional. Your doctor will monitor the amount of Ambien you are taking and prescribe other medications to help with any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
A doctor can switch a patient’s prescription to an alternate medication during the tapering process. Your doctor may then taper that dosage gradually until you have safely withdrawn from Ambien.
There are many in- and outpatient treatment programs that can help you create a treatment plan designed for you. Since taking a high dose of Ambien over a longer period, it increases the likelihood of physical dependence, which is why a medically supervised detox is recommended. The severity of Ambien withdrawal symptoms can easily be treated by a detox and rehab program.