Ambien dosage should be determined on an individual basis. A physician will help the individual determine the lowest dose that will have an effect on them. This is the dose that they should take. Ambien is available in 5 mg and 10 mg pills. In general, the recommended dose for adults is 10 mg of Ambien per day. The max dose that should be taken in a day is 10 mg.
Ambien CR dosing is a little different, due to its extended release formula. It is available in 6.25 mg and 12.5 mg tablets. The recommended dose for adults is 12.5 mg taken right before bedtime. The max dose per day is 12.5 mg.
Both Ambien and Ambien CR should be taken right before bed, as it is fast-acting and the person will start to feel the effects shortly after taking it. The sleep-inducing effects will last for seven to eight hours, so the person should make sure that they can get a full night of sleep after taking it. It should also be taken on an empty stomach, as taking it with a meal or shortly after eating will take longer for it to work.
Ambien is meant to be a short-term treatment for a person who is experiencing insomnia. It should only be used for a few weeks at a time. The longer a person takes Ambien, the higher their risk of addiction.
Common signs and symptoms of Ambien addiction include:
- Crushing the pills and snorting them.
- Taking Ambien well before bedtime.
- Getting Ambien prescriptions from multiple doctors.
- Continuing to take Ambien despite dangerous behaviors like sleepwalking or sleep driving.
- Faking symptoms of insomnia just to get an Ambien prescription.
- Trying to limit Ambien use or stop completely but being unable.
- Spending a great deal of time and money trying to get and use Ambien.
Many people also abuse Ambien with other addictive substances like alcohol or benzodiazepines. This can be especially dangerous because abusing Ambien with other depressants can amplify the effects and cause overdose or death.
How Long Does Ambien Stay In Your System?
When you take Ambien, it starts working within 30 minutes. The half-life of Ambien (the amount of time it takes your body to eliminate half of the dose) is about 2.5 to 3 hours. For some people, Ambien may stay in the body a bit longer. It just depends on the person’s age, metabolism, organ function, and other individual factors.
Because Ambien is metabolized so quickly, it’s usually only detectable in urine for 24 to 48 hours. However, for someone taking high doses of Ambien, it may be detectable in urine for up to 72 hours. With a blood test, Ambien is detectable for about 6 to 20 hours or up to 48 hours if a person is taking high doses.