Ambien comes in pill or tablet form and is meant to be taken by mouth. The best way to take is as prescribed. Taking other ways, such as snorting or injecting can be dangerous. People may take Ambien in these ways if they are trying to get high from it.
- Ingestion: Ambien pills or tablets should be taken by mouth and swallowed. Ingesting Ambien allows it to be broken down and absorbed in proportion to the amount prescribed. An Ambien spray also exists, that is meant to be sprayed into the mouth and ingested in a similar manner to the pill.
- Snorting: Snorting ambien is usually done by crushing the pill or tablet into a powder and snorting it through a rolled up paper or straw directly into the nose. This method decreases the time it takes to feel the effects of . This is not a recommended route of administration, as is not meant to be snorted. Snorting can be very dangerous and can lead to an use disorder.
- Injection: Similar to snorting, some people may choose to inject Ambin to feel its effects faster. Shooting ambien is usually done by crushing the pill and dissolving it in water prior to injecting it directly into a vein. This is extremely dangerous and Ambien should not be taken this way. Injecting Ambien may lead to dependence and addiction.
Common signs and symptoms of Ambien addiction include:
- Crushing the pills and snorting them.
- Taking well before bedtime.
- Getting prescriptions from multiple doctors.
- Continuing to take despite dangerous behaviors like sleepwalking or sleep driving.
- Faking symptoms of insomnia just to get an prescription.
- Trying to limit use or stop completely but being unable.
- Spending a great deal of time and money trying to get and use .
Many people also abuse with other addictive substances like alcohol or benzodiazepines. This can be especially dangerous because abusing with other depressants can amplify the effects and cause overdose or death.
When you take , it starts working within 30 minutes. The half-life of (the amount of time it takes your body to eliminate half of the dose) is about 2.5 to 3 hours. For some people, may stay in the body a bit longer. It just depends on the person’s age, metabolism, organ function, and other individual factors.
Because is metabolized so quickly, it’s usually only detectable in urine for 24 to 48 hours. However, for someone taking high doses of , it may be detectable in urine for up to 72 hours. With a blood test, is detectable for about 6 to 20 hours or up to 48 hours if a person is taking high doses.