Effects of Long Term Ambien Use

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When someone uses a prescription sleep aid like Ambien for long periods of time, there is the potential for some fairly serious side effects. Most will lessen once a person has removed the substance from her system, but others may have a more prolonged effect on the individual, depending on the length of use or even abuse.

Dependency

  • Long-term use of Ambien can result in some level of dependency to the substance, meaning that the body will begin to create a need for the drug to actually get to sleep.

Addiction

  • This particular effect is different from dependency, but can go hand-in-hand. It is characterized by an abuse of the substance, meaning taking more or longer than prescribed, as well as "drug-seeking" behavior, which would be having multiple prescriptions from a number of doctors, acquiring early refills, manufacturing symptoms and even stealing or buying the medication.

Memory Loss

  • Some people will begin to experience memory loss from long-term use of Ambien. This wouldn't be memories already formed, but those not retained while actually on the drug.

Drowsiness

  • It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that long-term use of Ambien can result in moderate to severe drowsiness upon waking.

Dizziness

  • Some people who have been using Ambien for prolonged periods of time may begin to suffer from episodes of dizziness or lightheadedness.

Loss of Balance

  • While this is more of a symptom of another symptom, Ambien can prompt a person to lose balance or coordination.

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