The awareness that sleep cannot be achieved without Zolpidem is what prompts many to begin our in-home withdrawal program.
It is possible to stop taking Zolpidem and break the dependence to Zolpidem, but how long does Zolpidem withdrawal last? Zolpidem is a powerful sedative, highly addictive and must be tapered
slowly. Zolpidem exerts its effect on GABA-A receptors, millions that affect every system of the body.  Zolpidem loses its effect as modification to the GABA receptors occurs, requiring a dosage increase to achieve the same sedating qualities. Once tolerance to the Zolpidem occurs the drug will never be as effective and its time to safely taper off. Zolpidem, like all sleeping pills, have a withdrawal syndrome and side effect profile similar to benzodiazepines and we have found that a slow taper through an at-home program while promoting sleep and easing anxiety naturally provides the best chance of success. Studies on Zolpidem have produced growing evidence that Zolpidem has a strong potential for dependence and abuse, which is why Zolpidem was moved from a safe classification to a Scedule IV drug. Zolpidem is known to cause memory loss and night behaviors such as driving or eating without memory. If you need help to Withdraw from Zolpidem, contact our nonprofit.*
Below is information about Zolpidem, Zolpidem withdrawal, and how to stop taking Zolpidem naturally.
WHAT IS ZOLPIDEM WITHDRAWAL LIKE?
ZOLPIDEM WITHDRAWAL HELP - TAPERING OFF ZOLPIDEM
Over the last 17 years Point of Return has helped people in every state of the United States and in 87 countries to escape dependence to addictive medications. Zolpidem has been shown to cause withdrawal symptoms similar to benzodiazepines.  The Point of Return Program is a proven, holistic approach that allows you to step down on Zolpidem while helping to ease symptoms and promoting sleep with supplements that will not interact, yet provide the necessary relief. Your Zolpidem at-home weaning program is customized based on your situation and down under the guidance of Our Team, Your Physician and Pharmacist, and allows you to wean off Zolpidem at rates not available by the pharmaceutical companies. Our pre-taper is for Zolpidem symptom relief - you will not taper Zolpidem until you feel better. This is where our advanced nutraceuticals and holistic approach are critical due to the unique demands placed on your body and nervous system by the Zolpidem. Point of Return provides healthy, proven, Drug-Free strategies to help ease Zolpidem Withdrawal symptoms while supporting your well being.*
Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis. Our innovative approach to sleeping pill tapering encompasses a holistic method to empower you on your path to recovery. No need to attempt Zolpidem Withdrawal on your own, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.*
ZOLPIDEM WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE
- blurred vision
- body vibrations
- changes in perception
- distended abdomen
- feeling of unreality
- flu-like symptoms
- food cravings
- hair loss
- heart palpitations
- heavy limbs
- increased allergies
- increased sense of smell
- loss of balance
- metallic taste
- muscle spasms
- panic attacks
- persistent & unpleasant memories
- severe headaches
- short term memory loss
- sore mouth and tongue
- sound & light sensitivity
- speech difficulties
- suicidal thoughts
- unusually sensitive
- uncontrolled crying
- emesis 
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✔ Proven Tapering Program completed At-Home
✔ Slowly Stop Taking Zolpidem
✔ All-Natural Nutraceuticals to help ease symptoms and make Zolpidem Withdrawal more comfortable*
✔ Professional information and support to empower you
✔ Free Mentoring on our 24/7 private Discussion Board
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ZOLPIDEM WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE
How long does Zolpidem withdrawal last? The half-life of Zolpidem, or the time to clear the body, is short at 2-3 hours. Zolpidem withdrawal symptoms can occur rapidly, after reducing or missing one dose. Most will feel the Zolpidem withdrawals within a few hours but those that metabolize the drug more slowly may not recognize the withdrawals for several days. Rebound insomnia, confusion, anxiety, tremors and mood swings are early withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms can intensify over days or weeks. Zolpidem can cause both a psychological and physical dependency. 
ZOLPIDEM WITHDRAWAL SUCCESS STORIES
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ZOLPIDEM SIDE EFFECTS AND ADVERSE REACTIONS
ZOLPIDEM SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE:
Allergy, daytime drowsiness, dizziness, drugged feeling, headache, indigestion, nausea, difficulty with coordination, memory loss, tolerance, dependency, changes in behavior and thinking, more outgoing, strange behavior, agitation, worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts, abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, abnormal vision, amnesia, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, bronchitis, burning sensation, chest pain, confusion, constipation, coughing, daytime sleeping, decreased mental alertness, depression, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating, difficulty swallowing, diminished sensitivity to touch, dizziness on standing, double vision, dry mouth, emotional instability, exaggerated feeling of well-being, eye irritation, falling, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms, gas, general discomfort, hallucination, hiccup, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased sweating, infection, insomnia, itching, joint pain, lack of bladder control, lack of coordination, lethargy, light-headedness, loss of appetite, menstrual disorder, migraine, muscle pain, nasal inflammation, nervousness, numbness, paleness, prickling or tingling sensation, rapid heartbeat, rash, ringing in the ears, sinus inflammation, sleep disorder, speech difficulties, swelling due to fluid retention, taste abnormalities, throat inflammation, throbbing heartbeat, tremor, unconsciousness, upper
ZOLPIDEM ADVERSE REACTIONS MAY INCLUDE: per PDR
Severe: visual impairment, pulmonary embolism, ventricular tachycardia, pulmonary edema, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia exacerbation, anaphylactic shock, angioedema, GI obstruction, bronchospasm, renal failure, azotemia, thrombosis, bone fractures, intracranial bleeding, suicidal ideation, laryngeal edema, anaphylactoid reactions, hepatic encephalopathy
Moderate: hallucinations, amnesia, memory impairment, depression, palpitations, constipation, blurred vision, conjunctival hyperemia, impaired cognition, hypertension, chest pain, orthostatic hypotension, sinus tachycardia, edema, dysphagia, dyspenea, vainitis, dysuria, cystitis, urinary incontinence, hyperglycemia, elevated hepatic enzymes, dysarthria, migraine, hypotension, angina, phlebitis, furunculosis, bullous rash, gastritis, hemorrhoids, myashtenia, conjunctivitis, photopsia, hypoxia, urinary retention, impotence, gout, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, hyperbilirubinemia, anemia, lymphadenopathy, leukopenia, hot flashes, tetany, tolerance, confusion, euphoria, ataxia, complex sleep-related behaviors, respiratory depression, erythema, oral ulceration, jaundice, withdrawal, psychological dependence, physiological dependence
Mild: dizziness, headache, drowsiness, nausea, malaise, back pain, myalgia, sinusitis, fatigue, lethargy, anxiety, xerostomia, diarrhea, influenza, psychomotor impairment, rash, arthralgia, muscle cramps, abnormal dreams, nightmares, agitation, syncope, pallor, hyperhidrosis, pruritus, urticaria, anorexia, vomiting, dysgeusia, gastroesophageal reflux, flatulence, infection, fever, pharyngitis, tinnitus, occular irritation, occular pain, rhinitis, cough, menorrhagia, vaginal irritation, hypoesthesia, parethesias, emotional lability, tremor, flushing, photosensitivity, acne vulgaris, hypersalivation, eructation, dental caries, tenesmus, weight loss, restless legs syndrome, chills, lacrimation, epistaxis, laryngitis, mastalgia, nocturia, increased urinary frequency, polyuria, purpura, libido decrease, yawning, appetite stimulation, hiccups, dyspepsia, asthenia, diplopia, vertigo, insomnia, somnambulism, abdominal pain
ZOLPIDEM BOXED WARNINGS: per PDR:
Coadministration with other CNS depressants, complex sleep-related behaviors, driving or operating machinery, drug-induced complex sleep-related behaviors, ethanol ingestion.
Sedative-hypnotics can cause complex sleep-related behaviors such as phone calls, sexual activity, preparing and eating food, or sleep driving while not fully awake and in some cases having no memory of the event. These behaviors appear to be more frequent with nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine-receptor agonists (NBRAs), such as zolpidem, than other sedative-hypnotics. Although rare, serious injuries or death have occurred; therefore, zolpidem and other NBRAs are contraindicated in patients with a history of drug-induced complex sleep-related behaviors. Patients should be informed of the risks before receiving any medication from this class, including instructions to discontinue the medication if they experience a sleep-related episode and to contact their healthcare provider immediately. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of NBRAs to the FDA MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Because zolpidem has a rapid onset of action and causes CNS depressant activity, zolpidem products indicated for insomnia due to difficulty with sleep initiation should only be administered immediately before retiring and with at least 7 to 8 hours remaining before the planned time of waking. Zolpidem products indicated for difficulty returning to sleep after middle-of-the-night awakenings should only be taken while the patient is in bed and has at least 4 hours of bedtime remaining before the planned time of waking. Vehicle drivers and machine operators should be warned that hypnotics, such as zolpidem, have a possible risk of adverse reactions including drowsiness, prolonged reaction time, dizziness, sleepiness, blurred/double vision, reduced alertness and impaired driving, even the day after use. Patients should be instructed to avoid driving or operating machinery or performing other tasks requiring mental alertness for at least 8 hours after taking immediate-release formulations, and patients receiving the extended-release formulation should be alerted about the potential impact on such activities the full day after use. Patients receiving zolpidem for middle-of-the-night awakenings should wait for at least 4 hours after dosing and until they feel fully awake before driving or engaging in other activities requiring full mental alertness. Because zolpidem can cause drowsiness and a decreased level of consciousness, there is a higher risk of falls, particularly in the elderly, with the potential for subsequent severe injuries. Zolpidem use has been associated with severe injuries such as hip fractures and intracranial hemorrhage. Due to gender differences in the elimination of zolpidem, a lower initial dose is recommended in adult females (women). Plasma levels of zolpidem in some patients, particularly women, may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities requiring mental alertness, such as driving. The risk for next-morning impairment is higher if zolpidem products are taken without adherence to the proper hours for sleep recommended following use or if a higher than the recommended dose is taken. Risks for impairment are also increased during coadministration with other CNS depressants with zolpidem or with use of drugs that increase the blood levels of zolpidem. Concurrent alcohol or CNS depressant use increases the risk for CNS depression, impairment, complex sleep-related behaviors, and other additive effects. Patients taking zolpidem should avoid ethanol ingestion. Lower initial dosages of zolpidem should be considered in patients taking other CNS-depressant therapies. Anterograde amnesia may be particularly evident at zolpidem doses above 10 mg/day.
ZOLPIDEM TECHNICAL DATA AND REFERENCES
Following the rapid dose decrease or abrupt discontinuation of sedative/hypnotics, there have been reports of signs and symptoms similar to those associated with withdrawal from other CNS-depressant drugs [see Drug Abuse and Dependence (9)].
Physical dependence is a state of adaptation that is manifested by a specific withdrawal syndrome that can be produced by abrupt cessation, rapid dose reduction, decreasing blood level of the drug, and/or administration of an antagonist.
Sedative/hypnotics have produced withdrawal signs and symptoms following abrupt discontinuation. These reported symptoms range from mild dysphoria and insomnia to a withdrawal syndrome that may include abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremors, and convulsions. The following adverse events which are considered to meet the DSM-III-R criteria for uncomplicated sedative/hypnotic withdrawal were reported during U.S. clinical trials following placebo substitution occurring within 48 hours following last zolpidem treatment: fatigue, nausea, flushing, lightheadedness, uncontrolled crying, emesis, stomach cramps, panic attack, nervousness, and abdominal discomfort. These reported adverse events occurred at an incidence of 1% or less. However, available data cannot provide a reliable estimate of the incidence, if any, of dependence during treatment at recommended doses. Post-marketing reports of abuse, dependence and withdrawal have been received.
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