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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. [1]  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.*

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Zolpidem was initially promoted as a safer alternative to benzodiazepines (Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Valium) but studies show that the risk was significantly underestimated, and time has shown that Zolpidem has the same side effect profile and withdrawal syndrome as a benzodiazepine. [2]  Rebound insomnia and significant anxiety when attempting to reduce or stop taking Zolpidem has been reported worldwide and raised the alarm among clinicians.  Being a sedative hypnotic, Zolpidem initially increases GABA which in turn induces sleep. As the GABA receptors are modified by the Zolpidem, sleep declines and insomnia, anxiety, irritability, tremors, inner restlessness and confusion are all indications that dependence to Zolpidem has occurred.   Once the GABA receptors have been modified it is essential to taper Zolpidem slowly, but we have also found that promoting sleep and easing anxiety through a powerful holistic approach has provided the best chance of success to get off Zolpidem successfully.*


Withdrawal from Zolpidem, like all sleeping pills, can cause significant symptoms including extreme insomnia, agitation, debilitating anxiety or panic attacks, sweating, fatigue, disorientation, restlessness and an increase in blood pressure. [3]  Zolpidem withdrawal symptoms can intensify if the drug is reduced too rapidly or if the dosage reductions are too large.  How long Zolpidem withdrawal lasts depends on several factors, but Zolpidem withdrawal symptoms can be minimized by a slow, gentle taper, and our nonprofit has found that using a proven holistic approach to promote sleep and help calm the nervous system provides a more comfortable taper. Natural sleep is possible! You can stop taking Zolpidem. We want you healing as you taper.*

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Over the last 17 years Point of Return has helped people in every state of the United States and in many countries to escape dependence to addictive medications.  Zolpidem has been shown to cause withdrawal symptoms similar to benzodiazepines. [4] 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. How long Zolpidem withdrawal lasts depends on several factors, but 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.* You can stop taking Zolpidem.

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 us.*

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  • pains
  • aching
  • agoraphobia
  • anxiety 
  • blurred vision 
  • body vibrations 
  • changes in perception
  • diarrhea 
  • distended abdomen 
  • feeling of unreality
  • flu-like symptoms 
  • flatulence
  • food cravings 
  • hair loss
  • heart palpitations
  • heavy limbs
  • increased allergies
  • increased sense of smell
  • insomnia
  • lethargy 
  • loss of balance 
  • metallic taste 
  • muscle spasms 
  • nightmares 
  • panic attacks 
  • paranoia  
  • persistent & unpleasant memories 
  • severe headaches 
  • shaking  
  • short term memory loss 
  • sore mouth and tongue  
  • sound & light sensitivity 
  • speech difficulties 
  • sweating 
  • suicidal thoughts 
  • tinnitus 
  • unusually sensitive  
  • fear  
  • dysphoria 
  • fatigue 
  • nausea  
  • lightheadednes 
  • uncontrolled crying 
  • emesis  [4]

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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.* [5]

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    Zolpidem (Ambien) was launched in 1992 for the treatment of insomnia and subsequently the DEA classified Zolpidem as safe compared to Halcion, which had demonstrated serious concerns.  The danger of Zolpidem surfaced when reports of night driving or eating, strange behavior and addiction were reported at an alarming rate. Zolpidem should only be used short term due to the risk of tolerance, drug dependence, rebound insomnia and central nervous system related adverse effects. Once tolerance to the sleeping pill has occurred it is recommended to do a gradual dose reduction to minimize symptoms that resemble benzodiazepine withdrawal.   

    Sales hit $1.8 billion by 2005 and Ambien (Zolpidem)was prescribed 40 million times in 2011 alone. The patent expired and the FDA approved thirteen generic forms of Zolpidem. 

    In 2001 Peter Buck (guitarist for R.E.M) went crazy on a British Airlines flight and nearly went to jail – he blamed Ambien (Zolpidem). In 2006 Patrick Kennedy, driving on Ambien (Zolpidem) had a terrible auto crash that made headlines. Shortly after, the FDA added multiple warnings on Ambien's (Zolpidem) label stating that the drug did cause people to drive, have sex or eat food without remembering. In 2013 the FDA lowered the dosage recommendations in half for Ambien (Zolpidem) for women stating, "blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving." 

    The number of emergency room visits involving adverse reactions to Zolpidem have jumped 220% in a five year period, according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). 74% of the patients were age 45 or older and 68% were women. The adverse reactions include daytime drowsiness, dizziness, hallucinations, agitation, sleep-walking, strange behavior without awareness and daytime drowsiness. 

    Zolpidem is classified as a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic however its effects are similar to those of benzodiazepines. And while Zolpidem showed effectiveness in initiating sleep, it did not adequately demonstrate effectiveness in maintaining sleep. 

    Zolpidem binds to a subtype of the GABA receptor. GABA is a neurotransmitter that primarily works to inhibit the activity of neurons and calm nerves. It basically counters too much stimulation on the nervous system. When Zolpidem binds to the GABA receptor, it slows and stops activity in certain parts of the brain thus its classification as a hypnotic. Zolpidem diminishes activity in parts of the brain that are responsible for processing thoughts. As tolerance to the drug occurs the nervous system become hyper-stimulated, increasing anxiety, insomnia, pain, cognitive impairment, and other symptoms.    

    Zolpidem should only be used short term due to the risk of tolerance, drug dependence, rebound insomnia and central nervous system related adverse effects.  

    Once tolerance to the sleeping pill has occurred it is recommended to do a gradual dose reduction to minimize symptoms that resemble benzodiazepine withdrawal. 

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    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 


    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 


    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.[64083] 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.

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    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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    *The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with Your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent throughout. 

    *This program is not meant to cure or prevent any disease or illness. 

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