Ambien is a widely used sleeping pill which is commonly prescribed to deal with sleep troubles especially the insomnia. Ambien is the brand name of Zolpidem and is not alone in this regard. Other brand names of Zolpidem are Intermezzo, Ambien CR, Sublinox, Stilnox, Hypnogen Stilnoct and Zolsana.
Like all other medicines ambien too have its side effects. There is long list of these side effects but here I will be limited to the effects of over dosage only. We all better know that over dosage of any medicine is dangerous and the same is the case with ambien. The over dosage of ambien may create a lot of complications and even much higher amount may result in death too. But the first question is why someone will take an over dose of ambien?
People may take ambien in higher quantities more than suggested by the doctor for four reasons. First are those who want to increase the effect of the medicine to get more sleep. When they find that even after taking a prescribed dose of medicine, they are not succeeding to sleep well, they try more dose and in this try they may get over dose. Second are those who want to get just “high” in ambien. Third counting is of those persons who want to do some experiment about the effects of different quantities of ambien. They want to know the results of different doses of medicine. And finally are those who try to commit suicide, self killing or want to harm themselves. Although these one are very rare however they do exist. There may be some problem due to unawareness too. You should know that the ambien is for oral use and must be eaten directly. You should neither chew or break it in the mouth nor take it through injection or inhaling. Also the mixing of alcohol is forbidden. All these conditions may be dangerous and may lead to an over dose resulting in sever negative consequences.
Second question appears that how much ambien should be counted as an over dose. The initial answer is simple that the quantity taken more than prescribed should be considered an over dose. But this reply is not enough. It actually depends upon your weight, age, routines to medicines and your general health strength. Commonly the doctors prescribe 5mg to 10mg ambien dosage per day. It is obviously taken before going to sleep and in common conditions not recommended more that 10mg daily. Every amount more than this will take you to the over dosage stage unless the doctor thinks otherwise.
A little addition is far behind the question of killing and death. Zolpidem is not a fatal formula. However as you increase the quantity of the medicine, so the risk of over dosage, severe side effects and complications increases. In common routines the 70 mg ambien starts sever troubling. The amount of 400 to 600mg is very sever and is highly over dose of ambien. If all other things stay normal, this dose too cannot kill you. According to some statistics the killing dose may range to 2000mg.
An over dose of ambien may cause many complications like abnormal heart beat, disturbed breathing, memory loss and next day dizziness. All the activities after an over dose may get disturbed and cause trouble. Especially you should not drive, not make serious decisions and must not run some machine which has risk to harm you in case of negligence.