Ambien is a prescription drug mainly used to treat insomnia. Excessive doses Ambien can result in various unwanted symptoms and even death in severe cases. Ambien may cause blackouts or amnesia. When this happens, a person may not remember what has happened for several hours after taking Ambien.
Addiction or dependence to Ambien can occur when used for longer than a few weeks or at high doses. People who have been dependent on alcohol or other drugs in the past generally have a greater chance of becoming addicted to Ambien.
Even when used as recommended, Ambien may cause emotional and/or physical dependence. Ambien has the potential to cause severe emotional and physical dependence in some, and these individuals may find it very difficult to stop using this medication.
Too much Ambien can cause respiratory distress, weak pulse, sluggishness, amnesia and even coma/death. The body can develop a tolerance to Ambien’s sleep inducing effects, prompting people to seek larger and larger doses. This can result in Ambien overdose. People who take too much Ambien may become excessively drowsy or even slip into a light coma. The symptoms of overdose are more severe if the person is also taking other central nervous system (CNS) depressant drugs and can be fatal.