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Ambien Tapering, Weaning, Titration

Ambien Tapering, Weaning, Titration

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Last Updated on January 10, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Written by Diane Ridaeus
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Ambien tapering, weaning or titration without supervision, or done too fast can lead to disaster. To a chronically sleep-deprived person, Ambien can offer a faint glimmer of hope. However, the desperate urge to “fix” what is wrong can be authentically answered, using scientific, evidence-based approaches instead of shoveling drugs on top of other problems.

Ambien, sometimes referred to as a “sedative-hypnotic,” or “anxiolytic” drug, shares some characteristics with benzodiazepines but is really in a class of its own. Tapering Ambien is much safer and more predictable with compassionate help, and exact, strategic steps. We know how bad it can get. We have been there.

Do you need more than false hope? So did we.

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Alternative to Meds has refined Ambien tapering methods over a decade and a half now. Our published evidence shows how successful the right approach can be. While some may experience easier Ambien titration than others, it is not uncommon that the person has become neurotoxic, and the body has gone into sympathetic overdrive. Cleaning up toxic body burden is essential to be able to regulate neurochemistry back to normal. Chronic sleep problems can be ruinous. Finding and treating root causes is essential. Each person must be given a unique set of steps to accomplish this, resulting in the welcome relief of symptoms.
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Ambien:  A Drug of Nightmare

Ambien tapering Sleep deprivation is a serious problem for millions of people. Due to a failure of physicians to investigate further, drugs have become a popular “quick-fix”. Drugs are really no cure and can further ruin already compromised health. Drug-induced sleep is not a natural sleep. However, for drugmakers, Ambien has become an incredibly profitable product. But for the desperate insomniac, Ambien can literally become your worst nightmare … except that the unwitting person may be completely unaware of their actions while under its influence. These characteristics make close monitoring particularly necessary for tapering Ambien safely.

This unpredictable drug can literally take over a person’s actions which can become outside their own volitional control. This can lead to not only sleep-walking, but “sleep-texting,” “sleep-driving,” “sleep-cooking,” and any manner of odd behaviors, of which the person will have no memory. The drug creates euphoric effects. along with zombie-like after-effects that linger until the next dose. Ambien can easily become addictive both physically and psychologically.

This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as a form of mental illness named “sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic substance use disorder.” Tragically, drug companies have become prone to re-naming observably drug-induced injuries as “mental illness.” This would be almost laughable if it were not for the level of harm so caused. During weaning off Ambien, Do not despair because it is possible to mitigate these reactions using holistic methods.1

Tapering Ambien Allows Better Solutions

tapering Ambien holistic methodsSleeping pills offer only a fake solution to insomnia. It would be far better to seek to find the root causes of one’s sleep difficulties before resorting to heavy drugs. But where no other solution has been offered, in general, occasional or one-time use is the best option. That is because a person using Ambien regularly becomes at high risk for physical dependence. Once a person begins taking it more often than this, any semblance of sleep will likely become impossible without it.

In fact, the FDA cautions that Ambien, and drugs like it, should never be taken for more than a few weeks at the absolute outside.2 And even after such a short time, careful Ambien weaning and titration from Ambien are important. Holistic solutions are available for repairing sleep issues. Yet, many have been continuously prescribed for much longer, many years in some cases. That is usually a result of never attempting to discover the root causes of sleep problems, nor making any dietary, lifestyle, or other changes that could have lessened, if not eliminated the problem before resorting to high-powered knock-out type drugs such as Ambien.

Neurotoxin Lab Testing, Removal Helps Ambien Titration

lab testing neurotoxic accumulationsOver time, the body builds up accumulated neurotoxic material. The presence of toxic load can be assessed via lab testing. Removal can be achieved in gentle but effective measures. Mercury from dental amalgams, other heavy metals, residues from pesticides, water and air pollution, and food additives are all commonly found when tested. Drug residues can also lodge in fatty tissues until purged.

Using low-temperature sauna, nebulized glutathione treatments, mineral baths. ionic foot baths and targeted nutrients that convert toxins to water-soluble form are all actions that allow these harmful substances to be cleared out. The use of sauna is particularly helpful as it allows the removal process to bypass the liver and kidneys, so as to avoid negatively impacting these and other vital organs.

Importance of Diet During Ambien Tapering

keto nutritionA clean diet is provided based on sound principles of nutrition and allowing the body the raw materials to accelerate repair. Omitting sugar, refined flours, chemical preservatives and stimulants like caffeine are fundamental parts of the process.

A keto-based, mostly organic diet can be extremely beneficial when the body is repairing itself after drugs have been habitually used.3 It is not uncommon for a person to experience changes in sleep when the diet is changed. However, targeted supplements are also given to balance out these changes while the body and neurochemistry are normalizing. Fermented foods can be chosen at each meal to help repair and boost microbiome health, which is so important for brain health. The gut is commonly referred to as the “second brain” and must not be ignored in any comprehensive health regimen. Balance is the key concept so that sleep can be improved through these types of gentle, ongoing support.

Ambien Tapering Preparation:

  • Assess and remove toxic accumulations in the body (heavy metals, pesticides, etc.)
  • Fermented foods daily to help repair microbiome health
  • A keto-based diet that supports brain health (omit sugars, refined carbs, chemical preservatives)
  • Lifestyle changes that could begin to help regulate sleep.
  • Mild exercise as can be tolerated, preferably outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air.
  • Arrange a stay at a competent, inpatient facility with 24-hour monitoring and medical oversight.*
  • FDA warns never to attempt abruptly stopping Ambien or doing so without monitoring due to complications that may occur.

Overcoming Sleep Deficiency Without Drugs

InsomniaWhile coming off toxic drugs is a wise choice, it would be cruel to do so just to leave the person suffering from the very symptoms that led to taking prescription drugs in the first place. Sleeping pills are no different. Sleep deficiency is a destroyer of health, personal relations, job efficiency, anything in life can suffer relentlessly. It is possible to repair the factors that are contributing to poor sleep or the inability to get adequate rest. Women at the age of menopause have particular challenges, such as changes in hormones, mood shifts, and many others.4

Whether you are a woman suffering in menopause-related sleep issues,5 or a person stuck in a hamster wheel of stress and exhaustion or any combination of life factors that have affected your sleep, these can all be addressed holistically without resorting to drug-based “treatments.”

Find Out More About Alternative to Meds Ambien Tapering Programs

At the Alternative to Meds Center we have been helping people from all walks of life, all ages, genders, and backgrounds for over 15 years to improve health and achieve natural mental health. Our Ambien tapering programs can provide the tools you have been searching for to get to your health improvement goals safely, gently, and effectively.

We have been there ourselves, and know that orthomolecular medicine and holistic treatments are clearly under-used in mainstream medicine. We have made these tools the foundation of the programs we offer. Please contact us directly for an in-depth conversation, and find out more about how Ambien tapering inpatient style can change your life for the better.


1. Harvard Medical School Publication, “Sedative, Hypnotic or Anxiolytic Drug Use Disorder” Harvard Health [Internet] 2018 Dec [cited 2020 Jul 13]

2. FDA Label Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) [Internet] 1992 [cited 2020 Jul 13]

3. Breus MJ, “The Science Behind the Ketogenic Diet and Sleep.” Psychology Today Magazine [Internet] 2019 Dec 15 [cited 2020 Jul 15]

4. Harvard Women’s Health Watch, “In Search of Sleep.” Harvard Medical School Publication [Internet] 2020 Jun [cited 2020 Jul 15]

5. Pien G W, “How Does Menopause Affect My Sleep?” Johns Hopkins Womens Health [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Aug 23]



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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