The short answer is yes, Ambien can get you high. It can create a euphoric high, and in some extreme cases even cause hallucinations. We’ll discuss what Ambien is made of, how it works on the body, and how to spot an addiction.

Zolpidem is the generic name of Ambien, which is used to treat sleep problems like insomnia in adults. If someone has trouble falling asleep, the medication may help them get a better night’s rest and even fall asleep faster. In the class of sedative-hypnotics, Ambien acts on the brain to produce a calming effect.

The peak effects of Ambien begin between 1.5 – 2 hours after being taken, and should only be taken when the user has a full 7 – 8 hours to sleep throughout the night. Typically, it is limited to short treatment periods of 1 – 2  weeks or less because of how addictive it has the potential to become.

When misused by resisting the sedative effects, Ambien can create a euphoric high. This also happens when the drug is taken in higher than normal doses. Although rare (affecting less than 5% of users), sometimes Ambien can cause hallucinations during normal use. Ambien can cause some negative side effects because of how it affects the central nervous system, which may include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness
  • lightheadedness
  • difficulty balancing
  • headache
  • ringing ears
  • pain or itching in the ears

Some people combine Ambien with other substances in order to achieve a high, but it can also be very dangerous by increasing the risk of adverse effects and/or overdose. When not used correctly, Ambien can cause a number of problems, including memory problems when the user does not have a full 7 – 8 hours of sleep after taking. It can also cause the user to do a variety of activities while asleep, including sleepwalking, cooking, driving, or even having sex, all which the person will have no recollection of after waking up the next day.

After using for more than a few weeks, the user can build up a tolerance and eventually develop an addiction. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • anxiety and agitation
  • abnormal or aggressive behavior
  • confusion
  • hallucinations
  • insomnia
  • suicidal thoughts and depression

An addiction to Ambien will cause the user to experiencing strong cravings, and they will be unable to go without taking it because of the withdrawal effects. Those who have struggled with addiction or drug abuse in the past may be more apt to develop an addiction to Ambien if used.


If you or a loved one is experiencing a problem with Ambien use, contact Treatment Now for treatment options and rehab programs.

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