1. What is Ambien high, and what does Ambien high feel like?

Even though Ambien is a short term medication meant for the treatment of sleeping problems, some people purchase this medication for using again and again to achieve a high feeling. This could be determined as Ambien high. People who want to get high on this medication use the drug more frequently reaching an extent where they take higher doses of the drug, even higher than the prescribed ones.

People high on Ambien might witness hallucinations due to the drugs hallucinogenic qualities and the ability to provide users of this drug a feeling similar to being drunk. It is often used as a replacement for alcohol during social events since Ambien high starts showing its effect within 15 to 30 minutes of usage.

2. How do I know if someone is taking Ambien?

People practicing Ambien might have certain common and serious side effects which could help in recognizing the person taking it.

The common side effects include:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Sore throat
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Stomach upset
  • Muscle pain
  • Euphoria
  • Constipation
  • Nasal irritation
  • Confusion
  • Visual changes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Lightheadedness
  • Tiredness

People who have been abusing this medication could suffer from serious long term side effects of the drug like:

  • Aggression
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Respiratory depression
  • Abnormal body movements
  • Slow response timing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Hallucinations
  • Delayed reflex reactions
  • Impaired judgment
  • Skin Rashes

3. How long does it take for Ambien high to kick in?

Ambien is a medication meant for short-term usage for treating insomnia or other sleeping disorders. Ambien, when practiced, hits the peak blood concentration and starts showing its effect within 30 minutes of usage. Thus it could be determined as a fast effecting medication.

However, people, who take this medication for the recreational purpose to achieve Ambien high it would start showing its effect after 15 to 30 minutes. This rapid effectiveness of Ambien makes it a suitable replacement for alcohol due to the hallucinogenic quality it has, and also it provides a similar sensation to one getting drunk.

4. How this medicine effect your brain?

This medicine belongs to the family of medications known as sedatives or hypnotics and is a Central nervous system depressant, which means it slows down the brain activity of the patient. Unlike any other central nervous system, depressant, Ambien affects the brain of the user in the same way by enhancing the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid, commonly known as GABA. It is a naturally occurring chemical present in the brain which sends messages to the neurotransmitter slowing down the activity of the brain. Since CNS depressants increase the activity of GABA chemicals in the people taking this medication for recreational purpose. This effect of Ambien produces a drowsy and calming influence in the patients abusing this medication.

5. How long does Ambien high last?

This medicine is a sleeping medication which is used for treating sleeping disorders, which hits the peak blood concentration of itself within 30 minutes of use. Thus we could consider it as a quickly affecting medication. However, people using this medication for treatment or recreational use should know that it is a medication to treat insomnia; hence, the effect of it starts ending quickly. The half-life of Ambien is 1.5 hours, which means a half dose of this medication leaves the users system during this time. The effect of Ambien or Ambien high could last for about 8 hours after usage. Still, the entire drug could take up to 14 hours to entirely leave the users system.

6. Can Ambien cause high cholesterol?

As we all know, Ambien is a sleeping medication used for treating insomnia. Thus, it helps people have a nice sleep of 8 hours. However, people abusing this medication to achieve Ambien high are at a greater risk of suffering from high cholesterol. Since sleep plays a vital role in affecting a patient’s cholesterol as both sleep and high cholesterol could be connected. Abusing Ambien could cause the patient having a problem in sleeping and sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 8 hours exposes the patient at greater risks of having high cholesterol.

7. Does this medicine cause hallucinations?

People who abuse this medication or practice it too often are exposed to the serious side effects this drug has. Hallucination is one of the serious side effects of abusing Ambien. However, hallucinations induced due to Ambien could occur in people depending upon certain factors. Individuals practicing this medication at hefty doses along with other substances like anti-depressants, alcohol, other sedatives, tranquilizers, or anti-anxiety medications are more likely to have hallucinations or other severe side effects. People abusing this medication to achieve a high from this drug could have visual, tactile, or auditory hallucinations.

8. Can Ambien cause high liver enzymes?

People with a history of liver disease or have liver problems should not take this medication as it could further damage the patients liver also leading to high liver enzymes. Using this medication with a damaged liver could increase the level of the drug in the patient’s body and even cause more side effects. People with damaged liver when using this medication could also suffer from hepatic encephalopathy, which is a condition where poor functioning of the liver causes a problem in the way a patient’s brain works.  Slurred speech, being confused, and being forgetful are certain symptoms of this disorder. People with severe liver damage should not take this medication.

What happens when you take too much Ambien?

Ambien, a popular brand name version for generic drug Zolpidem. In clinical trials, Zolpidem was shown to be effective and safe for a four-week period when used to initiate sleep. This medication is recommended for the treatment of disrupted sleep patterns. Zolpidem is a schedule IV-controlled substance that should be used very carefully. 

It is a prescription medication and should be used as prescribed by your doctor. When someone takes Ambien (Zolpidem) through over or more frequent doses, it can produce specific harmful symptoms. 

Serious symptoms of Ambien overdose 

  • Slowed breathing 
  • Severe drowsiness 
  • Slowed heartbeat 
  • Loss of consciousness and 
  • Coma. 

Common symptoms 

  • A feeling of being drugged
  • Constipation


  • Blurry vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Drowsiness. 
  • Joint pain, especially in the back or neck.