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TEK - Nicaine's Pill Extraction Series - Ambien (zolpidem)

Discussion in 'Downers and sleeping pills' started by Nicaine, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Nicaine

    Nicaine Titanium Member

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    Jul 12, 2004
    Male from Rhode Island, U.S.A.
    For those who might want to try extracting more-or-less pure zolpidem tartrate from Ambien tablets, here's a recipe.


    * Five 10-mg standard release Ambien tablets.
    * Two 10ml glass contact lens vials, or equivalent.
    * 99% isopropyl alcohol (91% will work, but not as well).
    * Mortar/Pestle or other pill-crushing gear.
    * Standard eyedropper.
    * Microwaveable water glass or small coffee mug.
    * Piece of glass from an old flatbed scanner, or large/flat dinner plate (evaporation surface).
    * Blow dryer for hair (used for evaporation).
    * Razor blade with flat/dull end (can be used for scraping).
    * Small microwave-safe plate (for drying crystals).

    (1) Crush and pulverize the Ambien tablets. Transfer the powdered pills to one of the glass vials.

    (2) Add 7 or 8ml of isopropyl alcohol.

    (3) Cover the vial and shake thoroughly.

    (4) Microwave a 1/4 glass of water until boiling. Stand the glass vial inside the cup of water for a few minutes to heat the alcohol and help extract zolpidem from the pill cellulose. Make sure you ventilate the vial a couple times to keep pressure from building up. Remove vial of hot alcohol solution from cup and shake/shake/shake/shake.

    (5) Set the vial to cool. The contents of the pills (binders, etc) will begin to settle out.

    (6) In an hour or two, you should notice most of the pill contents sitting on the bottom of the vial. The liquid will not be completely clear, but that's OK. Using an eyedropper, transfer the clear-ish fluid to a second glass vial. Discard pill remnants on the bottom of the first vial.

    (7) Spread the isopropyl alcohol/zolpidem solution on the flatbed scanner glass or large/flat dinner plate. Using the blow dryer, evaporate away the isopropyl alcohol (ensure proper ventilation).

    (8) When the alcohol is completely evaporated, scrape zolpidem tartrate off the glass using a sharp razor blade. You will notice it's light, fluffy, hydrophilic and difficult to work with. Gather all the crystals and put them onto a small microwave-safe plate.

    (9) Microwave the crystals for 30 seconds or so to dehydrate.

    The resulting crystals are nearly pure zolpidem tartrate. They can be snorted, but it's quite painful. They can be administered rectally, or sublingually (under the tongue) if you can take the extreme bitter taste. I suppose a real nut-case could inject them, following proper microfiltering and sterile procedures. Note that there's likely still a small amount of cellulose and other pill binders present in the end result. Either a full A/B extraction or (at minimum) defatting with a nonpolar solvent following step 6 would be an excellent idea if someone were actually considering injection.

    See this patent on zolpidem salt forms for further information.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2006
  2. cochise

    cochise Newbie

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    Nov 18, 2006
    Thank you for posting this. SWIM has been looking for a safe/effective pill extraction method for a while. However, SWIM would like to learn more. SWIM would greatly appreciate it if these questions were answered by SWIY or SWISWIY (lawl) that has credible knowledge on the subject. The questions are:

    1) Would this method work for Ambien CR, or is it unique to immediate relase drugs?

    2)Would this method work for other pharms (immediate or extended-release) that may be in the HCL or sulphate form?
  3. bigorange420

    bigorange420 Newbie

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    Sep 16, 2007
    Male from U.S.A.
    I don't see why it wouldn't work with Ambien CR, all it is is half the pill is Ambien instant-release, and the other half is the controlled-release... So my guess is you'll end up just extracting the instant-release, but who knows, maybe you'll get the controlled-release too, I don't know, just going off common sense..
  4. bencamp1973

    bencamp1973 Newbie

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    Jan 17, 2010
    Male from Canada
    I have a few question to ask.

    1. would you lose some power of the pills (ex: let say I crush 5 pills after the extraction I have like 3 pills?)

    2. After the extraction would it be then water solubility?

    If someone could answer these question that would be very helpful.
  5. Nanashi

    Nanashi Titanium Member

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    Jan 12, 2011
    Female from earth
    Of course, isn't that the point?
    Can you reword this?It doesn't seem to make much sense
    After extraction you ingest it. I imagine it would be water soluble. Just a guess though.
  6. OpiateVoyager

    OpiateVoyager Newbie

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    Oct 29, 2013
    Male from U.S.A.
    Yeah, Like if it would dissolve under water so u could then put it in a rig. I just snorted a CR. i have plenty. : and this sounds interesting
  7. sledhead583

    sledhead583 Newbie

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Male from U.S.A.
    Interesting topic. Does anybody know if this would (theoretically) make smoking it better for the lungs (I realize this is a long shot). I doubt any studies have been done to test the dangers of inhaling binders or zolpidem itself. Seems like binders would make it more unhealthy. I guess smoking anything isn't good for the lungs though......