Victims of acute insomnia are advised by medical experts to use a very potent tranquilizer known as Ambien. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
Ambien is classified as a sedative-hypnotics. Xanax and benzodiazepines share the same effects on people with Ambien although the latter does not have addictive properties like the former.
The makers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as a less addictive alternative to benzos for people with acute insomnia.
One can develop reliance on Ambien despite the fact that people don't depend on it like other drugs in the same group. An addiction to this drug can form in as little as two weeks.
Many people don't know they have a problem until they stop taking the drug and realize they cannot sleep without it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
If using the drug costs you too much money
Remaining isolated from family and friends
Most Ambien addictions begin with a simple case of short-term insomnia. Many users do not understand the addictive qualities of Ambien and believe that since it has been prescribed by a physician, it is safe to use and will help them get the sleep they want.
Ambien becomes less and less effective after taking it for more than a couple weeks. After reaching this stage a number of users cannot stop taking Ambien because the insomnia would have worsened leaving them incapable of managing to sleep without the drug.
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. In popular culture, the drug's features as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious), due to the pervasive advertising campaign. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. Some people try to get a stronger effect by crushing up the pills and snorting them. Zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, sleepeasy and A-minus are the slang terms for Ambien.
Ambien dulls the nerve endings of the brain stem thus slowing down the brain.
Due to the negative consequences and the tendency to over depend on benzodiazepines and its replacement, Halcion, Ambien was formulated to give users a better option. The manufacturers of Ambien claimed that this drug was safer and less addictive than the others.
Doctors still say Ambien has the potential to become addictive the more an individual uses. A quote from specialist Dr. Michael Weaver, "Non-benzodiazepine Z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines." he said this in a published report on sedative abuse In 2015.
Ambien falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite this, the euphoric and hallucinatory effects of the drug make the people use it often.
Ambien Misuse Effects
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Ingesting an extra pill to help you get to sleep is also considered as abuse. Once someone builds a tolerance to Ambien, they need larger doses to fall asleep.
This usually strengthens their dependence on Ambien when looking to sleeping and causes many people to increase their doses without adequate guidance from a physician.
The medication is supposed to be taken just before one sleeps, but, you find people consuming it at all times of the day. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
Just because Ambien has a less risk of overdose than other benzodiazepines does not make it any safer to get addicted to. A person who has overdosed on Ambien will display the same symptoms as the drugs effects, so it is hard to spot an overdose victim.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. In order to feel more tranquilized, a couple of users use the drug with alcohol. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both are central nervous system depressants.
Valium is another drug that user's use with Ambien.
Since both benzos and Ambien are depressants of the central nervous system, the effect of using them together is the same as combining Ambien with alcohol and poses a dangerous risk of overdose that can lead death.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
Assistance from doctors to remove the toxin from your body is the first step on your way to breaking the addiction. The detox program ensures one does not relapse into abuse again while undergoing the withdrawal symptoms. There are many rehabilitation facilities offering inpatient or outpatient detoxification and psychological assistance to those addicted to Ambien. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.