Addiction To Ambien
Ambien is a powerful sedative prescribed to people suffering from acute insomnia. Users can become addicted if they use Ambien longer than two weeks or at higher than prescribed doses.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. This non-benzodiazepine "z-drug" has the same medical effectiveness as benzodiazepines like Xanax without the same hazardous and habit-forming properties those drugs are known for.
The original purpose Ambien was formulated was to provide relief to people with sleep disorder without the risk of their becoming hooked on the drug.
Ambien is an addictive material, although it is not as habit-forming as benzos. A dependence on this drug can form in as short as two weeks period.
Many people don't know they have a problem until they stop taking the drug and realize they cannot sleep without it. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
An Ambien Dependent Person will also Exhibit the following
- Refilling prescriptions unusually often
- Abusing the drug regularly
- Experiencing cravings for Ambien
- Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
- Spending large amounts of money on the drug
- Withdrawing from and avoiding friends and loved ones
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it to help them sleep.
Ambien becomes less and less effective after taking it for more than a couple weeks. By this time, they cannot sleep at all without the drug and will need more dosage to fall asleep.
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Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. Due to a pervasive advertising campaign, the drug's properties as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious) in popular culture. It is essentially prescribed as a short-term treatment for insomnia. In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. In order to have a stronger effect many people are known to crush the tablets and to snort them nasally. Zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, sleepeasy and A-minus are the slang terms for Ambien.
Ambien can produce a strong sedative effect by binding the neuroreceptors which can slow down activity of 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. In 2015, addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver published a report on sedative abuse in which he said, "Non-benzodiazepine z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines."
Ambien falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. Despite the warning provided many users have abused the drug for the euphoric and hallucinatory properties which are present.
Ambien Misuse Effects
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. People typically need larger doses of Ambien when they build a tolerance for the drug.
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.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
The possibility to exceed the recommended dosage is not very high, making it the best for people who don't want to use benzodiazepine. The feelings of those who use the drug according to instructions and those who abuse it share similar experience which makes it difficult to know if the recommended dosage has been exceeded or not.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. The resultant effects could be a fatal overdose. A strong indication that the user of Ambien could be in trouble is usually detected by slow breathing and a low heartbeat.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
Alcohol is one of the most common substances, which is ingested along with Ambien. Exceeding the recommended dose to overcome insomnia becomes the norm for those who don't feel the effects of the drug as they had done previously. In order to feel more tranquilized, a couple of users use the drug with alcohol. This is dangerous because both drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
Combining the benzos with Ambien cause the health risks similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
The first step to getting rid of Ambien dependency is to go through a medically supervised detoxifying program. The procedure of the detox assists the patient to prevent a relapse along with help that is required to deal with withdrawal symptoms. The best ways to use the drug and effective methods of getting toxins from the body are what hospitals that cater for patients taking treatment from home or those living in the facility can help you with. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.