Addicted To Ambien
Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
This non-benzodiazepine "Z drug" is medically as effective as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but without the same harmful properties and added two qualities which those drugs are popular for. 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 makers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as a less addictive alternative to benzos for people with acute insomnia.
Unfortunately, though Ambien is not as potent as the benzos, it is still addictive. In less than 14 days, one can develop reliance on the drug.
Users hardly notice they are addicted to Ambien until they try to sleep without taking it and then reality hits when they can't fall asleep. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
An Ambien addiction will also include the following signs
- Refilling prescriptions unusually often
- Repeatedly ingesting larger doses than prescribed
- 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. Since most users originally get the drug legitimately from a doctor to help them fall asleep, they do not think they can get addicted to it.
The desired effect Ambien has on the user reduces in a couple of weeks with continued use. 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. Throughout the world, Ambien is known to cure insomnia because of the world wide promotion it is given in the past. Its original use is a prescription drug for sleep disorder Ambien is taken by mouth as a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. For more impact, some users will grind the drug and use it through the nose. Slang terms for Ambien include no-go's, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tacs and A-minus.
By reducing the performance of the brain, the drug tranquilizes the user.
Before Ambien, benzodiazepines like Halcion were used but were criticized for their addictive properties, so Ambien was introduced into the market as an alternative. 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 is a controlled substance and falls under the category of schedule IV. The implication of this is that people will still abuse the as the Drug Enforcement Agency believes. Despite the warning provided many users have abused the drug for the euphoric and hallucinatory properties which are present.
Effects Of Abusing Ambien
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Even it is also considered abuse if you take an extra tablet for a little help in sleeping. When one becomes tolerant to the drug Ambien, they require more for the same effect.
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.
Taking Ambien a couple of hours away from bedtime becomes the norm for these people, this is not the correct way to take this drug as it should be used at bedtime. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
Just because Ambien has a less risk of overdose than other benzodiazepines does not make it any safer to get addicted to. 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.
Ambien can slow a user's breathing and / or heart rate to the point of failure because it is a potent central nervous system depressant. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. Unusually slow breathing or heartbeat is a strong indication that the user is in trouble.
Typical Drug Combos
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Someone who has become tolerant to Ambien will take higher dosages to be able to sleep. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. This is dangerous because both the drugs 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.
Statistics On Ambien Usage
Recovering from Ambien addiction begins with a medically assisted detox. The detox program ensures one does not relapse into abuse again while undergoing the 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. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.