People who are dealing with a problem of acute insomnia often find themselves with a prescription for a powerful sedative identified as Ambien. Users can become addicted if they use Ambien longer than two weeks or at higher than prescribed doses.
Ambien is placed in the class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. Though Ambien does not belong to the benzodiazepine "z-drug" class, it displays the same medical results as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but is not as dangerous or known to form serious dependency effects as benzodiazepines do.
People who are battling prolonged sleeplessness are given the drug as a replacement for benzos by the manufacturers because its rate of addiction is less than that of benzos.
One can develop reliance on Ambien despite the fact that people don't depend on it like other drugs in the same group. Many people fail to realise that they are dealing with the problem, unless they refrain from taking the drug and come across difficulties with sleeping.
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 presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main signs of an addiction.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly taking 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
Isolating oneself from family and friends
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
The desired effect Ambien has on the user reduces in a couple of weeks with continued use. 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. A pervasive advertising and marketing campaign popularised the properties of the drug as a sleep aid and make them known widely which then notoriously made it popular. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as an extended-release tablet or as a small, oblong tablet. For more impact, some users will grind the drug and use it through the nose. Slang terms for Ambien include the following: no goes, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tics and A-minus.
By reducing the performance of the brain, the drug tranquilizes the user.
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. Safe and without the potential for addiction were the words of the manufacturers of the drug.
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 is a controlled substance and falls under the category of schedule IV. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) claims that it means that people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Ambien Misuse Effects
Using the drug without a doctor's permission or beyond the recommended dose constitutes addiction Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. 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.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but it is found that some people took the drug hours before going to sleep. 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. It can get pretty difficult to detect an overdose of Ambien because there is no difference between the signs of an overdose to the effects from the drug.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Typical Drug Combos
Most people combine Ambien with alcohol. 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 drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it with benzos like Valium.
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 Misuse And The Stats
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually begins with a medically assisted detox. The relapse and the issues caused by withdrawal symptoms are avoided with the help of detox process. Many inpatient or outpatient rehab clinics provide resources for detox as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. If you are prepared to quit Ambien call us now on 0800 772 3971 to understand the treatment options available to you.