Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
Some drugs are called sedative-hypnotics and Ambien is a member of the drugs. 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 Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. An addiction to this drug can form in as little as two weeks.
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:
Buying the drug again after you have exhausted it
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Strong desire for the drug
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Loved ones are treated as stringers
Temporary sleeplessness is the first sign of dependence on the drug. 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. At this point, some users can't stop taking the drug because their insomnia is even worse to the point they are no longer able to sleep without the drug, Ambien.
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 ingested orally and is available as a tiny oblong tablet or one which has qualities of extended-release. Some people may crush up the pills and snort them to get a stronger effect. Slang terms for Ambien include no-go's, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tacs and A-minus.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the brain activity.
Ambien was primarily marketed as an alternative to benzodiazepines, like Halcion, which were coming under public scrutiny for their addictive potential and other side effects. 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."
Some drugs are termed dangerous and listed under the Schedule IV controlled substance, Ambience is on the list too. The implication of this is that people will still abuse the as the Drug Enforcement Agency believes. The reality is Ambien is abused because it causes euphoria and hallucinations.
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. The addicted person requires larger doses to fall asleep once they build a tolerance to Ambien.
This strengthens their dependence on the drug to sleep which causes many users to escalate their doses without medical guidance.
The medication is supposed to be taken just before one sleeps, but, you find people consuming it at all times of the day. The resulting feeling of happiness gives the user a false self-confidence.
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 symptoms of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug, therefore, it might be difficult to detect an Ambien overdose.
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. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. A strong indication of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Most people combine Ambien with alcohol. 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. Either of the two can depress the central nervous system, and this can therefore be classified as dangerous.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it 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 On Ambien Usage
Recovering from Ambien addiction begins with a medically assisted detox. The procedure of the detox assists the patient to prevent a relapse along with help that is required to deal with 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.