Ambien is a powerful sedative prescribed to people suffering from acute insomnia. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
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.
One can develop reliance on Ambien despite the fact that people don't depend on it like other drugs in the same group. A dependence on this drug can form in as short as two weeks period.
The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction. When people start to experience the side effects of quitting a drug, they realize how addicted they were to the drug.
Here are the signs of an Ambien addiction
- Buying the drug again after you have exhausted it
- Ever growing dosage intake
- Experiencing cravings for Ambien
- Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
- Using too much money to buy the drug
- Isolating oneself from family and friends
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
Ambien becomes less and less effective after taking it for more than a couple weeks. At this stage some users are unable to quit taking this drug because their insomnia has worsened to the point they cannot manage to sleep without Ambien.
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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. Helping people to overcome sleepiness for a short period of time is the original purpose doctors want it to serve. Ambien is taken by mouth as an extended-release tablet or as a small, oblong tablet. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. 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.
Ambien was marketed mainly as an alternative to Benzodiazepines, such as Halcion, which are known for their addictive potential and other side effects. The manufacturers of Ambien claimed that this drug was safer and less addictive than the others.
The addictive properties of the drug is on par with that of benzos according to physicians, a clear difference from the claims of the manufacturers. A report on sedative abuse by addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver was published in 2015, 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 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.
Effects Of Abusing Ambien
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Ingesting an extra pill to help you get to sleep is also considered as abuse. 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. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
Ambien can be considered as a safer alternative to benzodiazepine because the potential to overdose on the drug. It may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug.
Ambien has the potential to cause respiratory problems because it has the ability to reduce the performance of the central nervous system. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. Unusually slow breathing or heartbeat is a strong indication that the user is in trouble.
Preferred Drug Concoctions
Alcohol ranks very high among what are used with Ambien. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. Some people with an Ambien tolerance try to amplify the sedative effects of the drug by taking alcohol with their pill. This is dangerous because both drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Valium is another drug that user's use with Ambien.
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
The first step to getting rid of Ambien dependency is to go through a medically supervised detoxifying program. The relapse and the issues caused by withdrawal symptoms are avoided with the help of detox process. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.