People who are dealing with a problem of acute insomnia often find themselves with a prescription for a powerful sedative identified as Ambien. Using the Ambien longer than 2 weeks or at a higher than prescribed doses can make the users addicted to it.
Ambien is classified as a sedative-hypnotics. The same medical effectiveness is found in this non-benzodiazepine "z-drug" as benzodiazepines like Xanax without the same dangerous and habit-forming features those drugs are known for.
Ambien the not have the habit-forming qualities of benzos though it can be classified as an addictive substance.
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. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Strong desire for the drug
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
Most Ambien addictions begin with a simple case of short-term insomnia. The addictive potential of Ambien is underestimated by some users as it's prescribed by the doctor and it is only used to help them sleep.
The desired effect Ambien has on the user reduces in a couple of weeks with continued use. In the absence of Ambien, some people cannot sleep and that makes it difficult for most addicts to break the addiction.
Zolpidem is sold as Ambien. In popular culture, the drug's features as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious), due to the pervasive advertising campaign. This is a medication which is commonly used as a temporary 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. A-minus, zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, and sleepeasy are some of the street names of the drug.
Ambien dulls the nerve endings of the brain stem thus slowing down 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. It is claimed by the makers of Ambien that their drug was safer and less addictive.
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 Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] has clarified that the drug cannot be used by people for recreational purposes. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
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. When one becomes tolerant to the drug Ambien, they require more for the same effect.
Some people now exceed the recommended dosage in order to sleep, increasing their reliance on it.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. The early stages, after ingestion of Ambien, the drug gives rise to euphoria that gives a sense of washing away insecurity and any self-conscious behaviour.
Ambien can be considered as a safer alternative to benzodiazepine because the potential to overdose on the drug. 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 fatal overdose could be the outcome. Unusually slow breathing or heartbeat is a strong indication that the user is in trouble.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
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 drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Other users mix Ambien with Valium which is a benzos drug.
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.
Facts And Figures Of Ambien Misuse
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. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.