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.
Some drugs are called sedative-hypnotics and Ambien is a member of the drugs. 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.
The Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
Ambien is an addictive material, although it is not as habit-forming as benzos. 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 onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Ever growing dosage intake
Always wishing to take the drug
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
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. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it 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.
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. Ambien sleep inducing properties have been popularized so much that it has become the drug of the pop industry. 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 a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. 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 can produce a strong sedative effect by binding the neuroreceptors which can slow down activity of the brain.
Ambien is an alternative for benzodiazepines such as Halcion that were under increasing public scrutiny because of their addictive potential and numerous side effects. It is claimed by the makers of Ambien that their drug was safer and less addictive.
Despite the claim by the manufacturers that Ambien was superior to benzos, the medical fraternity has claimed that users can develop an addiction during any stage. Dr. Michael Weaver who is a specialist in the subject of addiction published a report in 2015 in which he claimed that non-benzodiazepine Z drugs were also quite popular but were prone to many problems, which are similar to benzodiazepines.
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled material. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. The reality is Ambien is abused because it causes euphoria and hallucinations.
Effects Of Abusing Ambien
Abusing the drug includes the consumption of Ambien without a prescription or in a way the doctor has not recommended. Taking more than recommended by a physician is also abuse 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 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.
In some ways, Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedatives because there is less 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.
Ambien is a potent central nervous system depressant and can slow down the breeding of the user along with the heart rate to the point of being harmful. The fatal overdose could be the outcome. 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. 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.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
The health risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
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. There are many rehabilitation facilities offering inpatient or outpatient detoxification and psychological assistance to those addicted to Ambien. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.