Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Users can become addicted if they use Ambien longer than two weeks or at higher than prescribed doses.
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.
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.
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.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Abusing the drug regularly
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
Remaining isolated from family and friends
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.
If you use Ambien for some weeks, its potency reduces. 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.
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. It is essentially prescribed as a short-term treatment for insomnia. In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. Some people try to get a stronger effect by crushing up the pills and snorting them. 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 was primarily marketed as an alternative to benzodiazepines, like Halcion, which were coming under public scrutiny for their addictive potential and other side effects. 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."
Ambien is a controlled substance and falls under the category of schedule IV. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
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. When one becomes tolerant to the drug Ambien, they require more for the same effect.
This empowers their addiction to the drug to sleep and causes many users to increase their doses without medical instruction.
Taking Ambien a couple of hours away from bedtime becomes the norm for these people, this is not the correct way to take this drug as it should be used at bedtime. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
In some ways, because of the less potential to overdose on the drug the Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedative. The symptoms of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug, therefore, it might be difficult to detect an Ambien overdose.
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 resultant effects could be a fatal overdose. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
Alcohol ranks very high among what are used with Ambien. Exceeding the recommended dose to overcome insomnia becomes the norm for those who don't feel the effects of the drug as they had done previously. 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 the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
Other users mix Ambien with Valium which is a benzos drug.
Combining the benzos with Ambien cause the health risks similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
Assistance from doctors to remove the toxin from your body is the first step on your way to breaking the addiction. 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. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.