Ambien is a powerful sedative prescribed to people suffering from acute insomnia. 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.
The Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
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. The presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main signs of an addiction.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
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
Most Ambien addictions begin with a simple case of short-term insomnia. Many users do not understand the addictive qualities of Ambien and believe that since it has been prescribed by a physician, it is safe to use and will help them get the sleep they want.
Ambien becomes less and less effective after taking it for more than a couple weeks. 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. A pervasive advertising and marketing campaign popularised the properties of the drug as a sleep aid and make them known widely which then notoriously made it popular. This is a medication which is commonly used as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien presents as a small oblong shaped pill or a time-release pill. Some people try to get a stronger effect by crushing up the pills and snorting them. Other street names for Ambien are no-go's, zombie pills, sleep easier, tic-tacs and A-minus.
Ambien produces a strong sedative effect by binding to neuroreceptors that slow brain activity.
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. The manufacturers of Ambien marketed it as a not so addictive alternative.
Despite the makers of Ambien touting the drug's superiority over benzos, medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction. 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.
Some drugs are termed dangerous and listed under the Schedule IV controlled substance, Ambience is on the list too. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Abuse of Ambien is using the drug, Ambien, without a prescription from a physician. Ingesting an extra pill to help you get to sleep is also considered as abuse. The addicted person requires larger doses to fall asleep once they build a tolerance to Ambien.
Some people now exceed the recommended dosage in order to sleep, increasing their reliance on it.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but it is found that some people took the drug hours before going to sleep. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
The possibility to exceed the recommended dosage is not very high, making it the best for people who don't want to use benzodiazepine. It can get pretty difficult to detect an overdose of Ambien because there is no difference between the signs of an overdose to the effects from the drug.
As a potent central nervous system depressant, Ambien can slow a user's breathing and / or heart rate to the point of failure. The fatal overdose could be the outcome. A sign of danger for abuse of the drug are reduction in the heartbeat rate.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
Alcohol ranks very high among what are used with Ambien. The tolerance to Ambien leads to people needing higher doses of the drug just to fall asleep. Some people with an Ambien tolerance try to amplify the sedative effects of the drug by taking alcohol with their pill. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both are central nervous system depressants.
Other users mix Ambien with Valium which is a benzos drug.
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
Recovering from Ambien addiction begins with a medically assisted detox. The detox process helps prevent relapse and issues caused by withdrawal symptoms. There are many rehabilitation facilities offering inpatient or outpatient detoxification and psychological assistance to those addicted to Ambien. If you are prepared to quit Ambien call us now on 0800 772 3971 to understand the treatment options available to you.