Addiction To Ambien
Victims of acute insomnia are advised by medical experts to use a very potent tranquilizer known 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 in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. The manufacturers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as an alternative to benzos but, which had fewer addictive qualities, especially among people suffering from acute insomnia.
The Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
Although it is not as habit-forming as benzos, Ambien is an addictive substance. 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. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
An Ambien Dependent Person will also Exhibit the following
- Making requests for prescriptions frequently
- Abusing the drug regularly
- Strong desire for the drug
- Loss of memory with regards to previous harmful experiences
- Spending large amounts of money on the drug
- Isolating oneself 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.
The effects of Ambien start decreasing after taking it for more than a couple weeks. By this time, they cannot sleep at all without the drug and will need more dosage to fall asleep.
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Learn About Ambien
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. It is essentially prescribed as a short-term treatment for insomnia. Ambien presents as a small oblong shaped pill or a time-release pill. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. Slang terms for Ambien include the following no goes, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tics and A-minus.
By reducing the performance of the brain, the drug tranquilizes the user.
Before Ambien, benzodiazepines like Halcion were used but were criticized for their addictive properties, so Ambien was introduced into the market as an alternative. The manufacturers of Ambien claimed that this drug was safer and less addictive than the others.
Doctors still say Ambien has the potential to become addictive the more an individual uses. 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 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.
Ambien Misuse Effects
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Even it is also considered abuse if you take an extra tablet for a little help in sleeping. The need to overdose on the drug becomes stronger as the body responds slowly to the effects of the drug.
This tolerance causes the user to need a bigger dose in order to fall asleep, they illegally give themselves higher dosages.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but it is found that some people took the drug hours before going to sleep. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
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 may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
One of the most common substances used with Ambien is alcohol. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. This is dangerous because both the drugs 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.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
The first step to getting rid of Ambien dependency is to go through a medically supervised detoxifying program. The detox program ensures one does not relapse into abuse again while undergoing the 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.