Ambien is a powerful sedative prescribed to people suffering from acute 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. Though Ambien does not belong to the benzodiazepine "z-drug" class, it displays the same medical results as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but is not as dangerous or known to form serious dependency effects as benzodiazepines do.
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.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
Here are the signs of an Ambien addiction:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Withdrawing from and avoiding friends and loved ones
A simple case of short-term amnesia is all that is required for an Ambien addiction to begin. Since most users originally get the drug legitimately from a doctor to help them fall asleep, they do not think they can get addicted to it.
The effects of Ambien start decreasing after taking it for more than a couple weeks. 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.
Zolpidem is sold as Ambien. 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 is taken by mouth as a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. Other street names for Ambien are no-go's, zombie pills, sleep easier, tic-tacs and A-minus.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the brain activity.
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. The makers of Ambien claimed 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. 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 is a schedule IV controlled material. The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] has clarified that the drug cannot be used by people for recreational purposes. Despite this, the euphoric and hallucinatory effects of the drug make the people use it often.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Taking more than recommended by a physician is also abuse Once someone builds a tolerance to Ambien, they need larger doses to fall asleep.
Some people now exceed the recommended dosage in order to sleep, increasing their reliance on it.
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.
The possibility to exceed the recommended dosage is not very high, making it the best for people who don't want to use benzodiazepine. 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 can slow a user's breathing and / or heart rate to the point of failure because it is a potent central nervous system depressant. The fatal overdose could be the outcome. 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. 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.
Valium is another drug that user's use with Ambien.
The risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to combining these drugs with alcohol with the most dangerous substances at hand.
Ambien Misuse And The Stats
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually begins with a medically assisted detox. The detox process helps prevent relapse and issues caused by withdrawal symptoms. A number of inpatient rehab centres or outpatient clinics can provide resources for the detox along with counselling to understand the behaviours which can lead to the use of Ambien. If you are prepared to quit Ambien call us now on 0800 772 3971 to understand the treatment options available to you.