People who are dealing with a problem of acute insomnia often find themselves with a prescription for a powerful sedative identified 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 placed in the class of drugs known as 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.
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. 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. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
An Ambien addiction will also include the following signs:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Abusing the drug regularly
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
Indulging in extra expenditure on the purchase of the drug
Remaining isolated from family and friends
A simple case of short-term amnesia is all that is required for an Ambien addiction to begin. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
Ambien becomes less and less effective 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.
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. In popular culture, the drug's features as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious), due to the pervasive advertising campaign. Helping people to overcome sleepiness for a short period of time is the original purpose doctors want it to serve. Ambien is ingested orally and is available as a tiny oblong tablet or one which has qualities of extended-release. 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.
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 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.
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled material. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite the warning provided many users have abused the drug for the euphoric and hallucinatory properties which are present.
Effects Of Abusing Ambien
Using the drug without a doctor's permission or beyond the recommended dose constitutes addiction Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. The addicted person requires larger doses to fall asleep once they build a tolerance to Ambien.
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 supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but it is found that some people took the drug hours before going to sleep. The resulting feeling of happiness gives the user a false self-confidence.
Just because Ambien has a less risk of overdose than other benzodiazepines does not make it any safer to get addicted to. It may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug.
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. A strong indication of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
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. 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.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it with benzos like Valium.
The risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to combining these drugs with alcohol with the most dangerous substances at hand.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien 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. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.