Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. Xanax and benzodiazepines share the same effects on people with Ambien although the latter does not have addictive properties like the former.
The original purpose Ambien was formulated was to provide relief to people with sleep disorder without the risk of their becoming hooked on the drug.
One can develop reliance on Ambien despite the fact that people don't depend on it like other drugs in the same group. 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. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
An Ambien Dependent Person will also Exhibit the following:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Abusing the drug regularly
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
If using the drug costs you too much money
Loved ones are treated as stringers
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. 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. Ambien sleep inducing properties have been popularized so much that it has become the drug of the pop industry. It is essentially prescribed as a short-term treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. In order to have a stronger effect many people are known to crush the tablets and to snort them nasally. Zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, sleepeasy and A-minus are the slang terms for Ambien.
Ambien can produce a strong sedative effect by binding the neuroreceptors which can slow down activity of the brain.
Ambien is an alternative for benzodiazepines such as Halcion that were under increasing public scrutiny because of their addictive potential and numerous side effects. It is claimed by the makers of Ambien that their drug was safer and less addictive.
Medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction, despite the makers of Ambien touting the drug's supremacy over benzos. "Non-benzodiazepine z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines." according to Dr Michael Weaver who is an expert on over dependence on addictive drugs.
Ambien falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered 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.
The medication is supposed to be taken just before one sleeps, but, you find people consuming it at all times of the day. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
In some ways, Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedatives because there is less potential to overdose on the drug. 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.
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 resultant effects could be a fatal overdose. A sign of danger for abuse of the drug are reduction in the heartbeat rate.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Alcohol ranks very high among what are used with Ambien. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. Some people with an Ambien tolerance take alcohol with their pill to amplify the sedative effects of the drug. This is dangerous because both drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Other users mix Ambien with Valium which is a benzos drug.
Since both benzos and Ambien are depressants of the central nervous system, the effect of using them together is the same as combining Ambien with alcohol and poses a dangerous risk of overdose that can lead death.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
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. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.