People who are dealing with a problem of acute insomnia often find themselves with a prescription for a powerful sedative identified as Ambien. Using Ambien in excess of two weeks at a dosage higher than the prescription can lead to an addiction among users.
Some drugs are called sedative-hypnotics and Ambien is a member of the drugs. 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 original purpose Ambien was formulated was to provide relief to people with sleep disorder without the risk of their becoming hooked on the drug.
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 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.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Repeatedly ingesting larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
Loss of memory with regards to previous harmful experiences
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
A simple case of short-term amnesia is all that is required for an Ambien addiction to begin. The addictive potential of Ambien is underestimated by some users as it's prescribed by the doctor and it is only used to help them sleep.
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.
Ambien is the brand name of Zolpidem. Due to a pervasive advertising campaign, the drug's properties as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious) in popular culture. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. 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. 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.
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. It is claimed by the makers of Ambien that 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.
Some drugs are termed dangerous and listed under the Schedule IV controlled substance, Ambience is on the list too. The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] has clarified that the drug cannot be used by people for recreational purposes. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
Ambien Abuse And Effects
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. The need to overdose on the drug becomes stronger as the body responds slowly to the effects of the drug.
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.
In some ways, Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedatives because there is less potential to overdose on the drug. A person who has overdosed on Ambien will display the same symptoms as the drugs effects, so it is hard to spot an overdose victim.
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. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. A strong indication that the user of Ambien could be in trouble is usually detected by slow breathing and a low heartbeat.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Most people combine Ambien with alcohol. Someone who has become tolerant to Ambien will take higher dosages to be able to sleep. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. This is dangerous because both drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
Combining the benzos with Ambien cause the health risks similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Facts And Figures Of Ambien Misuse
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're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.