Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Users can become addicted if they use Ambien longer than two weeks or at higher than prescribed doses.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. 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.
The makers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as a less addictive alternative to benzos for people with acute insomnia.
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.
Many people don't know they have a problem until they stop taking the drug and realize they cannot sleep without it. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly ingesting larger doses than prescribed
Always wishing to take the drug
Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
Indulging in extra expenditure on the purchase of the drug
Withdrawing from and avoiding friends and loved ones
Most Ambien addictions begin with a simple case of short-term insomnia. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
The desired effect Ambien has on the user reduces in a couple of weeks with continued use. 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. Throughout the world, Ambien is known to cure insomnia because of the world wide promotion it is given in the past. 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. Some people try to get a stronger effect by crushing up the pills and snorting them. Slang terms for Ambien include the following: no goes, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tics and A-minus.
Ambien dulls the nerve endings of the brain stem thus slowing down the brain.
Ambien was marketed mainly as an alternative to Benzodiazepines, such as Halcion, which are known for their addictive potential and other 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. In 2015, addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver published a report on sedative abuse 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 controlled substance and falls under the category of schedule IV. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Ambien Abuse And Effects
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Ingesting an extra pill to help you get to sleep is also considered as abuse. When one becomes tolerant to the drug Ambien, they require more for the same effect.
Some people now exceed the recommended dosage in order to sleep, increasing their reliance on it.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but many people are known to ingest the drug hours before heading to bed. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
Ambien can be considered as a safer alternative to benzodiazepine because the potential to overdose on the drug. It may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of 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. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. A strong indication of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Alcohol is one of the most common substances, which is ingested along with Ambien. Oftentimes when someone's tolerance to Ambien builds, they need higher doses of the drug to fall asleep. Some people with an Ambien tolerance try to amplify the sedative effects of the drug by taking alcohol with their pill. This is dangerous because both drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Valium is another drug that user's use with Ambien.
Exceeding the recommended dose exceeds all other side effects of using the drug with benzos, the same effect as using it with any alcoholic drink.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
The first step to getting rid of Ambien dependency is to go through a medically supervised detoxifying program. The problems that arise from quitting the drug and falling back on the drug can all be eliminated if you follow the program to remove the toxin from your life. There are many rehabilitation facilities offering inpatient or outpatient detoxification and psychological assistance to those addicted to Ambien. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.