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.
This non-benzodiazepine "Z drug" is medically as effective as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but without the same harmful properties and added two qualities which those drugs are popular for. 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 Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
One can develop reliance on Ambien despite the fact that people don't depend on it like other drugs in the same group. An addiction to this drug can form in as little as two weeks.
It is when people suffer insomnia after quitting the drug that it dawns on some people that they are addicted to it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction.
An Ambien Dependent Person will also Exhibit the following:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Abusing the drug regularly
Always wishing to take the drug
Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Withdrawing from and avoiding friends and loved ones
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. 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. 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. Ambien sleep inducing properties have been popularized so much that it has become the drug of the pop industry. This is a medication which is commonly used as a temporary treatment for insomnia. In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. Some people try to get a stronger effect by crushing up the pills and snorting them. Slang terms for Ambien include no-go's, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tacs and A-minus.
By reducing the performance of the brain, the drug tranquilizes the user.
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.
The addictive properties of the drug is on par with that of benzos according to physicians, a clear difference from the claims of the manufacturers. 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."
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 reality is Ambien is abused because it causes euphoria and hallucinations.
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. Once someone builds a tolerance to Ambien, they need larger doses to fall asleep.
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 may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug.
As a potent central nervous system depressant, Ambien can slow a user's breathing and / or heart rate to the point of failure. The result could be a fatal overdose. Unusually slow breathing or heartbeat is a strong indication that the user is in trouble.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. The tolerance to Ambien leads to people needing higher doses of the drug just 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 the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
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 Misuse And The Stats
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 are prepared to quit Ambien call us now on 0800 772 3971 to understand the treatment options available to you.