A prescription drug usually recommended for people with sleep disorder. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
Some drugs are called sedative-hypnotics and Ambien is a member of the drugs. 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.
People who are battling prolonged sleeplessness are given the drug as a replacement for benzos by the manufacturers because its rate of addiction is less than that of benzos.
Unfortunately, though Ambien is not as potent as the benzos, it is still addictive. 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. 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
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Using too much money to buy the drug
Remaining isolated from family and friends
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. Since most users originally get the drug legitimately from a doctor to help them fall asleep, they do not think they can get addicted to it.
After ingesting Ambien for a couple of weeks the effects from the drug diminish making the user crave for higher doses. 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. Due to a pervasive advertising campaign, the drug's properties as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious) in popular culture. Its original use is a prescription drug for sleep disorder Ambien is ingested orally and is available as a tiny oblong tablet or one which has qualities of extended-release. Some people may crush up the pills and snort them to get a stronger effect. Slang terms for Ambien include the following: no goes, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tics and A-minus.
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 manufacturers of Ambien claimed that this drug was safer and less addictive than the others.
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. A quote from specialist Dr. Michael Weaver, "Non-benzodiazepine Z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines." he said this in a published report on sedative abuse In 2015.
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled substance. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. The reality is Ambien is abused because it causes euphoria and hallucinations.
Ambien Addiction And The Effects
Abusing the drug includes the consumption of Ambien without a prescription or in a way the doctor has not recommended. Taking more than recommended by a physician is also abuse The need to overdose on the drug becomes stronger as the body responds slowly to the effects of the drug.
This strengthens their dependence on the drug to sleep which causes many users to escalate their doses without medical guidance.
The medication is supposed to be taken just before one sleeps, but, you find people consuming it at all times of the day. 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 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 resultant effects 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 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. A number of people that have developed an Ambien tolerance often consume alcohol along with the pill to enhance the sedative effects from the drug. This is dangerous because both the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
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.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually begins with a medically assisted detox. The detox process helps prevent relapse and issues caused by withdrawal symptoms. Many inpatient or outpatient rehab clinics provide resources for detox as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. You can give us a call 0800 772 3971 to help you find out how to overcome the addiction if you want to walk away from the drug.