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.
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.
Although it is not as habit-forming as benzos, Ambien is an addictive substance. An addiction to this drug can form in as little as two weeks.
Users hardly notice they are addicted to Ambien until they try to sleep without taking it and then reality hits when they can't fall asleep. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
An Ambien addiction will also include the following signs
- Buying the drug again after you have exhausted it
- Ever growing dosage intake
- Experiencing cravings 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
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it to help them sleep.
The effects of Ambien start decreasing after taking it for more than a couple weeks. After reaching this stage a number of users cannot stop taking Ambien because the insomnia would have worsened leaving them incapable of managing to sleep without the drug.
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What Is Ambien
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. Throughout the world, Ambien is known to cure insomnia because of the world wide promotion it is given in the past. 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 who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. A-minus, zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, and sleepeasy are some of the street names of the drug.
Ambien dulls the nerve endings of the brain stem thus slowing down the brain.
Due to the negative consequences and the tendency to over depend on benzodiazepines and its replacement, Halcion, Ambien was formulated to give users a better option. The manufacturers of Ambien marketed it as a not so addictive alternative.
Doctors still say Ambien has the potential to become addictive the more an individual uses. "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 is a controlled substance and falls under the category of schedule IV. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) claims that it means that 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 Abusing Ambien
Abusing the drug includes the consumption of Ambien without a prescription or in a way the doctor has not recommended. 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 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. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
In some ways, because of the less potential to overdose on the drug the Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedative. It may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug.
Ambien has the potential to cause respiratory problems because it has the ability to reduce the performance of the central nervous system. The fatal overdose could be the outcome. A strong indication of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Someone who has become tolerant to Ambien will take higher dosages to be able to sleep. In order to feel more tranquilized, a couple of users use the drug with alcohol. The activities of the central nervous system are usually inhibited by alcohol and Ambien, giving the combination a lethal undertone.
Some people have also combined Ambien with benzos like Valium.
The risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to combining these drugs with alcohol with the most dangerous substances at hand.
Ambien Misuse And The Stats
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. A number of inpatient rehab centres or outpatient clinics can provide resources for the detox along with counselling to understand the behaviours which can lead to the use of Ambien. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.