Victims of acute insomnia are advised by medical experts to use a very potent tranquilizer known as Ambien. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
Ambien is placed in the 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 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. Many people fail to realise that they are dealing with the problem, unless they refrain from taking the drug and come across difficulties with sleeping.
It is when people suffer insomnia after quitting the drug that it dawns on some people that they are addicted to it. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
An Ambien addiction will also include the following signs:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Abusing the drug regularly
Strong desire for 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
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. Many users do not understand the addictive qualities of Ambien and believe that since it has been prescribed by a physician, it is safe to use and will help them get the sleep they want.
If you use Ambien for some weeks, its potency reduces. At this point, some users can't stop taking the drug because their insomnia is even worse to the point they are no longer able to sleep without the drug, 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. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as an extended-release tablet or as a small, oblong tablet. Some people may crush up the pills and snort them to get a stronger effect. A-minus, zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, and sleepeasy are some of the street names of the drug.
Ambien produces a strong sedative effect by binding to neuroreceptors that slow brain activity.
Before Ambien, benzodiazepines like Halcion were used but were criticized for their addictive properties, so Ambien was introduced into the market as an alternative. The makers of Ambien claimed their drug was safer and less addictive.
Despite the claim by the manufacturers that Ambien was superior to benzos, the medical fraternity has claimed that users can develop an addiction during any stage. 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.
Ambien falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances 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 Abusing Ambien
Using the drug without a doctor's permission or beyond the recommended dose constitutes addiction Taking more than recommended by a physician is also abuse People typically need larger doses of Ambien when they build a tolerance for the drug.
This strengthens their dependence on the drug to sleep which causes many users to escalate their doses without medical guidance.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. The early stages, after ingestion of Ambien, the drug gives rise to euphoria that gives a sense of washing away insecurity and any self-conscious behaviour.
The possibility to exceed the recommended dosage is not very high, making it the best for people who don't want to use benzodiazepine. It can get pretty difficult to detect an overdose of Ambien because there is no difference between the signs of an overdose to the effects from 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. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
One of the most common substances used with Ambien is alcohol. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. Either of the two can depress the central nervous system, and this can therefore be classified as dangerous.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it with benzos like Valium.
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.
Facts And Figures Of Ambien Misuse
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually begins with a medically assisted detox. 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. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.