Victims of acute insomnia are advised by medical experts to use a very potent tranquilizer known as Ambien. Using the Ambien longer than 2 weeks or at a higher than prescribed doses can make the users addicted to it.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. 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.
Many people don't know they have a problem until they stop taking the drug and realize they cannot sleep without it. When people start to experience the side effects of quitting a drug, they realize how addicted they were to the drug.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Repeatedly ingesting larger doses than prescribed
Always wishing to take the drug
Loss of memory with regards to previous harmful experiences
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
The effects of Ambien start decreasing after taking it for more than a couple weeks. By this time, they cannot sleep at all without the drug and will need more dosage to fall asleep.
The manufacturer name for Ambien is Zolpidem. In popular culture, the drug's features as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious), due to the pervasive advertising campaign. 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. In order to have a stronger effect many people are known to crush the tablets and to snort them nasally. 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.
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 makers of Ambien touting the drug's superiority over benzos, medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction. "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 schedule IV controlled substance. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) claims that it means that people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite the warning provided many users have abused the drug for the euphoric and hallucinatory properties which are present.
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 Once someone builds a tolerance to Ambien, they need larger doses to fall asleep.
This tolerance causes the user to need a bigger dose in order to fall asleep, they illegally give themselves higher dosages.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but it is found that some people took the drug hours before going to sleep. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
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.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. The resultant effects could be a fatal overdose. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
Alcohol ranks very high among what are used with Ambien. The tolerance to Ambien leads to people needing higher doses of the drug just to fall asleep. 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. The activities of the central nervous system are usually inhibited by alcohol and Ambien, giving the combination a lethal undertone.
Valium is another drug that user's use with Ambien.
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 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 procedure of the detox assists the patient to prevent a relapse along with help that is required to deal with withdrawal symptoms. 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.