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.
Some drugs are called sedative-hypnotics and Ambien is a member of the drugs. Though Ambien does not belong to the benzodiazepine "z-drug" class, it displays the same medical results as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but is not as dangerous or known to form serious dependency effects as benzodiazepines do.
The Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. 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.
The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Abusing the drug regularly
Always wishing to take the drug
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
Temporary sleeplessness is the first sign of dependence on the drug. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
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.
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 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. A-minus, zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, and sleepeasy are some of the street names of the drug.
Ambien can produce a strong sedative effect by binding the neuroreceptors which can slow down activity of the brain.
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. Safe and without the potential for addiction were the words of the manufacturers of the drug.
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. "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] 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.
Ambien Misuse Effects
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. The addicted person requires larger doses to fall asleep once they build a tolerance to Ambien.
Some people now exceed the recommended dosage in order to sleep, increasing their reliance on it.
The medication is supposed to be taken just before one sleeps, but, you find people consuming it at all times of the day. The resulting feeling of happiness gives the user a false self-confidence.
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 fatal overdose could be the outcome. A strong indication of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Typical Drug Combos
Most people combine Ambien with alcohol. The tolerance to Ambien leads to people needing higher doses of the drug just to fall asleep. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both 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.
Facts And Figures Of Ambien Misuse
Recovering from Ambien addiction 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. 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.