A prescription drug usually recommended for people with sleep disorder. Users can become addicted if they use Ambien longer than two weeks or at higher than prescribed doses.
Ambien is classified as a 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.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. One can become addicted inside two weeks of using it for the first time.
The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction. The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Abusing the drug regularly
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
If using the drug costs you too much money
Loved ones are treated as stringers
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. 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.
The desired effect Ambien has on the user reduces in a couple of weeks with continued use. At this stage some users are unable to quit taking this drug because their insomnia has worsened to the point they cannot manage to sleep without Ambien.
The manufacturer name for Ambien is Zolpidem. A pervasive advertising and marketing campaign popularised the properties of the drug as a sleep aid and make them known widely which then notoriously made it popular. 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 who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. Zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, sleepeasy and A-minus are the slang terms for Ambien.
Ambien produces a strong sedative effect by binding to neuroreceptors that slow 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 marketed it as a not so addictive alternative.
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. In 2015, addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver published a report on sedative abuse in which he said, "Non-benzodiazepine z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines."
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled material. 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
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered abuse. When one becomes tolerant to the drug Ambien, they require more for the same effect.
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 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.
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. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. 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. Someone who has become tolerant to Ambien will take higher dosages to be able to sleep. Some people with an Ambien tolerance take alcohol with their pill to amplify the sedative effects of the drug. This is dangerous because both drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it with benzos like Valium.
The health risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Facts And Figures Of Ambien Misuse
Recovering from Ambien addiction begins with a medically assisted detox. The detox program ensures one does not relapse into abuse again while undergoing the withdrawal symptoms. There are many rehabilitation facilities offering inpatient or outpatient detoxification and psychological assistance to those addicted to Ambien. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.