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 placed in the class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. 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 makers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as a less addictive alternative to benzos for people with acute insomnia.
Ambien is an addictive material, although it is not as habit-forming as benzos. 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 problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main signs of an addiction.
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
Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
Using too much money to buy the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
Ambien becomes less and less effective 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.
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. In popular culture, the drug's features as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious), due to the pervasive advertising campaign. Its original use is a prescription drug for sleep disorder Ambien is taken by mouth as an extended-release tablet or as a small, oblong tablet. For more impact, some users will grind the drug and use it through the nose. A-minus, zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, and sleepeasy are some of the street names of the drug.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the 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. A report on sedative abuse by addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver was published in 2015, in which he said: "Non- benzodiazepine z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines."
Some drugs are termed dangerous and listed under the Schedule IV controlled substance, Ambience is on the list too. The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] has clarified that the drug cannot be used by people for recreational purposes. Despite the warning provided many users have abused the drug for the euphoric and hallucinatory properties which are present.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered abuse. People typically need larger doses of Ambien when they build a tolerance for the drug.
This usually strengthens their dependence on Ambien when looking to sleeping and causes many people to increase their doses without adequate guidance from a physician.
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.
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 can slow a user's breathing and / or heart rate to the point of failure because it is a potent central nervous system depressant. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. A sign of danger for abuse of the drug are reduction in the heartbeat rate.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. 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.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it 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.
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. 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 are prepared to quit Ambien call us now on 0800 772 3971 to understand the treatment options available to you.