Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. 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.
Although it is not as habit-forming as benzos, Ambien is an addictive substance. In less than 14 days, one can develop reliance on the drug.
It is when people suffer insomnia after quitting the drug that it dawns on some people that they are addicted to it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main signs of an addiction.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help
- Refilling prescriptions unusually often
- Repeatedly ingesting larger doses than prescribed
- Experiencing cravings for Ambien
- Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
- Spending large amounts of money on the drug
- Loved ones are treated as stringers
Most Ambien addictions begin with a simple case of short-term insomnia. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it to help them sleep.
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.
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Ambien is the brand name of 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. This is a medication which is commonly used as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien presents as a small oblong shaped pill or a time-release pill. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. Slang terms for Ambien include no-go's, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tacs and A-minus.
Ambien can produce a strong sedative effect by binding the neuroreceptors which can slow down activity of the brain.
Ambien is an alternative for benzodiazepines such as Halcion that were under increasing public scrutiny because of their addictive potential and numerous side effects. It is claimed by the makers of Ambien that their drug was safer and less addictive.
The addictive properties of the drug is on par with that of benzos according to physicians, a clear difference from the claims of the manufacturers. 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) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. The reality is Ambien is abused because it causes euphoria and hallucinations.
Ambien Abuse And Effects
Abuse of Ambien is using the drug, Ambien, without a prescription from a physician. Ingesting an extra pill to help you get to sleep is also considered as abuse. People typically need larger doses of Ambien when they build a tolerance for the drug.
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 many people are known to ingest the drug hours before heading to bed. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and 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 resultant effects could be a fatal overdose. A sign of danger for abuse of the drug are reduction in the heartbeat rate.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
Most people combine Ambien with alcohol. Someone who has become tolerant to Ambien will take higher dosages to be able to sleep. 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. This is dangerous because both the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
Other users mix Ambien with Valium which is a benzos drug.
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.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien addiction. The relapse and the issues caused by withdrawal symptoms are avoided with the help of detox process. 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. 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.