People who are dealing with a problem of acute insomnia often find themselves with a prescription for a powerful sedative identified as Ambien. Using Ambien in excess of two weeks at a dosage higher than the prescription can lead to an addiction among users.
Ambien is classified as a sedative-hypnotics. This non-benzodiazepine "z-drug" has the same medical effectiveness as benzodiazepines like Xanax without the same hazardous and habit-forming properties those drugs are known for.
People who are battling prolonged sleeplessness are given the drug as a replacement for benzos by the manufacturers because its rate of addiction is less than that of benzos.
One can develop reliance on Ambien despite the fact that people don't depend on it like other drugs in the same group. One can become addicted inside two weeks of using it for the first time.
Many people don't know they have a problem until they stop taking the drug and realize they cannot sleep without it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Ever growing dosage intake
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
Using too much money to buy the drug
Withdrawing from and avoiding friends and loved ones
Most Ambien addictions begin with a simple case of short-term insomnia. 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. In the absence of Ambien, some people cannot sleep and that makes it difficult for most addicts to break the addiction.
The manufacturer name for Ambien is Zolpidem. Due to a pervasive advertising campaign, the drug's properties as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious) in popular culture. 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. For more impact, some users will grind the drug and use it through the nose. Other street names for Ambien are no-go's, zombie pills, sleep easier, tic-tacs and A-minus.
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. Safe and without the potential for addiction were the words of the manufacturers of the drug.
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."
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled substance. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means 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.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Taking more than recommended by a physician is also 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. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
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.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. The fatal overdose could be the outcome. Unusually slow breathing or heartbeat is a strong indication that the user is in trouble.
Preferred Drug Concoctions
Alcohol is one of the most common substances, which is ingested along with Ambien. Exceeding the recommended dose to overcome insomnia becomes the norm for those who don't feel the effects of the drug as they had done previously. Some people with an Ambien tolerance try to amplify the sedative effects of the drug by taking alcohol with their pill. Either of the two can depress the central nervous system, and this can therefore be classified as dangerous.
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.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien addiction. The procedure of the detox assists the patient to prevent a relapse along with help that is required to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.