A prescription drug usually recommended for people with sleep disorder. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as 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.
Ambien is an addictive material, although it is not as habit-forming as benzos. An addiction to this drug can form in as little as two weeks.
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 of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Ever growing dosage intake
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
If using the drug costs you too much money
Isolating oneself from family and friends
A simple case of short-term amnesia is all that is required for an Ambien addiction to begin. The addictive potential of Ambien is underestimated by some users as it's prescribed by the doctor and it is only used 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.
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. Ambien sleep inducing properties have been popularized so much that it has become the drug of the pop industry. It is essentially prescribed as a short-term treatment for insomnia. 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. 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 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. 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. The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] has clarified that the drug cannot be used by people for recreational purposes. Despite this, the euphoric and hallucinatory effects of the drug make the people use it often.
Ambien Abuse And Effects
Abusing the drug includes the consumption of Ambien without a prescription or in a way the doctor has not recommended. Ingesting an extra pill to help you get to sleep is also considered as abuse. 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.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. 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 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. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. 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. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. Some people with an Ambien tolerance take alcohol with their pill to amplify the sedative effects of the drug. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both are central nervous system depressants.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
Since both benzos and Ambien are depressants of the central nervous system, the effect of using them together is the same as combining Ambien with alcohol and poses a dangerous risk of overdose that can lead death.
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. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.