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 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.
Unfortunately, though Ambien is not as potent as the benzos, it is still addictive. In less than 14 days, one can develop reliance on the drug.
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.
An Ambien Dependent Person will also Exhibit the following
- Making requests for prescriptions frequently
- Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
- Experiencing cravings for Ambien
- Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
- Indulging in extra expenditure on the purchase of the drug
- Isolating oneself from family and friends
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.
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Ambien is the brand name of Zolpidem. Throughout the world, Ambien is known to cure insomnia because of the world wide promotion it is given in the past. Its original use is a prescription drug for sleep disorder In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. Some people try to get a stronger effect by crushing up the pills and snorting them. Zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, sleepeasy and A-minus are the slang terms for Ambien.
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 makers of Ambien claimed their drug was safer and less addictive.
Medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction, despite the makers of Ambien touting the drug's supremacy over benzos. 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. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Ambien Misuse 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 empowers their addiction to the drug to sleep and causes many users to increase their doses without medical instruction.
The medication is supposed to be taken just before one sleeps, but, you find people consuming it at all times of the day. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and 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. The feelings of those who use the drug according to instructions and those who abuse it share similar experience which makes it difficult to know if the recommended dosage has been exceeded or not.
Ambien has the potential to cause respiratory problems because it has the ability to reduce the performance of the central nervous system. The result 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
One of the most common substances used with Ambien is alcohol. 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.
Valium is another drug that user's use with Ambien.
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.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien addiction. The detox process helps prevent relapse and issues caused by withdrawal symptoms. The best ways to use the drug and effective methods of getting toxins from the body are what hospitals that cater for patients taking treatment from home or those living in the facility can help you with. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.