Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Using Ambien in excess of two weeks at a dosage higher than the prescription can lead to an addiction among users.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. The manufacturers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as an alternative to benzos but, which had fewer addictive qualities, especially among people suffering from acute insomnia.
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.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. In less than 14 days, one can develop reliance on the drug.
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.
An Ambien Dependent Person will also Exhibit the following:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Strong desire for the drug
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
Temporary sleeplessness is the first sign of dependence on the drug. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
The effects of Ambien start decreasing after taking it for more than a couple weeks. In the absence of Ambien, some people cannot sleep and that makes it difficult for most addicts to break the addiction.
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. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as an extended-release tablet or as a small, oblong tablet. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. 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 marketed mainly as an alternative to Benzodiazepines, such as Halcion, which are known for their addictive potential and other side effects. Safe and without the potential for addiction were the words of the manufacturers of the drug.
Doctors still say Ambien has the potential to become addictive the more an individual uses. 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. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
Ambien Abuse And Effects
Abusing the drug includes the consumption of Ambien without a prescription or in a way the doctor has not recommended. Even it is also considered abuse if you take an extra tablet for a little help in sleeping. Once someone builds a tolerance to Ambien, they need larger doses to fall asleep.
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.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. 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.
In some ways, Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedatives because there is less potential to overdose on the drug. A person who has overdosed on Ambien will display the same symptoms as the drugs effects, so it is hard to spot an overdose victim.
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. The resultant effects could be a fatal overdose. A strong indication of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
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 try to amplify the sedative effects of the drug by taking alcohol with their pill. The activities of the central nervous system are usually inhibited by alcohol and Ambien, giving the combination a lethal undertone.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
The health risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Statistics On Ambien Usage
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. 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.