Victims of acute insomnia are advised by medical experts to use a very potent tranquilizer known as Ambien. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
Ambien is classified as a 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 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. One can become addicted inside two weeks of using it for the first time.
The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction. When people start to experience the side effects of quitting a drug, they realize how addicted they were to the drug.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Always wishing to take the drug
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Using too much money to buy the drug
Remaining isolated from family and friends
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. Some users underestimate the addictive potential of Ambien because it's prescribed by a doctor and they only use it to help them sleep.
After ingesting Ambien for a couple of weeks the effects from the drug diminish making the user crave for higher doses. After reaching this stage a number of users cannot stop taking Ambien because the insomnia would have worsened leaving them incapable of managing to sleep without the drug.
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. Helping people to overcome sleepiness for a short period of time is the original purpose doctors want it to serve. Ambien is taken by mouth as a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. Some people may crush up the pills and snort them to get a stronger effect. Slang terms for Ambien include the following: no goes, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tics and A-minus.
Ambien dulls the nerve endings of the brain stem thus slowing down the brain.
Due to the negative consequences and the tendency to over depend on benzodiazepines and its replacement, Halcion, Ambien was formulated to give users a better option. The manufacturers of Ambien claimed that this drug was safer and less addictive than the others.
Despite the makers of Ambien touting the drug's superiority over benzos, medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction. 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 falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances 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 Misuse Effects
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. 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 tolerance causes the user to need a bigger dose in order to fall asleep, they illegally give themselves higher dosages.
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 symptoms of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug, therefore, it might be difficult to detect an Ambien overdose.
As a potent central nervous system depressant, Ambien can slow a user's breathing and / or heart rate to the point of failure. The result could be a fatal overdose. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Oftentimes when someone's tolerance to Ambien builds, they need higher doses of the drug to fall asleep. 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.
Some people have also combined Ambien 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.
Ambien Misuse And The Stats
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually begins with a medically assisted detox. The detox program ensures one does not relapse into abuse again while undergoing the withdrawal symptoms. Many inpatient or outpatient rehab clinics provide resources for detox 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.