A prescription drug usually recommended for people with sleep disorder. Using the Ambien longer than 2 weeks or at a higher than prescribed doses can make the users addicted to it.
This non-benzodiazepine "Z drug" is medically as effective as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but without the same harmful properties and added two qualities which those drugs are popular for. 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.
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.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. An addiction to this drug can form in as little as two weeks.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
Using too much money to buy the drug
Loved ones are treated as stringers
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. 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. 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. In order to have a stronger effect many people are known to crush the tablets and to snort them nasally. 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 was marketed mainly as an alternative to Benzodiazepines, such as Halcion, which are known for their addictive potential and other side effects. The makers of Ambien claimed 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. 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 substance. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
Ambien Addiction And The Effects
Using the drug without a doctor's permission or beyond the recommended dose constitutes addiction Even it is also considered abuse if you take an extra tablet for a little help in sleeping. When one becomes tolerant to the drug Ambien, they require more for the same effect.
This tolerance causes the user to need a bigger dose in order to fall asleep, they illegally give themselves higher dosages.
Taking Ambien a couple of hours away from bedtime becomes the norm for these people, this is not the correct way to take this drug as it should be used at bedtime. 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.
The possibility to exceed the recommended dosage is not very high, making it the best for people who don't want to use benzodiazepine. 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 is a potent central nervous system depressant and can slow down the breeding of the user along with the heart rate to the point of being harmful. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. A strong indication that the user of Ambien could be in trouble is usually detected by slow breathing and a low heartbeat.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
Alcohol ranks very high among what are used with Ambien. Oftentimes when someone's tolerance to Ambien builds, they need higher doses of the drug to fall asleep. A number of people that have developed an Ambien tolerance often consume alcohol along with the pill to enhance the sedative effects from the drug. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both are central nervous system depressants.
Valium is another drug that user's use with Ambien.
The health risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually begins with a medically assisted detox. 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. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.