People who are dealing with a problem of acute insomnia often find themselves with a prescription for a powerful sedative identified as Ambien. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
Ambien is classified as a 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.
Ambien the not have the habit-forming qualities of benzos though it can be classified as an addictive substance.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. A dependence on this drug can form in as short as two weeks period.
Users hardly notice they are addicted to Ambien until they try to sleep without taking it and then reality hits when they can't fall asleep. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly ingesting larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing a craving 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
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.
The effects of Ambien start decreasing after taking it for more than a couple weeks. 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. Ambien sleep inducing properties have been popularized so much that it has become the drug of the pop industry. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. 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. Zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, sleepeasy and A-minus are the slang terms for Ambien.
By reducing the performance of the brain, the drug tranquilizes the user.
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 manufacturers of Ambien marketed it as a not so addictive alternative.
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. "Non-benzodiazepine z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines." according to Dr Michael Weaver who is an expert on over dependence on addictive drugs.
Ambien falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] has clarified that the drug cannot be used by people for recreational purposes. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Ambien Addiction And The Effects
Abuse of Ambien is using the drug, Ambien, without a prescription from a physician. 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 strengthens their dependence on the drug to sleep which causes many users to escalate their doses without medical guidance.
The medication is supposed to be taken just before one sleeps, but, you find people consuming it at all times of the day. 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.
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 of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Alcohol ranks very high among what are used with Ambien. The tolerance to Ambien leads to people needing higher doses of the drug just to fall asleep. In order to feel more tranquilized, a couple of users use the drug with alcohol. 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.
The risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to combining these drugs with alcohol with the most dangerous substances at hand.
Facts And Figures Of Ambien Misuse
Recovering from Ambien addiction begins with a medically assisted detox. The procedure of the detox assists the patient to prevent a relapse along with help that is required to deal with 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. 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.