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 in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. This non-benzodiazepine "z-drug" has the same medical effectiveness as benzodiazepines like Xanax without the same hazardous and habit-forming properties those drugs are known for.
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. Many people fail to realise that they are dealing with the problem, unless they refrain from taking the drug and come across difficulties with sleeping.
It is when people suffer insomnia after quitting the drug that it dawns on some people that they are addicted to it. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Buying the drug again after you have exhausted it
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
Loss of memory with regards to previous harmful experiences
Using too much money to buy the drug
Remaining isolated from family and friends
Most Ambien addictions begin with a simple case of short-term insomnia. The addictive potential of Ambien is underestimated by some users as it's prescribed by the doctor and it is only used to help them sleep.
The desired effect Ambien has on the user reduces in a couple of weeks with continued use. At this point, some users can't stop taking the drug because their insomnia is even worse to the point they are no longer able to sleep without the drug, Ambien.
Zolpidem is sold as Ambien. 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. In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. Slang terms for Ambien include no-go's, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tacs 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 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. A quote from specialist Dr. Michael Weaver, "Non-benzodiazepine Z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines." he said this in a published report on sedative abuse In 2015.
Ambien falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) claims that it means that people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Ambien Addiction And The Effects
Using the drug without a doctor's permission or beyond the recommended dose constitutes addiction Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered abuse. The addicted person requires larger doses to fall asleep once they build a tolerance to Ambien.
This strengthens their dependence on the drug to sleep which causes many users to escalate their doses without medical guidance.
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 resulting feeling of happiness gives the user a false self-confidence.
In some ways, because of the less potential to overdose on the drug the Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedative. 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 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. The resultant effects 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. Oftentimes when someone's tolerance to Ambien builds, they need higher doses of the drug to fall asleep. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. This is dangerous because both the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
Valium is another drug that user's use with Ambien.
Exceeding the recommended dose exceeds all other side effects of using the drug with benzos, the same effect as using it with any alcoholic drink.
Ambien Misuse And The Stats
The first step to getting rid of Ambien dependency is to go through a medically supervised detoxifying program. The detox process helps prevent relapse and issues caused by 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. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.