Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
Ambien is classified as a 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.
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.
Ambien is an addictive material, although it is not as habit-forming as benzos. One can become addicted inside two weeks of using it for the first time.
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.
An Ambien addiction will also include the following signs:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing a craving for Ambien
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
If using the drug costs you too much money
Withdrawing from and avoiding friends and loved ones
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. 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.
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 essentially prescribed as a short-term treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as an extended-release tablet or as a small, oblong tablet. For more impact, some users will grind the drug and use it through the nose. 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.
Before Ambien, benzodiazepines like Halcion were used but were criticized for their addictive properties, so Ambien was introduced into the market as an alternative. The makers of Ambien claimed their drug was safer and less addictive.
Despite the claim by the manufacturers that Ambien was superior to benzos, the medical fraternity has claimed that users can develop an addiction during any stage. Dr. Michael Weaver who is a specialist in the subject of addiction published a report in 2015 in which he claimed that non-benzodiazepine Z drugs were also quite popular but were prone to many problems, which are similar to benzodiazepines.
Some drugs are termed dangerous and listed under the Schedule IV controlled substance, Ambience is on the list too. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. Despite this, the euphoric and hallucinatory effects of the drug make the people use it often.
Ambien Misuse Effects
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered abuse. People typically need larger doses of Ambien when they build a tolerance for the drug.
This empowers their addiction to the drug to sleep and causes many users to increase their doses without medical instruction.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
Just because Ambien has a less risk of overdose than other benzodiazepines does not make it any safer to get addicted to. The symptoms of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug, therefore, it might be difficult to detect an Ambien overdose.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. The resultant effects could be a fatal overdose. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Exceeding the recommended dose to overcome insomnia becomes the norm for those who don't feel the effects of the drug as they had done previously. 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. This is dangerous because both the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
The risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to combining these drugs with alcohol with the most dangerous substances at hand.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
Recovering from Ambien addiction begins with a medically assisted detox. The problems that arise from quitting the drug and falling back on the drug can all be eliminated if you follow the program to remove the toxin from your life. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. If you are prepared to quit Ambien call us now on 0800 772 3971 to understand the treatment options available to you.