A prescription drug usually recommended for people with sleep disorder. Ambien becomes addictive if taken for over two weeks continuously or taken in higher dosage.
Some drugs are called sedative-hypnotics and Ambien is a member of the drugs. The same medical effectiveness is found in this non-benzodiazepine "z-drug" as benzodiazepines like Xanax without the same dangerous and habit-forming features those drugs are known for.
The original purpose Ambien was formulated was to provide relief to people with sleep disorder without the risk of their becoming hooked on the drug.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. One can become addicted inside two weeks of using it for the first time.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main signs of an addiction.
If you see any of the following symptoms that are caused from abusing Ambien seek help:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
Indulging in extra expenditure on the purchase of the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
Temporary sleeplessness is the first sign of dependence on the drug. Many users do not understand the addictive qualities of Ambien and believe that since it has been prescribed by a physician, it is safe to use and will help them get the sleep they want.
The effects of Ambien start decreasing after taking it for more than a couple weeks. At this stage some users are unable to quit taking this drug because their insomnia has worsened to the point they cannot manage to sleep without Ambien.
The manufacturer name for Ambien is 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 presents as a small oblong shaped pill or a time-release pill. Some people may crush up the pills and snort them to get a stronger effect. A-minus, zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, and sleepeasy are some of the street names of the drug.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the brain activity.
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.
Medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction, despite the makers of Ambien touting the drug's supremacy over benzos. 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.
Some drugs are termed dangerous and listed under the Schedule IV controlled substance, Ambience is on the list too. The implication of this is that people will still abuse the as the Drug Enforcement Agency believes. Despite this, the euphoric and hallucinatory effects of the drug make the people use it often.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. The need to overdose on the drug becomes stronger as the body responds slowly to the effects of the drug.
Some people now exceed the recommended dosage in order to sleep, increasing their reliance on it.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but it is found that some people took the drug hours before going to sleep. The resulting feeling of happiness gives the user a false self-confidence.
In some ways, Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedatives because there is less potential to overdose on the drug. 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 fatal overdose could be the outcome. A strong indication that the user of Ambien could be in trouble is usually detected by slow breathing and a low heartbeat.
Typical Drug Combos
One of the most common substances used with Ambien is alcohol. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. 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 drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
Combining the benzos with Ambien cause the health risks similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Statistics On Ambien Usage
The first step to getting rid of Ambien dependency is to go through a medically supervised detoxifying program. 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. A number of inpatient rehab centres or outpatient clinics can provide resources for the detox along with counselling to understand the behaviours which can lead to the use of Ambien. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.