Ambien is a strong depressant prescribed to people suffering from severe insomnia. 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. 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.
Ambien is an addictive material, although it is not as habit-forming as benzos. In less than 14 days, one can develop reliance on the drug.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. When people start to experience the side effects of quitting a drug, they realize how addicted they were to the drug.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include
- Buying the drug again after you have exhausted it
- Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
- Always wishing to take the drug
- Engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later
- If using the drug costs you too much money
- Loved ones are treated as stringers
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 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.
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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. This is a medication which is commonly used as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. A-minus, zombie pills, tic-tacs, no-go's, and sleepeasy are some of the street names of the drug.
Ambien dulls the nerve endings of the brain stem thus slowing down the brain.
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.
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. A report on sedative abuse by addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver was published in 2015, 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 material. The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] has clarified that the drug cannot be used by people for recreational purposes. Despite this, the euphoric and hallucinatory effects of the drug make the people use it often.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered abuse. 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.
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 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.
In some ways, because of the less potential to overdose on the drug the Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedative. The symptoms of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug, therefore, it might be difficult to detect an Ambien overdose.
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. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. A strong indication that the user of Ambien could be in trouble is usually detected by slow breathing and a low heartbeat.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
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. Some people with an Ambien tolerance try to amplify the sedative effects of the drug by taking alcohol with their pill. This is dangerous because both the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
Some people have also combined Ambien with benzos like Valium.
The health risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to those of combining alcohol, with the most dangerous being a fatal overdose.
Facts And Figures Of Ambien Misuse
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually 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. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.