People who are dealing with a problem of acute insomnia often find themselves with a prescription for a powerful sedative identified as Ambien. Using Ambien in excess of two weeks at a dosage higher than the prescription can lead to an addiction among users.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. 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 makers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as a less addictive alternative to benzos for people with acute insomnia.
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.
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.
An Ambien addiction will also include the following signs:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
If using the drug costs you too much money
Withdrawing from and avoiding friends and loved ones
Temporary sleeplessness is the first sign of dependence on the drug. Because Ambien is recommended by a physician to help some people cope with insomnia, they don't think they can abuse it.
Ambien becomes less and less effective after taking it for more than a couple weeks. By this time, they cannot sleep at all without the drug and will need more dosage to fall asleep.
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. 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. Ambien presents as a small oblong shaped pill or a time-release pill. Some who are addicted to Ambien prefer to crush it and inhale the powder to hit a stronger high. Slang terms for Ambien include the following: no goes, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tics and A-minus.
Ambien can produce a strong sedative effect by binding the neuroreceptors which can slow down activity of 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 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. 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 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.
Ambien Addiction And The Effects
Self-prescribing Ambien is in itself misuse of the drug 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.
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 many people are known to ingest the drug hours before heading to bed. 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.
Ambien can be considered as a safer alternative to benzodiazepine because the 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 has the potential to cause respiratory problems because it has the ability to reduce the performance of the central nervous system. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. A sign of danger for abuse of the drug are reduction in the heartbeat rate.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
Alcohol is one of the most common substances, which is ingested along with Ambien. Someone who has become tolerant to Ambien will take higher dosages to be able to sleep. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. Either of the two can depress the central nervous system, and this can therefore be classified as dangerous.
Other users mix Ambien with Valium which is a benzos drug.
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.
Statistics On Ambien Usage
Assistance from doctors to remove the toxin from your body is the first step on your way to breaking the addiction. The detox process helps prevent relapse and issues caused by withdrawal symptoms. There are many rehabilitation facilities offering inpatient or outpatient detoxification and psychological assistance to those addicted to Ambien. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.