People who are dealing with a problem of acute insomnia often find themselves with a prescription for a powerful sedative identified as Ambien. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
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 original purpose Ambien was formulated was to provide relief to people with sleep disorder without the risk of their becoming hooked on the drug.
One can develop reliance on Ambien despite the fact that people don't depend on it like other drugs in the same group. 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.
Here are the signs of an Ambien addiction:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Repeatedly ingesting 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
Isolating oneself from family and friends
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. 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 desired effect Ambien has on the user reduces in a couple of weeks with continued use. By this time, they cannot sleep at all without the drug and will need more dosage to fall asleep.
Zolpidem is sold as Ambien. Throughout the world, Ambien is known to cure insomnia because of the world wide promotion it is given in the past. Its original use is a prescription drug for sleep disorder In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. For more impact, some users will grind the drug and use it through the nose. Other street names for Ambien are no-go's, zombie pills, sleep easier, tic-tacs and A-minus.
By reducing the performance of the brain, the drug tranquilizes the user.
Ambien is an alternative for benzodiazepines such as Halcion that were under increasing public scrutiny because of their addictive potential and numerous side effects. The manufacturers of Ambien claimed that this drug was safer and less addictive than the others.
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. 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.
Ambien is a controlled substance and falls under the category of schedule IV. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
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 addicted person requires larger doses to fall asleep once they build a tolerance to Ambien.
This empowers their addiction to the drug to sleep and causes many users to increase their doses without medical instruction.
The medication is supposed to be taken just before one sleeps, but, you find people consuming it at all times of the day. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
Ambien can be considered as a safer alternative to benzodiazepine because the potential to overdose on the drug. It may be hard to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug.
Ambien can slow a user's breathing and / or heart rate to the point of failure because it is a potent central nervous system depressant. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. A strong indication that the user of Ambien could be in trouble is usually detected by slow breathing and a low heartbeat.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
Most people combine Ambien with 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 the drugs are central nervous system depressants.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it with benzos like Valium.
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
A recovery from an addiction of Ambien usually begins with a medically assisted detox. The detox process helps prevent relapse and issues caused by withdrawal symptoms. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, 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.