A prescription drug usually recommended for people with sleep disorder. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on 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. Xanax and benzodiazepines share the same effects on people with Ambien although the latter does not have addictive properties like the former.
The Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
Unfortunately, though Ambien is not as potent as the benzos, it is still addictive. A dependence on this drug can form in as short as two weeks period.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Strong desire for the drug
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Remaining isolated from family and friends
In most case, a short-term insomnia is a cause of beginning Ambien addiction. Since most users originally get the drug legitimately from a doctor to help them fall asleep, they do not think they can get addicted to it.
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.
Ambien is the brand name of zolpidem. Throughout the world, Ambien is known to cure insomnia because of the world wide promotion it is given in the past. It is primarily prescribed as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as an extended-release tablet or as a small, oblong tablet. Some people try to get a stronger effect by crushing up the pills and snorting them. Other street names for Ambien are no-go's, zombie pills, sleep easier, tic-tacs and A-minus.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the brain activity.
Due to the negative consequences and the tendency to over depend on benzodiazepines and its replacement, Halcion, Ambien was formulated to give users a better option. The manufacturers of Ambien marketed it as a not so addictive alternative.
Despite the makers of Ambien touting the drug's superiority over benzos, medical professionals have said users are still at risk of developing an addiction. In 2015, addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver published a report on sedative abuse 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 controlled substance and falls under the category of schedule IV. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this means people aren't likely to use it recreationally. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Effects Of Abusing Ambien
Abusing the drug includes the consumption of Ambien without a prescription or in a way the doctor has not recommended. Even it is also considered abuse if you take an extra tablet for a little help in sleeping. The need to overdose on the drug becomes stronger as the body responds slowly to the effects of the drug.
This usually strengthens their dependence on Ambien when looking to sleeping and causes many people to increase their doses without adequate guidance from a physician.
Taking Ambien a couple of hours away from bedtime becomes the norm for these people, this is not the correct way to take this drug as it should be used at bedtime. The resulting feeling of happiness gives the user a false self-confidence.
In some ways, because of the less potential to overdose on the drug the Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedative. The feelings of those who use the drug according to instructions and those who abuse it share similar experience which makes it difficult to know if the recommended dosage has been exceeded or not.
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. Unusually slow breathing or heartbeat is a strong indication that the user is in trouble.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
Most people combine Ambien with alcohol. The tolerance to Ambien leads to people needing higher doses of the drug just to fall asleep. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both are central nervous system depressants.
Many people have also combined Ambien along with benzos like Valium.
Since both benzos and Ambien are depressants of the central nervous system, the effect of using them together is the same as combining Ambien with alcohol and poses a dangerous risk of overdose that can lead death.
Ambien Abuse And Statistics
The first step to getting rid of Ambien dependency is to go through a medically supervised detoxifying program. The procedure of the detox assists the patient to prevent a relapse along with help that is required to deal with 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. You can give us a call 0800 772 3971 to help you find out how to overcome the addiction if you want to walk away from the drug.