Victims of acute insomnia are advised by medical experts to use a very potent tranquilizer known as Ambien. Using the Ambien longer than 2 weeks or at a higher than prescribed doses can make the users addicted to it.
Ambien is classified as a 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.
People who are battling prolonged sleeplessness are given the drug as a replacement for benzos by the manufacturers because its rate of addiction is less than that of benzos.
Although it is not as habit-forming as benzos, Ambien is an addictive substance. An addiction to this drug can form in as little as two weeks.
Users hardly notice they are addicted to Ambien until they try to sleep without taking it and then reality hits when they can't fall asleep. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
Here are the signs of an Ambien addiction:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Abusing the drug regularly
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
Using too much money to buy the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
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.
If you use Ambien for some weeks, its potency reduces. 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 essentially prescribed as a short-term treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. In order to have a stronger effect many people are known to crush the tablets and to snort them nasally. 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.
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. Safe and without the potential for addiction were the words of the manufacturers of the drug.
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 falls under Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances The Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] has clarified that the drug cannot be used by people for recreational purposes. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
Ambien Addiction And The Effects
Abusing the drug includes the consumption of Ambien without a prescription or in a way the doctor has not recommended. Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. When one becomes tolerant to the drug Ambien, they require more for the same effect.
This empowers their addiction to the drug to sleep and causes many users to increase their doses without medical instruction.
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.
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 has the potential to cause respiratory problems because it has the ability to reduce the performance of the central nervous system. The result could be a fatal overdose. 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
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Oftentimes people require the higher doses of the Ambien once they build the tolerance to it. Some people with an Ambien tolerance take alcohol with their pill to amplify the sedative effects of the drug. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both are central nervous system depressants.
Many people have also combined Ambien along 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
Recovering from Ambien addiction 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. Detox resources are provided by many inpatient rehab or outpatient clinics, as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. If you're ready to quit, call us now on 0800 772 3971 to find out your treatment options.