Victims of acute insomnia are advised by medical experts to use a very potent tranquilizer known as Ambien. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
Ambien is placed in the 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.
Unfortunately, though Ambien is not as potent as the benzos, it is still addictive. In less than 14 days, one can develop reliance on the drug.
Many people don't know they have a problem until they stop taking the drug and realize they cannot sleep without it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms is one of the main signs of an addiction.
An Ambien Dependent Person will also Exhibit the following:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Loss of memory with regards to previous harmful experiences
Using too much money to buy the drug
Isolating oneself from family and friends
A simple case of short-term amnesia is all that is required for an Ambien addiction to begin. 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.
Ambien becomes less and less effective after taking it for more than a couple weeks. After reaching this stage a number of users cannot stop taking Ambien because the insomnia would have worsened leaving them incapable of managing to sleep without the drug.
The manufacturer name for Ambien is Zolpidem. Throughout the world, Ambien is known to cure insomnia because of the world wide promotion it is given in the past. Helping people to overcome sleepiness for a short period of time is the original purpose doctors want it to serve. Ambien is taken by mouth as an extended-release tablet or as a small, oblong tablet. In order to have a stronger effect many people are known to crush the tablets and to snort them nasally. Other street names for Ambien are no-go's, zombie pills, sleep easier, tic-tacs and A-minus.
Ambien dulls the nerve endings of the brain stem thus slowing down the brain.
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. It is claimed by the makers of Ambien that 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. A quote from specialist Dr. Michael Weaver, "Non-benzodiazepine Z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines." he said this in a published report on sedative abuse In 2015.
Ambien is a schedule IV controlled material. The implication of this is that people will still abuse the as the Drug Enforcement Agency believes. Despite this, many users have abused the drug for its euphoric and hallucinatory effects.
Ambien Addiction And The Effects
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered abuse. Once someone builds a tolerance to Ambien, they need larger doses to fall asleep.
Some people now exceed the recommended dosage in order to sleep, increasing their reliance on it.
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. 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. 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. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. A strong indication of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Some Typical Drug Combinations
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. Others believe mixing Ambien with alcohol will make it work faster. This is dangerous because both drugs depress the central nervous system and this may lead to failure.
Other users mix Ambien with Valium which is a benzos drug.
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.
Statistics On Ambien Usage
The first step to getting rid of Ambien dependency is to go through a medically supervised detoxifying program. The detox program ensures one does not relapse into abuse again while undergoing the withdrawal symptoms. There are many rehabilitation facilities offering inpatient or outpatient detoxification and psychological assistance to those addicted to Ambien. If you are prepared to quit Ambien call us now on 0800 772 3971 to understand the treatment options available to you.