Ambien is a powerful sedative prescribed to people suffering from acute insomnia. Users can become addicted if they use Ambien longer than two weeks or at higher than prescribed doses.
Ambien is in a class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. Though Ambien does not belong to the benzodiazepine "z-drug" class, it displays the same medical results as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but is not as dangerous or known to form serious dependency effects as benzodiazepines do.
The makers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as a less addictive alternative to benzos for people with acute insomnia.
It takes just about two weeks for an individual to become addicted to Ambien. In less than 14 days, one can develop reliance on the drug.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. The presence of withdrawal symptoms of Ambien is the primary sign of an addiction.
Other signs of an Ambien addiction include:
Frequent refilling of the prescriptions
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Experiencing cravings for Ambien
Risk taking behaviour that they cannot recall afterward
Indulging in extra expenditure on the purchase of the drug
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.
Ambien becomes less and less effective 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.
The manufacturer name for Ambien is 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. 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.
Ambien can produce a strong sedative effect by binding the neuroreceptors which can slow down activity of the brain.
Ambien was marketed mainly as an alternative to Benzodiazepines, such as Halcion, which are known for their addictive potential and other side effects. The manufacturers of Ambien marketed it as a not so addictive alternative.
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. "Non-benzodiazepine z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines." according to Dr Michael Weaver who is an expert on over dependence on addictive drugs.
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. Despite this, the euphoric and hallucinatory effects of the drug make the people use it often.
Ambien Abuse And Effects
Taking Ambien without a prescription or in any way not directed by a doctor is abuse. 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 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. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
In some ways, Ambien is a safer alternative to benzodiazepine sedatives because there is less potential to overdose on the drug. 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.
Because Ambien suppresses the central nervous system, it has the potential to slow breathing and cause a heart attack. Dangerous abuse can come out of it. Someone with slow abnormal breathing or faint heartbeat could be on an Ambien overdose.
Drug Combinations That Are Common
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Oftentimes when someone's tolerance to Ambien builds, they need higher doses of the drug to fall asleep. Some people with an Ambien tolerance try to amplify the sedative effects of the drug by taking alcohol with their pill. Mixing alcohol with Ambien is hazardous because both 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.
Statistics On Ambien Usage
A medically assisted detox is the beginning of recovering from Ambien addiction. 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. If you are prepared to quit Ambien call us now on 0800 772 3971 to understand the treatment options available to you.