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 placed in the class of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. The same medical effectiveness is found in this non-benzodiazepine "z-drug" as benzodiazepines like Xanax without the same dangerous and habit-forming features those drugs are known for.
The Ambien was designed and marketed as a less addictive drug by its makers alternative to benzos for people with severe insomnia.
Although it is not as habit-forming as benzos, Ambien is an addictive substance. One can become addicted inside two weeks of using it for the first time.
It is when people suffer insomnia after quitting the drug that it dawns on some people that they are addicted to it. The onset of withdrawal symptoms confirms the dependency has formed.
An Ambien addiction will also include the following signs:
Refilling prescriptions unusually often
Repeatedly taking 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
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.
If you use Ambien for some weeks, its potency reduces. By this time, they cannot sleep at all without the drug and will need more dosage to fall asleep.
The manufacturer name for Ambien is Zolpidem. Due to a pervasive advertising campaign, the drug's properties as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious) in popular culture. This is a medication which is commonly used as a temporary treatment for insomnia. Ambien is taken by mouth as a small, oblong tablet or as an extended-release tablet. For more impact, some users will grind the drug and use it through the nose. Slang terms for Ambien include the following: no goes, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tics and A-minus.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the brain activity.
Before Ambien, benzodiazepines like Halcion were used but were criticized for their addictive properties, so Ambien was introduced into the market as an alternative. Safe and without the potential for addiction were the words of the manufacturers of the drug.
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 schedule IV controlled substance. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) claims that it means that people aren't likely to use it recreationally. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
Effects Of Ambien Abuse
Using the drug without a doctor's permission or beyond the recommended dose constitutes addiction Reckless use of the drug includes taking any form of the drug in large quantities. Once someone builds a tolerance to Ambien, they need larger doses to fall asleep.
This strengthens their dependence on the drug to sleep which causes many users to escalate their doses without medical guidance.
Ambien is supposed to be taken immediately before bed, but many people are known to ingest the drug hours before heading to bed. This leads to a euphoria that washes away insecurity and self-conscious behaviour.
Just because Ambien has a less risk of overdose than other benzodiazepines does not make it any safer to get addicted to. The symptoms of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug, therefore, it might be difficult to detect an Ambien overdose.
Ambien is a potent central nervous system depressant and can slow down the breeding of the user along with the heart rate to the point of being harmful. If too much of the drug has been consumed, it could result in death. A sign of danger for abuse of the drug are reduction in the heartbeat rate.
Popular Combinations Of The Drug
Alcohol is one of the most common substances, which is ingested along 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. The activities of the central nervous system are usually inhibited by alcohol and Ambien, giving the combination a lethal undertone.
Many people have also combined Ambien along 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. Many inpatient or outpatient rehab clinics provide resources for detox as well as counselling to work out behaviours that lead to Ambien use. When you are ready to stop using Ambien, call us on 0800 772 3971 to learn more about your treatment options available.