Ambien is a hypnotic drug prescribed to patients who are suffering from acute insomnia. This is a non-benzodiazepine “z-drug” which has some effects as benzodiazepine drugs but with fewer chances of addiction.
The makers of the Ambien have marked the medicine to be less addictive to benzos for the people with acute insomnia. The patient can use this drug for about two weeks, but after that, the person starts to become an addict and may use higher doses to feel relax or to get the desired result. Ambien is the schedule IV pills controlled substance. This means that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) thinks that people will not use it for the recreational way. But unfortunately, people are using it and getting addicted to it.
Some people do not realize addiction to these pills until they stop taking them. When they leave it, they start getting some symptoms and are not able to sleep without them. Some of the common signs that you are addicted to Ambien are:
• Taking larger doses than prescribed
• Cravings for Ambien
• Using a massive amount of cash on pills
• Refilling prescriptions unusually often
• Isolating oneself from friends and family
People who are abusing the drugs buy it from the streets also. Some of the common street names of Ambien are no-gos, zombie pills, sleep easy, tic-tacs and A-minus.
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When you take a pill to for a more extended period, then the prescribed time given by the doctor is an abuse of the drug. Even when you take the extra medicine or extra dose to get asleep is considered as the abuse.
Ambien has to be taken by the patient while going for sleep, but when he or she takes the pills hours before the rest is also a form of abuse.
Ambien might be the safer option for the insomniac patients, but when they start abusing it, there are some of the side effects. These side effects can be:
• Memory loss
• Mood swings
• Abnormal thoughts like suicide
These are not the complete list of the side effects if you find any unusual problem, then you should immediately contact the doctor.
Common Drug Combination
Alcohol is one of the most common substances that are mixed with Ambien. People who use the Ambien for the longer time may form a tolerance toward the drug and to get the desired result they start mixing the drugs. Mixing the Ambien with the Alcohol can be dangerous as both substances affect your Central Nervous System and act as a depressant. This kind of abuse can lead you to the fatal overdose also.
Some people combine the benzos like Valium also with it.
• There has been an increase of 220% between 2005 and 2010 due to drug abuse related to Ambien.
• More than half a million people are abusing the drug right now.
Addiction from the Ambien is to be treated immediately. This can be done by visiting a rehabilitation center and getting the treatment. In the rehabilitation center, they will detox all the chemicals that have been synergized in your body. If you are afraid of the withdrawal symptoms, then there is no need to worry about that as they will be monitoring every step and provide you the medication according to that only.
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