Ambien is a prescription medication that is not traditionally seen as a drug that can cause addiction, but people can build up a dependency to it. When combined with other substances, or if it is not taken as prescribed by a doctor, Ambien can be dangerous. The drug is seen as the safer option in terms of sleep aids, and is prescribed more often than Xanax or other sedatives that can be much more habit forming.
In 2013, the FDA lowered the dosage of Ambien and strongly encouraged individuals not to share their prescriptions. Once on the market, those who were prescribed Ambien experienced adverse side effects that were said to be potentially dangerous for anyone taking the drug. Users reported impaired reactions and feeling groggy the next day. Others, almost in a state of sleep, reported driving, eating and walking while on Ambien. Many of these instances can be heightened if mixed with alcohol.
Those who may not fully comprehend the repercussions when taking any form of prescription sleep aid, might inadvertently mix the drug with alcohol. Friends and family might innocently share their medications to help another person sleep, only for this to have harmful effects. No prescription medication should ever be given without proper screening from a medical professional. Sometimes individuals think they can play with their dosage of Ambien because when taken in its correct amount, the drug can seem pretty harmless. If individuals start upping their dosage or mixing their medication with alcohol, this may be considered as recreational use, and can lead to prescription drug addiction.
Ambien doesn’t have the same effect on all of its users. Some might have the direct opposite of the intended drowsiness, and may instead have feelings of euphoria. This reaction in itself can be enough to lead an individual to become mentally dependent on a drug. If this is continued for purposes other than just a mild sleep aid, individuals can quickly become addicted to Ambien.
Much like other sedatives, one’s tolerance will rise, and addicts will have to take more of the drug to achieve the same effects. The positive sensation that some feel immediately after taking Ambien can be hard to shake, and individuals might go to new lengths in order to obtain more of this drug. Individuals who have addictive natures or that have a history of addiction in their family, might not be suitable for Ambien use.
Ambien can cause individuals to do things while in a state of sleepwalking, which must be dealt immediately. When an individual falls into the habit of taking Ambien for purposes other than sleeping, this is a clear sign of Ambien abuse. An Ambien dependency can affect an addict twofold; they need this drug to keep the euphoric feeling, but also cannot sleep without it. If an individual that has been using Ambien attempts to stop, withdrawal symptoms will likely appear.
Ambien users that are coming off of the drug might experience shaking, cramps, vomiting and even seizures. Effects of withdrawal can emotionally draining as well. Symptoms include crying, nervousness and panic attacks. If an individual has a long standing addiction to Ambien and is possibly mixing this drug with other substances, detox in a medically supervised environment is recommended.
Dependency on any drug is damaging both mentally and physically. Ambien is usually thought of as a tame prescription sleep aid, but for some, this can turn into a difficult addiction to overcome in a short amount of time. When seeking Ambien rehab, understanding the risks and warning signs is the first step to realizing a problem truly exists.
For those who may have simply grown dependent on Ambien through a prescription, talk with your doctor about lowering your dosage in hopes of gradually weaning off of the medication. If you fear that your Ambien use isn’t simply a dependency issue, and instead a dangerous addiction, treatment and recovery is recommended, and programs that cover treatment for sedative addiction are ready to help.
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