Stilnox is one of the brand names for zolpidem, a short-term insomnia treatment drug. Unfortunately, Stilnox can be abused to create euphoria, and as such, can become addictive.
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What Is Stilnox?
According to the National Library of Medicine, Stilnox is used to treat insomnia by "slowing activity in the brain to allow sleep." As a sedative-hypnotic, Stilnox is considered a CNS depressant and is recommended to be taken only right before bed and as an insomnia treatment. Most doctors prescribe their patients the medication only for a short amount of time - two or three months or less - in order to avoid their becoming dependent on it.
However, like other commonly abused CNS depressants, Stilnox can cause intense euphoria in those who take it in high doses and then fight the urge to sleep. This misuse can lead to a number of severe side effects, including addiction and overdose. Individuals who become addicted to Stilnox often require intensive treatment in a rehab center.
Signs and Symptoms of Stilnox Use
Drowsiness and fatigue are the most common symptoms of Stilnox use. Because the drug is meant to allow a person to sleep, it is important that an individual does not use it and then drive a car or participate in another activity requiring immense concentration. Other common signs and symptoms of Stilnox use include:
- Problems with Coordination and Walking
- Difficulty Keeping One's Balance
- Feeling Brugged
- Stomach Pain or Tenderness
- Unusual Dreams
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Ringing, Pain, or Itching in Ears
- Changes in Appetite
- Joint, Back, or Neck Pain
Most of these side effects are mild, and if they do not go away, can be treated with other medications. However, there are certain side effects associated with Stilnox use that can be dangerous.
Risks of Stilnox Use
According to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, "Some people using this medicine have engaged in activities such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity." This can sometimes happen when the individual was supposed to have been sleeping.
If this happens to you, it is important to talk to your doctor about the issue and to stop taking Stilnox under their supervision.
Other, more intense side effects associated with Stilnox include:
- Unusual Thoughts and Risk-Taking Behavior
- Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
A person can also become dependent on and tolerant to the effects of Stilnox, which often occurs if they take the drug for longer than a few weeks.
While this is a natural effect of long-term use of the drug, severe withdrawal symptoms may also occur, such as Anxiety, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts and Aggression.
This is why patients are urged to only take the drug for a short amount of time.
Zolpidem abuse, in all its forms, is dangerous and prevalent in today's society. Unfortunately, many people misuse this medication by crushing the tablet and snorting it in order to experience the effects of the drug more immediately and all at once. This is very dangerous, as large amount of the drug can lead to severe respiratory depression and death. Stilnox abusers put themselves at serious risk of all the issues listed above as well as addiction.
Stilnox Addiction and Treatment
When a person becomes addicted to a CNS depressant, they will first need to be weaned off the drug or treated with other medications so the severe withdrawal effects do not occur in full (National Institute on Drug Abuse). After one is stabilized through detox, behavioral therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and contingency management, can be very effective at putting an end to the individual's substance abuse and helping them learn and maintain better coping mechanisms for the future.
Stilnox can be taken safely and effectively as prescribed to treat insomnia. However, those who misuse it put themselves in severe danger. Call 800-807-0951 now if you have been misusing your or someone else's medication in order to find the best, safest rehab program for your current needs. Our treatment advisors are standing by.