The Dangers of Ambien Abuse and Addiction

The Dangers of Ambien Abuse and Addiction

Ambien or also called Zolpidem is a sedative that falls into the category of central nervous system depressant (CNS). These depressants are normally prescribed for people who can't sleep because of anxiety or insomnia but are also prescribed for individuals suffering from seizures. Ambien quiets the brain down which decreases anxiousness and relaxes the person. Ambien is prescribed for short term treatment and should not be used for extended periods of time.

CNS depressants like Ambien are prescription drugs and when taken as directed or prescribed they are very safe and effective. Unfortunately this isn't always the case. Ambien as well as other central nervous system depressants are abused taken in large doses and sometimes combined with alcohol and other drugs. For recreational enjoyment there are many young people as well as adults abusing drugs like ambien for fun just to get high or buzzed.

Ambien and other prescription drugs are very easy to get. You can buy them on the street very easily. Some people steal them from pharmacies or keep several doctors on hand in order to get prescriptions. Many prescription medications like sleeping pills are gotten simply by clicking your mouse on the internet from an illegal pharmacy. Sadly it's just that simple anymore for people to get their hands on drugs that are dangerous and addictive.

Central nervous system depressants such as ambien are like many other drugs on the market today, they can be addictive if they're abused or miss-used. Most people who use drugs like ambien for pleasure take high doses of the substance; they don't take them as directed because they want to get high. Unfortunately tolerance kicks in and they need to increase the amount they take. This doesn't just happen to those abusing ambien to get high either. People who are prescribed ambien over time feel the need to increase their medication because they have built a tolerance to the drug. Many times they don't discuss this with their physician they just double up their own dose. That's just how easy it is to become dependent on prescription drugs like ambien.

Another choice many people make when taking central nervous system depressants like ambien is mixing them with other depressants or alcohol. Some people do this accidentally or unknowingly and others do it intentionally. This is extremely serious because they are depressants; they slow down the brain functions and relax breathing. When mixing ambien with other substances that cause drowsiness like painkillers, alcohol or cold pills that you buy over the counter, your heart rate and breathing slows down to a very dangerous level. This has happened to people many times and has resulted in death.

Ambien Withdrawal

An individual should never stop taking ambien suddenly or without a doctor's supervision. It doesn't matter if a person is taking ambien legitimately from their doctor or not they should never stop on their own especially if they have taken them for 2 weeks or more. The withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to miserable. Some of the symptoms that are associated with ambien withdrawal are; trembling, muscles and stomach begin to cramp, vomiting can occur, sweating and seizures may occur. Seizures are rare but they do happen so always seek medical help if you stop using ambien.

Ambien (Zolpidem) Overdose

Any time you're taking drugs that slow down your brain functions you have to be very careful not to be careless. Mixing ambien with alcohol especially high doses of either can result in an ambien overdose. Mixing ambien with other drugs is equally as dangerous especially if there is alcohol involved. Ambien slows down brain function activity and relaxes your heart and breathing, alcohol is a depressant also and does the same thing. Combining depressants or taking high doses of them is not only dangerous but can cost you your life. Many people have done this and not woke up. The symptoms of ambien overdose are:

  1. Serious levels of fatigue
  2. Heart Failure
  3. Respiratory Failure
  4. Coma
  5. Death

If you or someone you know has a problem with sleeping pills like ambien or any other drug dependency don't wait until it's too late. No one ever thinks an overdose will happen to them and most addicts think they can stop anytime they want. I wish that were true but in the 'real world' it isn't. Call anytime 1-800-559-9503 and we can help you take that first step towards a healthy drug-free tomorrow!

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Topic Discussion

  1. Addict

    Hope that you will continue doing nice article like this. I will be one of your loyal readers if you maintain this kind of post!

  2. Addict

    Great article about the effects of Ambien abuse and ambien addiction.

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