Ambien (Zolpidem)

Ambien is a prescription sleeping medication used for treating insomnia and some brain disorders.  This pharmaceutical pill is in the class of drugs called sedative/hypnotics.

The drug works through binding to the inhibitor neurotransmitter in the brain called GABA, producing a powerful sedative effect that induces sleep.  Ambien is generally taken orally in 5 to 10mg tablets.

Sleeping pills, like Ambien, are intended to be used only for a short time period of up to 2 weeks.  Due to the addictive nature of this prescription drug, many individuals innocently develop an Ambien habit.  What starts out as a means to simply get a good night sleep quickly turns into an uncontrollable desire for more.

Ambien abuse is a growing problem in America today.  Prescription sleeping pill sales now total $4.5 billion annually.

While abusing prescription sleeping pills generally does not kill people, combining these drugs with other prescription pills can.  When Ambien is combined with alcohol or any other substance the combinations can have an addictive effect, especially in those who have a history of substance abuse.  Some concoctions containing Ambien can lead to overdose.

Ambien Slang Terms:

  • sleep easy
  • sleepers
  • sleeping pills
  • vitamin A

Ambien Side Effects:

The effects of Ambien are very similar to those of a benzodiazepine.  Hypnotic drugs like Ambien cause muscle relaxation, sedation, minimize anxiety and can act as anti-seizure medications.

The hypnotic effect of Ambien is more prevalent than the anti-seizure reaction, which makes the drug more useful as a sleeping pill.  Ambien has been known to put people to sleep faster and keep them asleep longer than any other sleep aid.

The downside to Ambien is that people tend to not know what they are getting themselves into and they may do things under the influence of Ambien that they have no recollection of the next day.

People are generally unaware of the dangerous side effects associated with Ambien.  One of the most harmful effects of Ambien includes sleep and fill in the blank with any verb (sleep walking, sleep talking, sleep phoning, sleep e mailing, sleep driving, sleep sex,  sleep cooking, sleep eating, sleep cleaning or sleep buying Online).

What this means is that people under the influence of Ambien do things that they have no recollection of doing the next day.  They are in a state of sleep or near sleep where they have no memory of what they have done.

Dangerous side effects associated with Ambien include the following:

  • Hallucinations
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Depressive effect on breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sleepwalking
  • Euphoria
  • Amnesia
  • Balance problems
  • Short term memory loss
  • Delusions
  • Vision changes
  • Increased libido
  • Increased appetite

As with other prescription medications, when a person takes Ambien for an extended period of time they may develop a tolerance.  More of the drug is needed to produce the same effect.

The psychological effects of Ambien are similar to any other prescription medication.  Besides psychological dependence, people who abuse Ambien undergo some serious physical withdrawal symptoms.

When an Ambien addict does not have the drug, or they are trying to stop using with out help from a detox center they may experience the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Stomach pains

If you or someone you care about needs help with Ambien addiction, please call (877) 674-2157. All calls are confidential.

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