Top 10 addictive sleep aids
Sleeping pills are hypnotic drugs
Sleeping pills are used to get you to sleep, or to keep you asleep. The drugs are psychoactive, which means that they cross the blood – brain barrier and act on the central nervous system, including the brain. Sleeping pills are classed as hypnotic, or soporific, drugs and can be extremely habit forming. In fact, some people come to rely on sleeping pills to get to sleep and cannot sleep without them.
Will I become a sleeping pill addict?
Although sleeping pills can be addictive, this does not mean that everyone who takes them will become a pill addict. In fact, people generally develop a physical tolerance to the most well-known and used types of sleeping pills (benzodiazepines) after a short 1 – 2 weeks of taking them. Regardless of the build up of physical tolerance (needing more drug to achieve the same original effects), addiction is further characterized by these requirements:
* continued use of sleeping pills despite negative consequences related to their use
* obsessive thoughts about sleeping pills
* experiencing cravings for taking or using sleeping pills
* withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking sleeping pills
Top 10 additive sleeping pills
1. Ambien, Ambien CR (zolpidem)
2. Ativan (lorazepam)
3. Edluar (zolpidem)
5. Halcion (triazolam)
6. Klonopin (clonazepam)
7. Lunesta (eszopiclone)
8. Restoril (temazepam)
9. Rozeram (ramelteon)
10. Sonata (zaleplon)
Do you have a sleeping pill addiction problem?
Addiction is no longer stigmatized as a moral deficiency, but as a medical and mental health condition. If you think that you have a sleeping pill problem, you probably do. Check with your prescribing doctor and report symptoms and behaviors so that you can work together to identify next steps. Or post here and let us know what’s happening. We’ll try to help you as best we can!
Reference source: National Library of Medicine Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia for “Sleeping difficulty” and “Hypnotics”
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