Taking Ambien As Prescribed?
If not, you might have a problem.
What’s more, it’s easy to lose your control over your Ambien use. Ambien is prescribed only for occasional or temporary use, and should not be used for extended period of time.
So how do you know the difference between OK use and a problem?
Medicinal Use Of Ambien
Ambien is prescribed by doctors to help people who suffer from insomnia to achieve better sleep. Zolpidem, the main ingredient in Ambien, is a hypnotic drug. It is used to help relieve anxiety, treat seizures, and occasionally prepare patients for surgery. Zolpidem, however, is most often used for its pronounced drowsy and relaxing effect that makes it a good sleeping aid.
Doctors prescribe Ambien sleeping pills for patients suffering from insomnia on a prescription basis only. Ambien is usually taken only once before going to bed in the evening. For medical purposes, doctors usually start by prescribing the lowest effective dose, 5 mg for women and either 5 mg or 10 mg for men. Women tend to have lower body weight than men and drug distribution is quicker on their bodies, so their doses are usually smaller.
Doctors usually do not prescribe Ambien for more than 10 days of continuous use. Furthermore, dosing is not recommended for periods of time longer than six (6) consecutive weeks. And if you continue to use Ambien after 6 weeks…you can be causing yourself a great deal of physical and mental problems.
Recreational Use Of Ambien
People also use Ambien for recreational purposes. In large doses, Ambien may cause drowsiness plus periods of wakefulness dissociated from reality, coupled with bizarre behavior and cloudy consciousness and short-term memory loss. Users describe these effects as an “Ambien trip”. These effects of Ambien can last for several hours at a time.
Ambien affects the brain and triggers changes that associate the drug with reward and motivation, which explains why people recreationally use Ambien. But using Ambien recreationally can be dangerous. Large doses of Ambien can cause death. Recently, cases of Ambien overdose and deaths are already causing increased numbers of emergency-room visits.
Ambien is designed for oral intake only, and taking Ambien orally is the safest route of administration. Some users snort crushed Ambien tablets, but this practice can irritate the mucosal lining of the nasal passages or cause permanent damage.
Long Term Ambien Use
Long-term Ambien use is defined as regular, daily use for 4-6 weeks (more more) at a time. Ambien is prescribed only for occasional or temporary use, and should not be used for extended period of time. Using the medication at larger doses than prescribed or for longer than intended can develop into Ambien dependence and even addiction.
In fact, Ambien bottles usually have explicit labels with warnings about possible physical dependency, and doctors are advised to take time to discuss this when prescribing the drug. Whether they do so if usually up to them. However, you should know that using Ambien for long periods of time can harm your health. In fact, to be really safe, Ambien should not be used continually for more than ten (10) days consecutively.
Furthermore, using large doses of Ambien or using it longer than intended can result in addiction. Users become addicted to Ambien even when used as directed. Risk of addiction is high when taking zolpidem for euphoric effect. Because it is addictive, Ambien is a controlled drug. Long-term use of Ambien can cause the following:
- Tolerance to Ambien, or the need to take more of the drug to feel its effects.
- Addiction to Ambien
- Physical dependence on Ambien resulting in withdrawal when doses stop or decrease
- Insomnia or rebound insomnia due to tolerance
Prolonged Use Of Ambien
Ambien works by inhibiting certain neurotransmitters in the brain, and totally changes brain function every time it is administered. Over time, the brain and the body adapt to the presence of zolpidem, eventually becoming dependent on the drug. Dependence continues as long as you take the drug on a regular basis, and due to tolerance, you feel the need to take more of the drug over time just to feel the effects.
Cutting off doses of Ambien or significantly decreasing Ambien doses can cause withdrawal symptoms in people physically dependent on zolpidem. This happens because the brain becomes so reliant on Ambien that it needs to adjust when drug use is reduced or totally stopped. Because the drug is quickly metabolized in the body, withdrawal symptoms can occur within 2 hour of the next expected dose…making Ambien detox at a medical clinic a necessity for all dependent or addicted individuals who wish to quit use safely.
Like any other drug, withdrawal symptoms of Ambien can unpleasant, a fact which tends to prevent dependent people or addicts from stopping drug abuse. Here are the signs and symptoms of Ambien withdrawal:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Panic attacks
- Stomach cramps
- Unpleasant sensations and thoughts
Ambien Abuse Questions
If you use Ambien in accordance with your doctor’s advice and within the clinically suggested guidelines, you should not experience complications of short term use. However if your use gets out of hand…don’t despair! There are effective therapy methods that can help you get the most out of your Ambien addiction treatment…with success!
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