What Is Ambien?
Ambien or Zolpidem tartrate has been widely prescribed as a sleep medication, anticonvulsant as well as muscle relaxant not only in the United States but also in other parts of the world. It is actually known to be highly effective in inducing sleep when used in the short term. In fact, the drug is known to produce results within fifteen minutes. It is for this reason that it has become so popular.
This drug works in conjunction with a natural chemical in the brain known as GABA. The chemical makes one of the brain’s 18 key chemicals responsible for controlling the communication between neighboring cells of the brain. When brain cells discharge the chemical, it hinders the neighboring brain cells’ electrical activity. Studies show that the drug works with the chemical to reduce further the chances of particular brain cells getting electrically active.
Ambien should never be used to induce sleep for a period exceeding 10 days. It is also recommended that re-evaluation be done if the drug is taken for a period exceeding two weeks. Despite the effectiveness of the drug in inducing sleep, it is known to possess quite a high potential for abuse or addiction. This is especially when the drug has been taken for an extended period of time.
It is always important that the individual look into the predisposing or underlying factors causing the insomnia. These could be physical or even psychological problems. Until these are treated, the individual would still experience insomnia.
When consumed for an extended period of time, more of its residue will be deposited in the system. This residue is exactly what results in physical and psychological dependency. In such an instance, the body would be relying on the drug in order to function normally.
In this case the individual would experience withdrawal symptoms if he or she stays for too long without consuming the drug. Some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced in such instances include sweating, panic attacks, stomach cramps, extreme irritability, insomnia, general body weakness and fatigue, nausea with or without vomiting and tremors.
These withdrawal symptoms actually deter many individuals from quitting ambien. With continued usage, the individual would develop chemical tolerance to the drug. This is a situation where the drug becomes increasingly ineffective in bringing about the intended effects when taken in the normal dosage.
This means that the individual would have to increase the amounts taken in order to get the intended results. With continued consumption, the individual would have to progressively increase the amounts taken and eventually not only become an addict but may also overdose.
Ambien comes with a wide range of side effects especially touching on the health and behavioral aspects of the individual. These range in severity depending on various factors like amounts taken, the duration of time, health as well how the drug is taken. Actually, the drug may be taken orally, crushed then snorted like cocaine or cooked the injected intravenously.
When mixing ambien with other drugs or alcohol, the side effects are more pronounced and more serious. In fact, some of the side effects touch on the fatal. Seeking medical attention (800-303-2482) as soon as possible would be imperative so that the addiction can be treated in monitored environments.