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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Addiction to Ambien

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Ambien, also known generically as zolpidem is a sedative-hypnotic with effects similar to Valium and Xanax. It is most often prescribed to people for short-term treatment of insomnia. Short term insomnia would be for a duration of around 4 weeks. Physicians are always advised to exclude other possible reasons for insomnia that last longer than this time frame. If you live in South Carolina and are experiencing insomnia or sleep deprivation, see: Stress And Insomnia - Restless Legs Syndrome South Carolina for a list of doctors throughout South Carolina that treat Insomnia.

Ambien is a schedule VI drug as defined by the FDA, and is considered to have a somewhat low potential for abuse. That being said, Ambien can be habit forming especially in cases where it is taken for longer that a short term treatment. Those taking the medicine on a regular basis for longer than 4 to 5 weeks should look into other reasons for the insomnia. Addiction to this drug occur when there is a hidden illness either physical or mental that is affecting the patients inability to sleep. If one is addicted to this drug, they should not attempt to stop on their own without proper treatment. Symptoms of Ambien withdrawal include insomnia, fatigue, stomach cramps, and panic attacks.

Here are some disadvantage involved with using Ambien
  1. This drug causes retrograde amnesia, meaning the patient may forget what occurs prior to and after taking the drug. Combined with alcohol, this drug has been used as a date rape drug.
  2. If one has become addicted to Ambien, suddenly stopping can be extremely dangerous especially if over use of the drug has caused the patient to build up a tolerance. Seizures could be triggered by doing so suddenly.
  3. Ambien is a “downer” and for those suffering from depression this drug may cause symptoms of depression to become worse. Taking any form of this drug via the black market means no medical supervision and can result in accidental overdose. Combined with alcohol, this drug has been used by those suffering from depression to commit suicide.
While this drug is considered safe, and a useful treatment for temporary problems with sleeping, this article covers the negatives as they relate strictly to addiction of the drug. For most people, this drug is helpful. However it should never be taken without being under the care of a healthcare provider. For information on other types of addictions, see: The Addicted Family.
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