Colorado Drug Rehab Addresses Ambien Addiction



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Ambien
Ambien is a Schedule IV controlled substance available in 5- and 10-mg tablets. A Schedule IV drug has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III. A Schedule IV drug has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Also, a Schedule IV drug may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III.

Patients who abuse prescription sleep aids such as Ambien almost always form an addiction. Individuals with a history of drug addiction or substance abuse are at increased risk for habituation and Ambien addiction. Therefore, they should be under careful surveillance when taking any hypnotic such as Ambien. We have had cases were child ern have called us in an attempt to keep their parents from overdosing on Ambien, but because of the psychotic effects of Ambien abuse, they were unable to communicate successfully with their parents which led to needing the help of others to intervene on this terribly addictive drug.

Ambien addiction is often difficult for friends and family to recognize until there is a level as describe in the previous paragraph.. With drugs in this class, a person does not need to abuse drugs daily to have a problem with addiction; the pattern of abuse may be occasional and still be very problematic. The abuse is usually an intensely private affair, with the abuser violating their moral codes repeatedly to keep their secret going.

Ambien Overdose
Of course, one of the problems with this secret live is the threat of an overdose. Ambien with the generic name of Zolpidem belongs to a class of medicines that effects the central nervous system, called sedative hypnotics. Ambien is closely related to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines. These drugs cause sedation, muscle relaxation, act as anti-convulsants (anti-seizure), and have anti-anxiety properties. Ambien has selectivity in that it has little of the muscle relaxant or anti-seizure effect and more of the sedative effect. Therefore, it is used as a medication for sleep. People who take too much Ambien may become excessively sleepy or even go into a light coma. The symptoms of overdose are more severe if the person is also taking other drugs that depress the central nervous system. Some cases of multiple overdoses have been fatal. However, one should be aware that withdrawing from Ambien too abruptly after prolonged use, can also be dangerous.

When abused, Ambien tablets are taken orally, crushed and then snorted, or dissolved in water and "cooked" for intravenous injection. Many unexpected users will try different ways to enhance the effects of Ambien without realizing that they could easily reach a lethal-dose with their first injection, and because these hypnotics are designed to slow down the normal metabolism, a person can die a few minutes after thinking he has found a "good high". It is very dangerous to change the mode of administration of these or other drugs.

Overdose of Ambien may include:

• sleepiness
• confusion
• dizziness
• clumsiness
• severe nausea or vomiting
• staggering
• difficult or slow breathing
• slowed heart rate
• unconsciousness

Ambien Withdrawal
Ambien with the generic name of Zolpidem belongs to a class of medicines that effects the central nervous system, called sedative hypnotics. Ambien is closely related to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines and its withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of benzodiazepines, such as Xanax. These drugs cause sedation, muscle relaxation, act as anti-convulsants (anti-seizure), and have anti-anxiety properties. After taking them for a continual period, the symptoms that they were treating and for which the person may have sought the drug in the first place, are again exhibited and exaggerated, even to the pint of being deadly. Ambien has selectivity in that it has little of the muscle relaxant or anti-seizure effect and more of the sedative effect. Therefore, it is used as a medication for sleep. Addiction to Ambien can occur with regular use for an extended amount of time. Once discontinued, Ambien Withdrawal symptoms may arise. This creates a vicious cycle, the user has the desire to quit using Ambien, but the Ambien Withdrawal symptoms they experience are the same if not worse than before their initial use of Ambien.

Ambien Withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

• Abnormal extroversion or aggressive behavior
• Loss of personal identity
• Confusion
• Strange behavior
• Agitation
• Hallucinations
• Worsening of depression
• Suicidal thoughts
• Insomnia
• Anxiety

Ambien Side Effects

Ambien belongs to a class of drugs that cause sedation, muscle relaxation, act as anti-convulsants (anti-seizure), and have anti-anxiety properties. Ambien addiction and abuse affects many in Colorado because of the ease in which doctors will prescribe this drug to anyone that asks for it or has symptoms that are supposedly treated by the drug. Many become addicted unintentionally and do not realize it until they experience withdrawal symptoms when they discontinue use.

Ambien side effects include but are not limited to: (look at these side effects that are listed alphabetically and ask yourself if Ambien is really something that you need to take. Many people think that these side effects are rare, but in our experience, they are more common that you are led to know. Whenever you become toxic on any of these types of drugs, you will be diminishing your abilities and causing you to exhibit symptoms because of your contamination with drugs.

• abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, abnormal vision, agitation, amnesia, anxiety, arthritis
• back pain, bronchitis, burning sensation
• chest pain, confusion, constipation, coughing
• daytime sleeping, decreased mental alertness, depression, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating, difficulty swallowing, diminished sensitivity to touch, dizziness on standing, double vision, dry mouth
• emotional instability, exaggerated feeling of well-being, eye irritation
• falling, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms
• gas, general discomfort
• hallucination, hiccup, high blood pressure, high blood sugar
• increased sweating, infection, insomnia, itching
• joint pain
• lack of bladder control, lack of coordination, lethargy, light-headedness, loss of appetite
• menstrual disorder, migraine, muscle pain
• nasal inflammation, nervousness, numbness
• paleness, prickling or tingling sensation
• rapid heartbeat, rash, ringing in the ears
• sinus inflammation, sleep disorder, speech difficulties, swelling due to fluid retention
• taste abnormalities, throat inflammation, throbbing heartbeat, tremor
• unconsciousness, upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection
• vertigo, vomiting
• weakness

As you can see from this long list of side-effects, Ambien is a drug that can easily cause more harm than its application can help anyone. If you are having trouble sleeping or think that you need Ambien to relax, it would benefit you and your future to read the page on this site that deals with the nutritional basis of addiciton and pay close attention to what is written about CalMag. This combination of calcium and magnesium is a very safe and better relaxant that any drug that has been developed by the pharmaceutical industry.

Being addicted to Ambien is as devestating as being addicted to any narcotic. Your dependence on Ambien rules your life and fearing that you might run out of your Ambien medication or that you will try to take less occupies most of your idle thoughts and, at times, makes you feel very disappointed that you ever got to this state. You justify it by telling yourself that you had to have your sleep and, in some ways, people are victims to their doctors and pharmacist who don't give them enough warnings or monitor them closely enought to ensure that they don't get addicted to Ambien, but it happens very quickly and no matter who is the one to blame, we can help you free yourself from this terrible sleeping pill addiciton. We have gon over only a few of the remedies on freeing yourself from Ambien addiction. Call us and we will be happy to shre more.

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