You know that feeling when you want to smash your alarm clock for a few extra minutes of sleep? I guess you do. Whether you are a 9 to 5 working dad or a housewife with a day fully loaded with you know that feeling when you want to smash your alarm clock for a few extra minutes of sleep? I guess you do. Whether you are a 9 to 5 working dad or a housewife with a day fully loaded with chores, there is no denying that a good night sleep is the best way to end the day. Sadly, not everyone is fortunate enough to be blessed with this privilege. In fact, it was estimated that 50 to 70 million adults in the United States alone are suffering from some form of chronic wakefulness or sleep disorder. With such widespread problem at hand, it is quite unsurprising that solutions have been presented. Sadly, these solutions, if abused, can cause even more drastic problems.
Zolpidem, sold under the brand name Ambien among others, is one of the solutions utilized to confront insomnia. It is a prescription sedative used to combat sleeplessness and add a few more hours of sleep. Just like most drugs with effects relying on the manipulation and disturbance of our neurotransmitters and receptors, Zolpidem can be addictive if misused. In fact, it can be addictive even if you take it with a prescription.
Signs of Ambien Addiction
Not every Ambien abuser became addicted by choice. Some did not even notice that they are being dragged into the depths of addiction as they consume Ambien in hopes of eliminating sleep deprivation. The latter is not very surprising, especially because Zolpidem was prescribed 43.8 million times in 2012 alone. Hence, it is extremely important to know the signs that a person is beginning to be addicted to Ambien.
The first sign is tolerance. In the long run, a person may find his sleep no longer improved by Ambien. This has the potential to lead to Ambien craving and eventually addiction. The following are manifestations of Ambien addiction:
• Craving for other sleeping pills when you run out of Ambien
• Running out of Ambien ahead of refill date
• Disturbed sleep-wake cycle
• Seeking Ambien or any other brand of Zolpidem in street vendors
Rarer cases of Ambien addiction manifests the following:
• Respiratory Depression
Avoiding Ambien Addiction and Misuse
Addiction is one steep mountain, but the problem does not start from there. Simple misuse can be very damaging and even deadly. For instance, overdose from Ambien can potentially be fatal. Misusing it can also mess up with your normal activities such as driving. Way back in 2006, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy was caught driving eratically, admitting that he was consuming Ambien. With such risks in mind, let us now discuss how you can avoid being accidentally addicted to Ambien.
First, you should always follow your doctor’s prescription. That is, you should take Ambien at the right time and quantity. However, the doctor is not an omniscient being who will be able to monitor you 24/7. Hence, it is important that you update them with your condition, especially if you are beginning to see the signs of addiction. It is also important to purchase from authorized sellers so that you are certain of its effectiveness. Last but not the least, never use Ambien for recreational purposes.
Ambien and Alcohol Abuse
Abusing both Ambien and Alcohol at the same time is like constructing a room connected to another one through a hallway with three doors. Talk about redundancy!
Ambien acts on the GABAA positive receptors of the brain and so does Alcohol. While this makes it seem like Ambien will make you less drunk, it is the other way around. Alcohol will make you Ambien tolerant. Hence, alcoholics have an increased likelihood of Ambien abuse.