Ambien Drug Dangers

Ambien Drug Dangers and Side Effects

Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic medication prescribed for the treatment of insomnia for a short period of time. Ambien slows the activity in the brain causing intense relaxation and drowsiness. The Ambien drug effects include pleasurable feelings, which can entice users to take more than the prescribed amount. It can take only two weeks for a person to get caught up in ambien addiction.

Ambien Drug Dangers

Some individuals do not get sleepy or tired when taking the Ambien drug. The drug causes a feeling of euphoria and seems to reduce daily stresses. This type of reaction to the Ambien drug is unexpected and addicting. The brain interprets it as a positive experience that gives you a feeling of being in control. The feeling alone can cause people to continue to use the drug beyond what was prescribed. Another Ambien drug danger is the fact users often do and say things when they are asleep. Sleepwalking, eating, having a conversation, having sex, and driving are all activities that can occur when the user is not fully conscious. Talking in your sleep is not dangerous, but sleepwalking and driving when not awake can certainly be dangerous. A car accident can be deadly to the sleeping driver and persons in the car that is hit. Sleepwalkers have fallen down stairs, gone outside and walked in the streets. Amnesia accompanies the Ambien episodes users have, and they don't remember their activities. They may wake up in the wrong place or even in an emergency room and have no idea they got there. If you have experienced any sleep activities while taking Ambien, it's important to notify your doctor.

Ambien Addiction

Ambien is an addictive drug, and you, a friend, or a loved one can become addicted in a very short time. What are the warning signs of Ambien addiction?

  • People see negative changes in your personality and express concern you are addicted to Ambien. You need to listen to what is said and not be busy giving denials and feeling insulted. People who love you are willing to take a chance at offending you if it means saving you from Ambien addiction.
  • You are not functioning well at work or school. Your school grades are falling, and you can't keep up with your assignments. At work, you receive a poor performance review and a warning. Ambien addiction saps your energy and makes it difficult for you to achieve tasks that are normally easy for you.
  • You are having financial problems due to the cost of Ambien. If you have reached the point where you are taking a larger amount of Ambien than prescribed, you have to purchase somewhere. If you are doctor shopping to get new prescriptions, you are breaking the law. If you're buying Ambien from someone else, you are breaking the law. As your Ambien addiction becomes needier, you will have to find the money to buy this expensive drug.
  • New emotional and physical health problems are occurring. Common issues may include depression and low energy. Serious health issues can include breathing and liver problems. Long-term use can result in an accidental overdose, which can bring on a coma or death.
  • You find excuses to keep using Ambien. If you do think about getting off it, it's always "very soon" but never today. This is a sign of Ambien addiction. You should not try to get off Ambien on your own. You need to talk to an addiction treatment counselor and make arrangements to get help.

Ambien Withdrawal

Ambien withdrawal can occur if you have taken the drug for longer than two weeks. Withdrawal effects can include lightheadedness, muscle cramps, panic attacks, flushed skin, nausea, vomiting, and uncontrollable crying. Occasionally seizures can occur. Contact an addiction treatment center for help with Ambien withdrawal.

Ambien addiction is serious. If you or a loved one are addicted to Ambien, get help immediately. Addiction treatment centers are available in your area.

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