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.
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 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?
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.