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Ambien, a Schedule IV controlled substance, belongs to the group of CNS (Central Nervous System) depressants. The effect it has on CNS is called sedative hypnotics and this drug slows the functioning of brain. Ambien has close relation with the family of benzodiazepine drugs.
The use of Ambien for medical purposes is allowed in the United States and the drug is widely used for the treatment of sleep disorders. Unlike many of the family members, Ambien is not an effective muscle relaxant or anti-seizure drug; the sedative properties of this drug make it a medication for sleep.
Abuse of Ambien as a prescription sleep aid may lead to addiction. Those who have past addiction problems are at increased risk for Ambien addiction. This drug can make a person sleepy and uncoordinated. In prolonged use the body may develop tolerance for Ambien, and larger doses will be required to achieve the same high. Continued use can lead to addiction and the addict may begin showing withdrawal symptoms on stopping the intake of the drug. As the drug slows brain's functioning, when an individual stops using them, the brain's activity can race out of control.
Ambien is usually taken orally, for both medical use and abuse. However, abusers, some times, adopt other methods like snorting the powdered tablets or injecting the drug after dissolving in water.
Effects of Ambien
Drowsiness and change in thinking or behavior are the most visible effects of Ambien. This drug can increase the effects of other drugs like alcohol, antidepressants, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, and pain relievers. Ambien may cause amnesia, a special type of memory loss which occurs under the influence of the drug.
Symptoms of Ambien Addiction
People who take high doses Ambien may become very sleepy. If the drug is taken in combination with another CNS depressant, the symptoms are more severe. Some fatal cases have been reported in connection with multiple overdoses of CNS depressants.
Commonly seen Ambien addiction symptoms include a relief from anxiety when using the drug, fluctuating moods under the influence, pseudo self-confidence, sleeping for long hours, and painful symptoms on withdrawal of Ambien.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been used successfully to treat Ambien abusers. Counseling in combination with medically supervised detoxification is very effective in overcoming addiction to Ambien. The focus of this type of therapy is on modifying an addict's way of thinking and behaviors.
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