Can You Get Addicted to Ambien?

The Ambien drug class is sedative-hypnotics, commonly called depressants. Ambien is not a narcotic drug. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with insomnia or sleep problems. The immediate-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. It was designed to have the same effects of Xanax, a benzodiazepine, without the same hazardous and habit-forming properties.

Can you get addicted to Ambien

What are the Side Effects of Ambien?

Commonly during the daytime, you might experience drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, or feeling light-headed. There are also cases of patients feeling tired and losing coordination. Some cases have shown stuffy nose, dry mouth, and nose or throat irritation. It is also common to experience nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and upset stomach. Also, headaches and muscle pains are common. In some extreme cases, liver damage can occur. There are links to Ambien’s increasing risk of cancer and death.

Is Ambien an Addictive Substance?

It takes users longer to develop an addiction to Ambien than to Benzos. The withdrawals from Ambien are less severe than Benzos. Ambien is, in fact, an addictive substance. It is recognized that Ambien has a very similar potential for abuse as Benzos. The physical dependency can form in as little as two weeks. The user will develop physical dependency whether they are abusing or following a prescription. Users develop what is called tolerance, which is where the user requires larger amounts of the substance to feel the same effect. Withdrawal symptoms will appear if the user stops taking the drug or reduces the dosage. Ambien use will eventually become a full-blown addiction.

The signs of Ambien addiction include but are not limited to: refilling your prescription unusually often, repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed, experiencing cravings, engaging in dangerous situations without any memory of them later, spending large amounts of money to buy the drug, and isolating yourself from family and friends. Most cases will begin with short term insomnia. Some users underestimate the addictive properties of Ambien because it was initially and pervasively advertised as a safer alternative to Xanax. Ambien will cause insomnia to get even worse after using it for only a couple of weeks.

If you find yourself crushing the drug and snorting, you are experiencing Ambien addiction. The FDA has recently added new labels and has changed the dosing for Ambien because of the long-lasting effects it carries into the next day.

FDA is also warning that patients who take the sleep medication zolpidem extended-release,  brand name Ambien CR,―either 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg―should not drive or engage in other activities that require complete mental alertness the day after taking the drug because zolpidem levels can remain high enough the next day to impair these activities. This new recommendation has been added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the physician label and to the patient Medication Guide for zolpidem extended-release or Ambien CR. (FDA)

When taken not as prescribed or in excessive doses, sleeping pills can certainly build a physical dependence and be addictive.

How Can Allure Detox Help You with Your Ambien Addiction?

Allure Detox is conveniently located 10 minutes from the West Palm Beach International Airport. We are an hour’s drive from Miami and walking distance from beautiful South Florida Beaches. We want you to know that you do not have to stay addicted. We are available around the clock to consult with you. We will explain to you exactly how our inpatient detox program works. We offer detox from opiates, heroin, alcohol, benzos, and Ambien. We understand addiction properly; we know it is not a moral failing; it is a disease. We are ready to answer all your questions about healing from Ambien abuse. Our admissions team is standing by for your call.