Ambien is a prescribed sleep aid that has been credited with causing sleepwalking and other odd behavior without the individual having any recollection of the events once they are fully awake. Prescribing physicians argue that Ambien is not addictive, however, when taken in increased amounts, or for longer than recommended periods of time, can lead to a physical dependency and a high tolerance level can occur over time. Currently about half a million people abuse sleeping pills including Ambien.
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Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic that is a short acting sleep agent so it clears the body in about 7-10 hours. Ambien works by facilitating GABA, a naturally occurring chemical in your brain, to bind to brain receptor sites thereby slowing brain activity and is one of the most prescribed sleep medications available today. Ambien is considered to have fewer side effects than benzodiazepines and works well without leaving one feeling groggy the morning after use. Recommended length of usage is 1-2 weeks for treatment of insomnia.
When Ambien is used for long periods of time, or misused, it has the potential for side effects including hallucinations, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, short term memory loss, daytime drowsiness, fatigue, confusion and coordination problems. Individuals who use Ambien long term or not as prescribed are at risk for becoming dependent on the drug.
Long term use of Ambien may require a medical detox if its use is stopped abruptly. Any change in using Ambien should be tapered in consultation with your physician. The action of Ambien is to slow brain activity and abrupt changes or stopping "cold turkey" may trigger an increase in brain activity. That rebound activity has been known to cause seizures in some patients. A necessity for detox can also be determined by how much Ambien you're currently using, how long since your last use, and how often you're using.
Physical withdrawal symptoms from Ambien can be painful and uncomfortable. Symptoms include insomnia, nervousness, agitation, irritability, cravings, delirium and seizures. The best method to quit Ambien is to slowly taper off the drug. Stopping Ambien abruptly can cause the potential seizures. Mixing Ambien with alcohol or other drugs, especially use of cold medications, could be fatal as Ambien, alcohol, and some drugs can slow heart and respiratory rates and their interaction can be fatal.
Methods for detox include traditional hospital inpatient medical detox, traditional detox clinics, and IV therapy medical detox. In hospital inpatient medical detox, patients are often kept in lockdown,in isolation, or on psychiatric units. In stricter facilities, patients are not permitted any personal items in detox and are allowed no outside contact. Studies have shown that the oral medication that is often used in hospital detox is not as effective at reducing the withdrawal symptoms and patients are uncomfortable and on many occasions have left detox before it was complete.
The safest and most effective method as seen by the medical community is IV (intravenous) therapy detox. IV medical detox from Ambien use is seen as one of the safest methods used today. IV therapy detox is administered by a board certified and licensed physician. An IV therapy method of detox is important because it allows the doctor to make changes to the medication protocol as your withdrawal symptoms change allowing a safe detox process.
It's important to remember that you are not addicted to Ambien, rather using it is a repetitious behavior or habit. Once the detox process has been completed, you will feel much better and a majority of withdrawal symptoms will be gone. Oftentimes people continue to use drugs, such as Ambien, because it's easier to feel high then deal with the true issues going on in their life. Saint Jude Retreats is an alternative program to drug rehab help, we know you're not addicted and you can change. Call us today.