Ambien is a sedative drug that slows down chemical activity in the brain. Ambien causes users to sleep and is often prescribed for short-term treatment of insomnia. Its effectiveness makes Ambien the most prescribed sleep medication in the United States. However, Ambien is also highly addictive and is not meant for more than two weeks of use. Anyone who uses extended or high doses of Ambien for is at high risk for developing addiction. Ambien should not be combined with alcohol or other narcotics.
Recreational Ambien Use
Ambien has become increasingly popular among recreational drug users because resisting the sedative effects of Ambien produces visual illusions and a euphoria or “high.” Abusing Ambien in this manner is dangerous and may lead to partial amnesia. Those who stay awake after a dose of Ambien may perform uninhibited actions that they cannot recall. Therefore, Ambien should only be used if there are seven to eight hours reserved for sleep immediately following Ambien use. Recreational Ambien use is also often combined with other recreational substance use. This increases the dangers associated with Ambien use.
What Happens When Ambien Is Mixed with Alcohol or Other Drugs?
Ambien is a sedative and alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Both Ambien and alcohol slow down bodily processes, which means alcohol increases the effects of Ambien. Even a small amount of alcohol combined with Ambien leads to negative repercussions. Combining Ambien and alcohol may result in the following side effects:
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Severe depression
- Poor judgment
- Impaired motor skills
- Slowed or difficult breathing
- Unusual behavior
- Low blood pressures
Conditions such as impaired motor skills, poor judgment, and unusual behavior may lead to serious injury, especially if users do not immediately try and sleep after taking Ambien. Due to partial amnesia, users may not remember how they acquired their injury. For personal safety and the safety of those around them, Ambien users should not use alcohol or other drugs.
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