Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic which is why it is typically prescribed for the short-term treatment of insomnia. While the drug may be useful and effective for insomniacs, the drug has the potential to be extremely dangerous if improperly taken. Most people have the preconceived notion that drug abuse and addiction only derive from recreational use, which is untrue.
Ambien is only prescribed to patients for short-term treatment, less than five weeks, because it is habit-forming. For those dealing with long-term insomnia, it is most likely that the condition is caused by some underlying physical or mental problem. When the prescribed amount of Ambien is no longer helping, many users increase their dosage on their own. Doing this will significantly increase the chances of a physical dependency, addiction or overdose.
What Is a Safe Dose of Ambien for Recreational Users?
Ambien may be taken for recreational purpose. Users may believe they can use the drug on occasion without facing any hazardous consequences. Ambien is a tolerance-building drug, meaning that over time the user will need to increase the dosage to feel the intended effects. People recreationally using Ambien commonly find themselves taking larger and larger doses of the drug in order to get the high they are seeking or to fall asleep. In doing so, users become extremely vulnerable to overdose as well as developing a dependency for the drug. While most users believe they have complete control over their drug habits, addiction can creep up quickly and without warning. It should also be noted that an overdose can occur at any stage of Ambien use, abuse or addiction.
Avoiding an Ambien Overdose
When a person takes more Ambien than prescribed, or uses the drug recreationally, she is susceptible to overdose. An overdose is dependent upon many variables which is why you cannot predict the exact amount of the drug that will cause an overdose. Overdosing on Ambien can lead to irregular heart rates, slowed breathing and even death. Individuals may lose consciousness, faint, become impaired cognitively or enter a coma. Mixing the drug with other substances is especially dangerous and is unfortunately used in suicide attempts. To avoid life-threatening situations from Ambien one should never take more than prescribed by a doctor or use it with any other medication, drug or alcohol.
Why Should I Get Help with Ambien Addiction?
Do you no longer feel in control of your drug use? Are you concerned that you or a loved one may be taking too much, or even dangerous amounts, of Ambien? Have you noticed any signs of tolerance, physical dependency or withdrawal symptoms from your drug habit? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at risk for Ambien overdose or addiction. Both overdose and addiction are life-threatening and without proper treatment the conditions will only continue to worsen.
Find Help for Ambien Abuse or Addiction
To find quality treatment options for your Ambien abuse, please call our toll-free 24 hour helpline today. By speaking with one of our highly trained addiction counselors you can learn more about the addiction itself and be provided with as much free information on various treatment programs as you need. We are here to answer questions and find you help, so please pick up the phone and call now.