Ambien Overdose

Would you recognize it if your loved one has an Ambien overdose?  If you suspect someone of abusing Ambien, some warning signs will help you determine whether to seek professional help.

Ambien is a prescription sedative used for use by people who struggle with insomnia.  It is less addictive than benzodiazepines such as Xanax.  However, there is still a risk of addiction when Ambien is used in larger quantities than prescribed.

How to Know if Someone Has An Ambien Overdose

It is difficult to detect an Ambien overdose because the signs are the same as the typical effects of the drug.  However, one sign of possible overdose is that the person’s breathing and heart rate will be unusually slow.  The result of this is that the person could stop breathing or suffer heart failure.

Many Ambien users don’t realize they have a problem with the drug until they discontinue use and find that they can’t sleep.  In many cases, this dependence on Ambien can happen in as little as two weeks of regular use.

Unfortunately, Ambien addicts go out of their way to conceal evidence of the addiction.  However, some behaviors and symptoms could indicate the presence of Ambien abuse or addiction.  For example, you may see the person doing the following:

  • Taking larger doses than prescribed
  • Showing signs of cravings for Ambien
  • Refilling prescriptions repeatedly
  • Spending unusual amounts of money on the drug
  • Doctor-shopping
  • Isolating themselves from friends or family
  • Placing themselves in dangerous situations
  • Having no memory of their odd behavior

Most people underestimate the potential for Ambien addiction because they trust their physician and think the drugs he prescribes are safe.  Of course, most prescriptions are safe when used according to directions.  However, with opiates and sedative drugs like Ambien, there is a risk of developing a high tolerance and dependence after prolonged use.

Some Little Known Facts About Ambien

Ambien (Zolpidem) was designed to be a temporary sleep aid for people with insomnia.  Unfortunately, due to pervasive advertising on television and other media, people convince themselves it is the answer to their problem and specifically ask their physician for a prescription.

Primarily marketed as an alternative to benzodiazepines, Ambien hit the market at a time when benzos like Halcion were publicly scrutinized for their addictive qualities and side effects.  Manufacturers of Ambien took this opportunity to promote Ambien’s superiority over Halcion and other barbiturates.

In 2015, addiction specialist, Dr. Michael Weaver, published his findings on the addictive qualities of non-benzodiazepine drugs such as Ambien.  Many medical professionals also agree that Ambien users are at risk of an addiction developing over time.

Slang terms for Ambien on the streets are “no-go”, “zombie pills”, “sleepeasy”, “tic-tacs”, and “A-minus”.

Ambien is classified by the DEA as a Schedule IV controlled substance, meaning it is not likely to be used recreationally. Unfortunately, many people will abuse Ambien anyway because it produces euphoric or hallucinatory effects.

Ambien-Related Statistics

  • Ambien-related ER visits increased in a five-year period by 220%, according to SAMHSA.
  • Ambien users in the US total over half a million according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
  • More than 38 million prescriptions for sedative drugs were written in a five-year period.

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