Ambien Addiction: Why is it Dangerous?

Ambien is a prescription sleep aid that many people use on a daily basis to short term insomnia. Unfortunately, Ambien is also addictive. In many ways, Ambien is as addictive as medications like Xanax or other benzodiazepines. Some consider it not as dangerous as benzo type drugs but it is still very dangerous.

How it Makes You Feel is Dangerous

Like many sedatives, it produces euphoria, sleepiness, and a general feeling of calm and well-being. This is what helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Unfortunately, it might make you feel too calm. This feeling of calm can be intoxicating. This makes you want to take it even if you do not need it. Soon you may be taking it more than you should. These leads to addiction and possibly overdose.

Its Side Effects are Dangerous

If you watch television, you probably have seen the advertisements for Ambien. There is a list of side effects at the end of the advertisement. Although it is easy to ignore many of the side effects, Ambien has some very dangerous ones. When you are suffering from an Ambien addiction, you are more prone to the more serious side effects simply because of the amount and frequency of the Ambien you are taking. Some of these side effects are:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Breathing problems
  • Changes in vision or blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Depressed mood or changes in mood
  • Doing things while you are technically asleep like driving, eating, talking, or other activities with no memory of doing it and no conscious control
  • Faint feeling, dizziness, resulting in falls
  • Hallucinations
  • Liver injury or failure
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of vision
  • Restlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings

Each of these side effects can present themselves suddenly even after you have been taking Ambien for a long time. All of these side effects are very dangerous, particularly if you are taking other medications at the same time. Most people, who are not suffering from Ambien addiction, only take Ambien for short periods. Those that are, take it for a lot longer and in large quantities, this exposes them to a higher risk of severe side effects developing. These side effects do not simply subside unless you are able to stop taking the drug.

You can Overdose on Ambien

If you are taking Ambien outside of the normal prescribed limits, your risk of overdose increases exponentially. Many addict increase the amount that they are taking because they build a tolerance to the drug. As you increase the amount, you increase the danger. Another unfortunate fact is that many people use other drugs or alcohol with Ambien. This also increases the risk of overdose.

Addiction to Ambien Makes Treatment Necessary

Fortunately, Ambien addiction treatment is available. There are treatment centers located across the United States. Although Ambien withdrawal is not the worst, they are unpleasant. Most treatment centers can help you through the worst of the withdrawal and help to keep you from relapsing back into your Ambien addiction.

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