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Ambien Overview

Ambien, which is the brand name for Zolpidem, is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia). Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release forms of zolpidem are Ambien, Intermezzo, Edluar, and Zolpimist, which are used to help you fall asleep. The extended-release form of zolpidem is AmbienCR, which has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep. Ambien, Edluar, and Zolpimist are used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. Intermezzo, is used to help you fall back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night and then have trouble sleeping. Your doctor will determine which form of zolpidem is best for you.

Ambien Abuse Treatment

All addiction treatments vary depending on the degree, severity and duration of an individual’s addiction. The substance being abused also plays a large part in determining course of treatment. In the case of Ambien, the recommended standard of care is either outpatient detox and sobriety under the care of a physician or drug treatment professional, followed by counseling to uncover the underlying causes of addiction and how to prevent them in the future. It is rare that treatment for Ambien addiction will require inpatient care. In such cases, addiction is not limited to Ambien. In fact, Ambienaddiction may be a side effect of an addiction to narcotic stimulants, for which the user began taking Ambiento control stimulant effects and attempt to sleep. Likewise, Ambiendoes not require any pharmaceutical therapy to ease addiction.

Ambien Signs of Abuse

  • Substance use resulting in a recurrent failure to fulfill work, school or home obligations
  • Substance use in physically hazardous situations such as driving or operating machinery
  • Substance use resulting in legal problems such as drug-related arrests
  • Continued use despite negative social or interpersonal consequences caused by Ambienuse

Effects of Ambien Abuse

  • Chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling short of breath
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Feeling like you might pass out
  • Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling "drugged" or light-headed
  • Tired feeling, loss of coordination
  • Stuffy nose, dry mouth, nose or throat irritation
  • Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach
  • Headache, muscle pain

Ambien Withdrawal Symptoms

Symptoms of withdrawal from Ambien can vary. Some possible signs include but are not limited to:

  • Unpleasant feelings
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Stomach cramps
  • Panic attack
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures

Ambien Abuse Statistics

Despite evidence and subsequent marketing indicating that zolpidem poses little threat to the average person, a number of case reports to the contrary have surfaced in the literature. Abuse and physical dependence accompanied by serious withdrawal symptoms have been reported in individuals who were prescribed a therapeutic regimen of zolpidem (i.e., 5 or 10 mg at bedtime) to treat insomnia. Although patients had no drug abuse histories, they escalated their intake gradually over time to reach supra-therapeutic doses ranging anywhere from 60 mg to 2,000 mg per day. In many of these cases patients claimed they consumed ultra-high doses in order to reduce daytime anxiety, although zolpidem purportedly has limited anxiolytic effects compared to benzodiazepines.

References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

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Clients being treated in our residential program reside with us for the specific amount of days established in their individualized addiction treatment program.

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