Ambien is a prescription sleeping medication used for treating insomnia and some brain disorders. This pharmaceutical pill is in the class of drugs called sedatives/hypnotics.

The drug works through binding to the inhibitor neurotransmitter in the brain called GABA, producing a powerful sedative effect that induces sleep. Ambien is generally taken orally in 5 to 10mg tablets.Sleeping pills, like Ambien, are intended to be used only for a short time period of up to 2 weeks. Due to the addictive nature of this prescription drug, many individuals innocently develop an Ambien habit. What starts out as a means to simply get a good night sleep quickly turns into an uncontrollable desire for more.

While abusing prescription sleeping pills generally does not kill people, combining these drugs with other prescription pills can. When Ambien is combined with alcohol or any other substance the combinations can have an addictive effect, especially in those who have a history of substance abuse. Some concoctions containing Ambien can lead to overdose. Ambien abuse is a growing problem in America today. Prescription sleeping pill sales now total $4.5 billion annually.

Ambien Side Effects

The effects of Ambien are very similar to those of a benzodiazepine. Hypnotic drugs like Ambien cause muscle relaxation, sedation, minimize anxiety and can act as anti-seizure medications.The hypnotic effect of Ambien is more prevalent than the anti-seizure reaction, which makes the drug more useful as a sleeping pill. Ambien has been known to put people to sleep faster and keep them asleep longer than any other sleep aid.

People are generally unaware of the dangerous side effects associated with Ambien. One of the most harmful effects of Ambien includes sleep . . . fill in the blank with any verb (sleep walking, sleep talking, sleep phoning, sleep e mailing, sleep driving, sleep sex, sleep cooking, sleep eating, sleep cleaning or sleep buying Online).

What this means is that people under the influence of Ambien do things that they have no recollection of doing the next day. They are in a state of sleep or near sleep where they have no memory of what they have done.  With prolonged use and with increase doses, Ambien can have even more serious side effects including: 

  • Hallucinations
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Depressive effect on breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sleepwalking
  • Euphoria
  • Amnesia
  • Balance problems
  • Short term memory loss
  • Delusions
  • Vision changes
  • Increased libido
  • Increased appetite

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