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Long Term Ambien Abuse

Ambien Abuse Side Effects

What is Ambien? Zolpidem, sold under the brand name Ambien, among others, is a medication primarily used for the short-term treatment of sleeping problems. Ambien is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Ambien belongs to a class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. It works by slowing activity in the brain to allow sleep. [1] Ambien Abuse Potential Ambien should normally be taken for short periods of time. If you take Ambien for 2 weeks or longer, Ambien may not help you sleep as well as it did when you first began to take the medication. Unfortunately, this drug may be habit-forming or may cause sedatives addiction. Ambien, a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic, binds to the benzodiazepine binding site on the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABA-A) receptors. Many studies have reported the efficacy and safety of zolpidem in the treatment of insomnia, low abuse, and dependence capability. However, many cases of zolpidem abuse and dependence were reported around the world. [2] Ambien Abuse Signs The signs related to Ambien dependence include: Tolerance Signs of withdrawal Use of the drug out of its therapeutic field (high doses, daytime consumption), with a goal other than treatment of insomnia, and they are unable to…