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Facts about Ambien
What is Ambien?
A) Ambien with the generic name of Zolpidem belongs to a
class of medicines that effects the central nervous system,
called sedative hypnotics. Ambien is closely related to
a family of drugs called benzodiazepines. These drugs cause
sedation, muscle relaxation, act as anti-convulsants (anti-seizure),
and have anti-anxiety properties. Ambien has selectivity
in that it has little of the muscle relaxant or anti-seizure
effect and more of the sedative effect. Therefore, it is
used as a medication for sleep.
How is Ambien used?
When abused, Ambien tablets are taken orally, crushed and then
snorted, or dissolved in water and "cooked" for intravenous
What are the effects of Ambien?
may cause special type of memory loss known as amnesia. When
this occurs, a person may not remember what has happened for
several hours after taking the medicine. In addition, addiction,
or dependence, can be caused by Ambien, especially when used
regularly for longer than a few weeks or at high doses. People
who have been dependent on alcohol or other drugs in the past
may have a greater chance of becoming addicted to Ambien. Some
people using Ambien have experienced unusual changes in their
thinking and/or behavior.
What are the symptoms of Ambien overdose?
A) People who take too much Ambien may become excessively sleepy
or even go into a light coma. The symptoms of overdose are more
severe if the person is also taking other drugs that depress
the central nervous system. Some cases of multiple overdoses
have been fatal.
What adverse drug interactions are caused Ambien?
A) Alcohol has an additive effect with Ambien and the two should
not be combined. Ambien should be used cautiously in patients
with respiratory diseases because of its depressing effect on
breathing. Ambien may increase the effects of other drugs that
cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines,
other sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety
medicines, and muscle relaxants. However, caution should be
used when combining it with other sedative drugs. Ambien used
at higher dosages can cause withdrawal symptoms (muscle cramps,
sweats, shaking, and seizures) when the drug is abruptly discontinued.
Ambien can cause abnormal behavior with confusion and paradoxical
insomnia and should be discontinued if these symptoms appear.
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