Addiction To Sleeping Pills
Sleeping pills (sedative hypnotics) are frequently used to treat sleeplessness. Sadly, many people become attached to them so much that an addiction arises. A lot of people indulge in the use of Sleeping tablets after having cured their inability to sleep using the said drugs. Statistics are not favouring them either
Between 2006 and 2011, there was a staggering 38 million prescriptions written out for Ambien which is a widely known sleeping pill. Call us right away on 0800 772 3971 to understand treatment options if you or your loved one is addicted to sleeping pills and needs to kick the habit.
So many people become reliant on sleeping tablets, and that is not surprising given the availability of the drugs and the willingness of health experts to recommend such.
There are many who have been misled to think that they cannot get addicted to a sleeping pill with some individuals going as far as quoting medical professionals as the source of their information. However, we have many people who cannot sleep without taking a pill or find that they need higher dosage to sleep.
Many people do not know they are fully depended on drugs until they try to wean it from their lives. Suddenly these users start to experience symptoms associated with withdrawal which is an unmistakable sign of addiction.
Some signs of sleeping pill abuse and addiction are
- Inability to stop taking them
- Having a craving for sleeping pills
- Going to different doctors to get prescriptions and refills
- Negative consequences yet failing to kick the habit
- Suffering memory loss on occasions as a result of sleeping pills
When users start to increase their doses, they often become addicted to the sleeping pills. They do this without consulting a doctor.
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Learn About Sleeping Pills
Sleeping medication are usually classified under the sedative-hypnotics category of drugs. Benzodiazepines and barbiturates are some other members of this group. However, sleeping pills are classified as non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, as opposed to other medications in this group. Due to the sleeping effect, they bring to users sleeping tablets are often referred to as 'z-tabs.'
While a good number of non-benzodiazepine sleeping pills have varied molecular composition, their effects are the same. These pills bind GABA receptors in a person's brain just like benzodiazepines do, but are known to exhibit fewer or mild side effects.
The following three sleeping pills are the most common
- Ambien (Zolpidem)
- Sonata (Zaleplon)
- Lunesta (Eszopiclone)
Sleeping Pills Addiction And The Effects
Almost all medical practitioners prescribe that sleeping pills should only be used on a short-term basis. Though the portions recommended for consumption are not specific, health professional does not recommend such drugs only for serious cases of sleeplessness. As these drugs act fast in a person's body, they are often applied just when needed.
Individuals feeling apprehensive over some issues bothering them or finding it difficult to sleep, commence using sleeping tablets, and this is very sad.
Misuse of the sleeping tablet is a term often used to describe the usage of sleeping tablets without the recommendation from a medical practitioner. When taken in high doses, sleeping medication delivers a drowsy and feel good effect similar to that of benzodiazepines which are highly addictive. Sleeping medications can also cause hallucinations when one tries to control the urge to sleep after taking them.
The following are other effects of sleeping medications
- Reduced anxiety
- Sleeping without dreaming
- Poor control
- Feeling dizzy
A lot of teenagers seeking to have fun has increased the usage of soporifics. A euphoric feel is common among users of sleeping tablets, and the drug could increase the reaction of the body to alcohol. When young people still live at home, it can often be easy for them to get access to a prescription, whether it is their own or belongs to their parents.
As soon as sleeping pills are taken for the first time, its effects on brain function can already appear.
Through time, recovery becomes harder because the brain is already accustomed to the effects of the pill. People recovering from sleeping pills often suffer from a compounded insomnia usually referred to as "rebound insomnia", it is often worse than the insomnia they suffered in the first place. As it is a common side effect, a person should not use this as a justification to continue to take sleeping pills. This symptom, along with other withdrawal symptoms, can luckily be reduced by medically assisted detoxification.
Typical Drug Combos
A majority of people ignore the warnings on sleeping pill bottles and go on to take alcohol along with sleeping pills.
Taking sleeping medication such as Ambien along with alcohol can be a fatal combination.
Alcohol amplifies the sedative effect and results to a fatal overdose of the pill. Even so, those who suffer serious addiction along with concurrent tolerance sometimes combine alcohol to increase the effects of their sleeping pills.
The following are other drugs usually abused with sleeping pills
Data On Sleeping Tablets
Overcoming sleeping pills addiction can be a daunting task if correct medication and support are not put in place.