Facts About Zolpidem Abuse

All you want is to have a good night’s sleep. You tried taking a warm bath before going to bed, drink a glass of warm milk or have a message to induce you into a deep and uninterrupted sleep. However, a restful sleep still eludes you, affecting your daily activities. Then you heard about the effectiveness of Zolpidem to treat insomnia. You tried it and discovered that you can barely keep your eyes open 15 minutes after taking the medication. And the drug helps you also have about 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

When to Know an Abused Intake of Drug:

There is no argument about the effectiveness of Zolpidem as a short-term treatment to insomnia. However, just like any other sedative-hypnotic medications, there is a big possibility that it may lead to abuse. Because the drug is recommended to be used for about two weeks only, abused may happen if you continue to take the medication beyond the prescribed period. Also, if you take more than the prescribed dosage, there is a potential that you will develop tolerance on the drug, causing you to use more to achieve the same outcome.

Abuse of the drug also occurs if you take it together with other substances to get a high or intensified effect. Some Zolpidem brands are taken by recreational drug users orally, either crushing and snorting it or cooking it to be injected intravenously.

Users claim that they get the high effects of the drug by fighting off its very function—to get the users go to sleep. By not allowing their body to succumb to sleep causes overall high and intensified visual effects. Some users may experience the euphoria when they resist the sedative-hypnotic effects of the drug. Other effects of abusing the drug include reduced anxiety, hallucinations, auditory and visual distortions and perceptual changes.

Common Side-Effects:

Whether you are taking the drug at an excessive dosage or frequency or as recommended by your physicians, there are possible side-effects which may include delusions and hallucinations that may vary in intensity and euphoria or its opposite, dysphoria. You may also experience impaired judgment, marred reasoning, increased impulsivity, decreased libido, anterograde amnesia or loss of memory, increased appetite and poor motor coordination.

Like any drug that is being abused, users will likely take Zolpidem for extended periods of time. If you have the tendency for excessive intake, ask assistance from a relative or friend by letting him or her hold the drugs for safe keeping and to monitor your intake as prescribed by your physician.

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