Life has become increasingly hard and competitive in this era. Everyone wants to achieve the epitome of success and nobody is willing to give up without giving it their best go. The race to be the best has resulted in many people suffering from mental illnesses and mental health issues which have become very common in the last some decades.
One of the most common mental health issues that we as a community are facing is the issue of Insomnia.
Restlessness and insomnia might be the reasons that have actually crept in the routine of a normal human being because of stress and anxiety.
An important prescribed drug is AMBIEN for such conditions.
Let us look at this in detail.
Zolpidem is the scientific name of Ambien.
It is a medication primarily used for the treatment of short term sleeping problems and insomnia. Patients suffering from depression and stress because of their ongoing routines and scheduled lifestyles may lose sleep or may have problems sleeping.
The drug reduces the time that is required to onset the patient in sleep. The soothing effect calms down the mental and bodily condition to ease the central nervous system. It also increases the duration of the usual sleep of the patient.
It is a globally prescribed medication for the short term treatment of sleeping problems. It is not a specified pain killer or narcotic. It is hypnotic.
That’s why if taken more than it’s short term treatment plan, it may cause hallucinations, abuse, headaches, total or partial dependence on it, nausea, diarrhea etc.
It may also cause memory issues.
Its prescription guidelines are only for severe insomnia and short periods of use at the lowest effective dose.
• CHEMICAL FORMATION
It is a non benzodiazepine Z drug that acts as a sedative and hypnotic. It causes temporary drowsiness to the patient resulting in the brain activity being slower which calms the body towards a good sleep.
It binds the receptor cells at the same place as benzodiazepines whereas it is only a sleeping inducing drug, not a narcotic or medically specified pain killer.
It is one of the most commonly used solutions for sleeping problems worldwide.
It is taken by mouth and is available in conventional tablets or sublingual tablets and oral spray.
Ambien should be not taken by elderly, pregnant women or young children, people with psychological illnesses and those who have been addicted to some other drugs. Liver patients must also not take this drug. If the person has any respiratory problems, they should also not take it.
The drug should not be used during day work such as busy routines, driving, concentration requiring projects etc.
The increased drug intake might also add up to the depression of the patient, falls and bone fractures etc.
SIDE EFFECTS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Never use it for recreational purposes.
- Never use it without a prescription.
- Always follow doctor’s advice while using it.
- Never leave this drug at once as it might have withdrawal symptoms.