Ambien Addiction Help And Treatment In New Jersey

Primarily prescribed to treat insomnia, zolpidem tartrate, the active ingredient in Ambien, is a sedative-hypnotic drug that produces a calming effect to induce and/or maintain sleep. Although this prescription-only sleep aid is intended for temporary use, it is often misused for longer periods of time and at higher doses, contributing to Ambien dependency and addiction.
As an addictive drug, Ambien may cause the body to build up its tolerance, requiring excessive dosages to sustain the desired effect. To avoid withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, irritability, stomach cramps, shakiness and confusion, a person may choose to continue taking Ambien – with or without medical advice. Zolpidem tartrate drugs also have the potential for misuse when they’re taken to achieve a state of euphoria. However, high doses of Ambien can cause severe and life-threatening symptoms, including:

  • Excessive sedation
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Depressed respiratory and cardiovascular function

Overdosing on Ambien, especially in conjunction with alcohol, opiates and other CNS (central nervous system) depressants, can lead to coma and even death.

What Are Other Names For Ambien?

Known widely for its presence in Ambien, zolpidem can be found in Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo and Zolpimist. Whereas Ambien, Intermezzo, Edluar and Zolpimist contain the immediate-release form of zolpidem, Ambien CR consists of the extended-release form of zolpidem designed to help people fall asleep quickly and stay asleep longer. Other non-benzodiazepine sleep medications that are commonly prescribed for insomnia include: Sonata (zaleplon), Lunesta (eszopiclone) and Belsomra (suvorexant).

How Can You Tell If Someone Is Abusing Ambien?

The signs and symptoms of Ambien abuse are often best detected and most severe in the morning. A person with an addiction to zolpidem may exhibit bloodshot eyes, pinpoint pupils, headaches, loss of coordination and shakiness. Additional signs and symptoms of Ambien abuse include diarrhea, heartburn, stomach pain, weakness, appetite changes, muscle or joint pain and amnesia. If you or someone you love appears to be afflicted with zolpidem addiction, there are resources available throughout NJ to help.

Where In NJ Can You Get Help For Ambien Addiction?

If you, a friend or a family member requires immediate medical attention for a drug overdose, please call or text 9-1-1 right away. Because New Jersey is a Good Samaritan state, you can receive immunity from arrest if you help save a life.
To find a NJ licensed addiction treatment center near you, review ReachNJ’s extensive resource guide. With locations available throughout New Jersey, from Passaic County to Cape May, you can receive the support and treatment necessary to start on the path to recovery.
For more information on addiction-related services, chat with us online or call 1-844-ReachNJ (1-844-732-2465).