One of the most common problems that people face nowadays due to increased stress is sleep deprivation. Other causes for lack of sleep can be physical pain or other medical conditions. Lack of sleep can decrease your concentration levels which can increase the risks of accidents, industrial disasters, and medical errors. For people having severe insomnia conditions, doctors recommend Ambien, a well-known prescription sleep medication that is used for such purposes. However, initially, lifestyle changes and therapy are recommended before you start taking medications. The popularity of Ambien is rising day by day and more than 10 million prescriptions are written every year for Ambien. 


It should be noted that Ambien belongs to a group of medications called sedative-hypnotics. Though it is not a benzodiazepine, Ambien’s properties are similar to them. This is because, before the introduction of a sleep aid pill, benzodiazepines were prescribed for cases of insomnia. The two benzodiazepines and Ambien are comparable in their functioning in the body to improve the impacts of a synapse called GABA. Nonetheless, benzodiazepines additionally go about as an anticonvulsant and muscle relaxants while Ambien doesn’t. However it isn’t as propensity shaping as possible benzodiazepines, it can in any case be habit-forming.


What should you know about Ambien?

  1. The original doses are packed too big

Every one of the drugs that are recommended for clinical objects is firmly observed by the FDA and mark changes are made consistently based on the announced incidental effects. The dosage recommendation was asked by Sanofi-Aventis, a manufacturer of Ambien, to the FDA. This is how the FDA responded to the increasing number of road accidents and sleeping walking accidents that happened due to the consumption of increased Ambien dosage. 


  1. Impairs alertness and reduces concentration for a long time:

The extended release of the medication called the Ambien CR has 2 layers. 

 The primary layer breaks up quickly which assists you with sleep however the subsequent layer disintegrates all the more slowly to assist you with staying asleep. Though effective, it is to be understood that the 2 layers have not yet dissolved completely thus its effect of making one drowsy,  extends to the next day. So while taking this medication do not drive or operate machinery to reduce risks or indulge in any concentration-requiring activities if you are not fully awake after taking this pill. 


  1. The effects of Ambien are more susceptible in women:

The parts of Ambien are broken down and metabolized in the liver to a latent structure and the liver enzymes responsible for this process are more dynamic in men than in ladies. Medical analysts trust that the quicker pace of utilizing Ambien in men is because of testosterone, which has enzyme-enhancing impacts.  That is the reason why Ambien lasts longer in women. In addition to this, the plasma levels in Zolpidem can be as high as 50% higher in women, that is why women are recommended not more than 5mg of Ambien immediate release and 6.25 mg of extended-release.


  1. Not addiction-free!

The reason why a sleep aid that does not belong to the benzodiazepine class was developed in the first place was due to the benzos causing tolerance, dependence, or misuse. So a safer alternative called Ambien was developed. Sadly, utilization of this medicine in moderate to high portions for the long term can in any case cause withdrawal impacts when you attempt to stop. Symptoms of Ambien withdrawal are tremors, cramps in the stomach, vomiting, and panic attacks. 


  1. Night activities!

Some people tend to do activities at night even though they are technically asleep. The medical term given for this condition is Parasomnia. These activities range from cooking meals while sleeping, sleep-walking, hallucinations, binge eating, and cleaning to even taking their vehicle out and driving, but, once they wake up, they have no recollection of the activities of the previous night. 

Sleep aids such as Ambien are known to induce this side effect in people. These side effects are physical rather than cognitive that are caused by the consumption of high doses of the medication.


  1. Prescription is mandatory:

Ambien is a controlled substance which indicates that the medication is considered illegal if purchased without a valid prescription from your doctor. Also, drugs bought over the internet do not guarantee quality due to the sites that sell them not being registered with a licensed manufacturer and there is no assurance that they are manufactured using only the right ingredient. 

The risks of getting counterfeit drugs are quite high. Haloperidol, a powerful antipsychotic that was found in counterfeit Ambien, causes breathing difficulties, spasms, and muscle stiffness in patients who ingested them. So buy your medication only from legitimate pharmacies by providing a prescription from your doctors. 


  1. Should make you feel better:

Having mental illnesses can cause sleep problems and for some, sleep problems can cause depression. As a result, people tend to take Ambien as a medication to treat depression. Do not make this mistake. Sedatives are known to cause depression and if you already have them, they can worsen your condition furthermore. Stay away from alcohol while under Ambien therapy. Before you start taking any sort of sedative, talk to your doctor to understand what suits you before fixing that Ambien might be the right choice of sedative for you.


  1. Take only the recommended dosage:

Ambien is generally a safe medication for use. Taking minimal dosage amounts is recommended. Dosage increment is only suggested in cases where the initially prescribed amount fails to show any significant effects. Once you take Ambien, make sure that you get a proper night’s sleep of at least 7-8 hrs. If you still feel drowsy due to the effects of the drug, avoid doing any sort of activity as it increases the risk of accidental falls or vehicular incidences. Never take Ambien or any other sleeping pills for longer than the recommended period. 


Are there any other solutions to combat insomnia?

Lack of sleep isn’t a sickness in itself yet a side effect of any hidden issue that you could have. Avoid drinking excessive caffeine and other stimulant drinks, and avoid watching TV or using other devices before going to bed. Everyday stress and anxiety are also reasons for insomnia. If so, talk to your doctor before it is too late and they might recommend you to a specialist who helps you cope with the problems thereby helping you sleep without the use of pills.