Ambien Not Just A Mild Sleeping Aid

A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to the sleep medication zolpidem rose nearly 220 percent from 6,111 visits in 2005 to 19,487 visits in 2010….

…Zolpidem is an FDA-approved medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia and is the active ingredient in drugs such as Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar and Zolpimist.

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Benzodiazepine Facts (Xanax, Ativan,Valium, Klonopin, etc.)

Benzodiazepines (benzos), common in drug abuse, are often referred to as “tranquilizers.” Xanax, Ativen, Valium and Klonopin are well-known benzos. They are central nervous system (CNS) depressants that have an effect on the brain similar to that of alcohol. It is extremely dangerous to drink alcohol or use other CNS depressants, such as opiates, while taking benzodiazepines.

Benzos are addictive with repeated large doses or prolonged smaller doses. Addiction can occur when therapeutic doses are taken over long periods. They are often abused for the purpose of getting “high,” since their effect is similar to drinking. Benzo intoxication can cause amnesia, hostility, irritability, disturbed dreams, and eventually lead to tolerance and physical dependence. Withdrawal can be severe — even life-threatening — and may require hospitalization. MORE>>>