While most people take drugs and tend to wash them down with alcohol, they also deal with problems with alcohol and even other prescription medications. For example, if you have problems with sleeping at night, despite being tired, you might decide to take a drink to make yourself feel warm and drowsy. Or you could take a look at using your prescription medication Ambien.
However, you certainly shouldn’t mix the two together if you want to get to sleep. Because while Ambien is a prescription drug approved by the FDA to treat insomnia and help people get to sleep, it is also a controlled substance and you can become dependent on it if you get off your prescription.
Ambien, much like alcohol, is designed to make you sleepy, and slow your heart rate and breathing down. If you take Ambien with another depressant, then the slowing of your bodily functions can be much more severe and that can cause more problems for your health.
Side-Effects of Mixing Ambien and Alcohol
The Central Nervous System depressant medications (CNS) increase something called GABA, which is produced when you take the medications and acts like a sedative. Ambien has these effects and is carefully regulated so you can take the various dosages every night and sleep well.
Ambien doesn’t put you to sleep, but it does make you feel hypnotic and in that drowsy ‘in-between’ state between being asleep and being awake. Once you take the Ambien, you will be able to be lured to sleep.
However, if you use alcohol with your nightly dosage of Ambien, then the depressant effects are amplified. This can cause extreme sleepiness and sedation, slowed breathing, coma, and even death. Basically, you are so tired and sleepy that your body can’t muster enough energy to wake yourself up.
If you can even wake yourself up and don’t take too much, it can improve your impairment over the next day. You might have problems driving, concentrating, focusing, and also keeping yourself awake. Additionally, Ambien can cause problems for older individuals, which leads to the extra risk of falls and fractures.
Symptoms of an Addiction to Ambien or Alcohol
Both Ambien and Alcohol are very addictive, to the point where Ambien is only prescribed for one to two weeks in very specific doses. Ambien does have the potential for long term abuse, and the doctors will carefully monitor the patient for signs of addiction or abuse.
Some of the effects that you might find when it comes to physical risks and the side effects of using both substances include:
- Impaired Cognition
- Loss Of Physical Skills and Coordination
- Somnambulance (sleepwalking)
- Problems breathing
Signs of being addicted to Ambien include some of these symptoms:
- Refilling prescriptions often without a need to: You will generally get a 1-2 week prescription from your doctors, but if you are refilling your prescription despite the fact that you can sleep without it that can be a sign of addiction.
- Repeatedly taking larger doses: You will also have a set of doses, such as a few pills a night. If you take a few more than prescribed to help you get to sleep on a hard night, you are probably fine. If you are taking double the dosage or more every single night, then you could have a problem.
- Spending lots of money on the drug: Getting a prescription for Ambien is pretty normal, but spending a lot of money on buying the drug over the counter or getting new prescriptions can not only cut into your physical health but also your financial health.
Signs of being addicted to alcohol are the same. Being dependent on having a drink at the end of every day or whenever you feel a certain emotion or feeling can really cause some problems. Additionally, you will drink more and more to get the same effect and also you will find the money to buy drinks. Even if you don’t have any spendable money at the moment, you will spend money you don’t have to get your drink on.
You can also drink even though you know it is bad and that it messes with your health and your relationships, but you still find yourself drawn to the alcohol. Then you drink and feel guilt and shame for drinking, and those negative emotions make you drink more. Additionally, if you binge drink or blow past your limits when it comes to drinking that can be a sign that you are addicted.
Ambien and Alcohol Addiction Help
If a loved one is addicted to Ambien and alcohol, you will need to deal with both of these addictions at the same time. The withdrawal symptoms from Ambien are very dangerous and if you have been abusing it, you need to take steps to withdraw and not just quit cold turkey. These withdrawal symptoms can be a problem and can include things like sweating, high blood pressure, panic attacks, and mood swings. Other symptoms can include headaches and delirium.
The withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction are also a major problem, and you will need to detox from both as you deal with the fact that the withdrawal symptoms can play off of one another.
You will need some type of medical professional working with you to give you a detox and also some type of program to help you overcome the problem. After you have detoxed from both addictions, then you can start returning to a life where you didn’t need either of these substances, to begin with.
If you or a loved one are addicted to either Ambien or Alcohol, then they do have a tough battle ahead of them to overcome the symptoms of both addictions. Please connect and see how we can help you out with getting you back to having the best life that is also a sober life. You don’t need to delay getting the help you need and deserve. You deserve the chance to start living the life you have always desired and dreamed about. Get started on the path to a better tomorrow today.