Is Ambien a narcotic?
No, Ambien is not classified as a narcotic in the U.S. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) classification under the Federal Controlled Substance’s Act (CSA), Ambien is a Class IV substance on par with other prescription medicines. Drugs in Schedule IV have low potential for abuse, limited physical, and limited psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III. The drugs in Schedule IV also have current medical use.
What is Ambien?
Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem, a non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic, central nervous system depressant that is mainly prescribed as a sleep aid. Ambien is usually prescribed for short-term treatment of insomnia and can be taken for up to 4 weeks to treat sleep problems. Ambien might also be prescribed for the treatment of particular types of brain disorders.
Is Ambien addictive?
Although research has shown that tolerance and dependency usually do not occur after 4 weeks of therapeutic use, tolerance to Ambien (the need to increase dosage to achieve the same effect) may develop with chronic use of the sleeping pill. Physical dependence can also develop, as indicated by withdrawal following abrupt discontinuation of Ambien. However, simple developing a tolerance or a dependence on a drug does not mean that you are addicted to it. In order for addiction to occur, you must experience at least one of the four characteristics of addiction:
1. You begin to crave Ambien.
2. You cannot stop taking Ambien.
3. You take Ambien for non-medical or recreational purposes.
4. You continue to take Ambien despite negative consequences.
Should Ambien be classified as a narcotic in the U.S.? Personally, it doesn’t seem like a wise decision. I think that other prescription medications, like the ingredients in Tramadol, show more dangers than Ambien in terms of addictive qualities, and although people can overdose on Ambien (especially when seeking suicide), it seems to be clear-cut as a medical aid. What do you think?
Can you not get to sleep without Ambien? Do you use Ambien to calm down, or have you used Ambien without a doctor’s prescription? Are you afraid that you might be addicted to Ambien? Post your comments and discussions here and we’ll respond to you in a video. You can also learn more about how to help prescription drug addicts here.