This article details the potential health risks of Zolpidem(Ambien) abuse. If you or a loved one is struggling with Ambien abuse, Black Bear Lodge can help.
The risks of Ambien abuse are magnified when you take the drug with alcohol, benzodiazepines or other sedatives that depress the central nervous system. A 2011 article published in the American Journal of Therapeutics stated that patients who were treated in emergency rooms for an Ambien overdose were more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit if they had also ingested alcohol or other prescription drugs. Patients who had overdosed on zolpidem alone were less likely to require intensive care.
If you need help recovering from Ambien abuse, the personalized treatment programs at Black Bear Lodge can give you the support you need to clear the drug safely from your system.
Image of brain along with oxycontin and heroin chemical structures Researchers are also investigating the long-term effects of opioid addiction on the brain.
Depressed respiration can affect the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, a condition called hypoxia. While the relationship between opioid overdose and depressed respiration (slowed breathing) has been confirmed, researchers are also studying the long-term effects on brain function. Hypoxia can have short- and longterm psychological and neurological effects, including coma and permanent brain damage.
These symptoms can include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps ("cold turkey"), and involuntary leg movements. Properly managed, short-term medical use of opioid analgesics rarely causes addiction—characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite serious adverse consequences. Taken as prescribed, opioids can be used to manage pain safely and effectively. However, when abused, even a single large dose can cause severe respiratory depression and death. Addiction ). Regular (e.g., several times a day, for several weeks or more) or longer term use or abuse of opioids can lead to physical dependence and, in some cases, addiction. Physical dependence is a normal adaptation to chronic exposure to a drug and is not the same as addiction (see textbox, Dependence vs. In either case, withdrawal symptoms may occur if drug use is suddenly reduced or stopped.
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Studies have shown some deterioration of the brain’s white matter due to heroin use, which may affect decision-making abilities, the ability to regulate behavior, and responses to stressful situations. Researchers are also investigating the long-term effects of opioid addiction on the brain.
What is the worst long-term side effect of OxyContin use besides addiction? How long Hence, long term usage of opioids, both oral and injectable, are initially.