Hypnogen is one of many brand names for the medication zolpidem, used to induce sleep. For those who find it hard to sleep, it is not unusual for them to turn to medications to calm the brain and induce sleep. Hypnogen works as a sedative or a hypnotic as it affects the chemicals in the brain that may have become unbalanced.
Hypnogen is generally only used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, although has been known to be used too long as a result of a quickly-developed dependence. The medication is available in 5 mg and 10 mg strength tablets for oral administration.
Other trade names for zolpidem include Stilnox, Stilnoct, Ambien and Mylsee. The medication is available on the street under names such as A-minus and Zombie pills.
Abuses of Hypnogen
A dependence on Hypnogen can quickly lead to abuse. Those taking the medication for recreational purposes will take it orally, crush it, snort it or cook it for intravenous injection. A dependence on the drug can occur if it is used longer than just a few weeks or at high doses. If Hypnogen is mixed with alcohol it intensifies the effect, making it that much more attractive for abuse.
The abuse of drugs like Hypnogen has been on the rise due to the vivid visuals and body highs such medications are known to deliver. It is also abused due to the reported capability of reducing anxiety. Some recreational Hypnogen users have reported a mild euphoria, moderate perceptual changes and slight visual distortions, contributing to the draw of the recreational use of the drug.
Effects of Hypnogen
Hypnogen effects can be immediate, putting a person to sleep in roughly 15 minutes. An allergic reaction can occur in some, resulting in life-threatening symptoms. Others have reported such effects as depressed mood, unusual thoughts, risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, anxiety, aggression, feeling restless, confusion, loss of personality and more.
This medication can also produce less serious effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, lack of coordination, amnesia, vivid or abnormal dreams, nausea, constipation, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle pain and blurred vision.
Withdrawal of Hypnogen
When taken for long periods of time, Hypnogen is known to cause withdrawal symptoms in those who abruptly stop the medicine. Withdrawal symptoms can also occur when Hypnogen has only been taken daily for one to two weeks.
Withdrawal symptoms associated with Hypnogen can include, but are not limited to:
· Unpleasant feelings
· Stomach cramps
· Panic attacks
Treatment of Hypnogen Addiction
Like many drugs, addiction to Hypnogen can be life-threatening and it is important to stop taking the medication if it is not used for medicinal purposes or has been used too long. As the withdrawal symptoms can be intense, it is important that those with an addiction discontinue the drug gradually under the care of a board-certified physician. A quality treatment center will apply a comfortable detox method 24 x7 that uses withdrawal medications specific to Hypnogen abuse.
Treatment will generally include a full physical on a Hypnogen addict to determine the right medications for comfortable detox. This approach helps to correct the chemical imbalances and should be combined with psychological evaluations and other medical care. Treatment can also include an evaluation of the individual’s approach to sleep to identify non-drug methods to induce sleep.