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, as a result of a quickly-developed dependence. 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.
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.
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
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. Treatment can also include an evaluation of the individual’s approach to sleep to identify non-drug methods to induce sleep.