Intermezzo (Zolpidem) Addiction and Abuse
Another risk of Intermezzo and zolpidem is addiction and dependence. Intermezzo is not a benzodiazepine, but it acts similarly to this drug class. Benzodiazepines include commonly abused drugs like Xanax and Klonopin. Due to the way that Intermezzo affects the brain, it may cause people to feel euphoric or pleasantly relaxed -which can often lead to addiction. If someone abuses Intermezzo, they are more at risk of becoming addicted or dependent. Intermezzo is intended only for short-term use to reduce this risk.
Intermezzo doesn’t have as high of an addiction potential as opioids, but the risk exists nonetheless. The more someone’s brain is exposed to Intermezzo, the more likely it is that substance use disorder will occur. Intermezzo, by affecting GABA, can also trigger a dopamine response -which is often how substance use disorder starts. The best way to reduce the risk of Intermezzo addiction is to use it only as prescribed. Patients should take only the prescribed dose and shouldn’t take it for longer than instructed by their doctor. Intermezzo should not be combined with other substances. Abusing Intermezzo and combining it with other substances increases the likelihood of substance use disorder and dangerous outcomes.
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