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Ambien Side Effects

Ambien is a pharmaceutical prescribed to help patients with insomnia and is currently one of the most prescribed sleep aids in the US. However, there is recent concern over possible addictive Ambien side effects and sleep-related eating, walking, cooking and driving. Alleged side effects range from Ambien sleepwalking episodes to hallucinations, violent outbursts and driving while asleep. There are in increasing number or reports of people have woken up to find themselves in jail, driving cars while in a hypnotic state and binge eating.

Ambien Sleeping Pill

Ambien is a powerful sleeping aid drug. Scientific research confirms that Ambien is a powerful hypnotic that can induce sleepwalking and sleep-eating. Another possible side effect is that users of this drug have no memory of their actions after taking the drug.

Ambien is designed for short term treatment of insomnia unless otherwise advised by a doctor. Users of Ambien have complained of dependency on the drug to sleep with prolonged use. Possible unintentional overdose has caused death.

Ambien In the News

Federal health officials warned that all prescription sleeping pills may sometimes cause sleep-driving. People taking such drugs as Ambien have reported getting up in the middle of the night and going for a drive, with no recollection of doing so. The Food and Drug Administration has ordered 13 drug markers to to include warnings on their labels about rare but serious side effects including, sleep driving and life-threatening allergic reactions. (Mar-14-07) [CNN NEWS]

In November 2012, a study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN found that hospitalized patients who were administered Ambien as a sleep aid had a greater risk of falling in the hospital than those patients who were not given the drug. The study was published in The Journal of Hospital Medicine (11/19/12). As a result of the study, the Mayo Clinic decided to phase out in-patient use of Ambien and seek other sleep aid alternatives. The study, while finding an association between Ambien use and falls, did not establish a cause and effect relationship between the two.

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Last updated on Nov-20-12

LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

FDA Changes Dosing on Ambien, Ambien CR, Zolpidem and Edluar
FDA Changes Dosing on Ambien, Ambien CR, Zolpidem  and Edluar Washington, DC: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved label changes specifying new dosing recommendations for zolpidem products (Ambien, Ambien CR, and Edluar), which are widely prescribed sleep medications. In a statement issued Tuesday, the FDA stated it has approved these changes because of the known risk of next-morning impairment with these drugs [READ MORE]


READER COMMENTS

Posted by
David
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I think that I need to stop taking Ambien. I have no memory of anything last night after we read Dante. I know that I have cooked things and have no memory of it (using the gas fire), andI have driven and have only a vague recollection. I wonder if it has produced mood swings and other depression issues. I take only the recommended dose and often only half a dose. But, I think that the effects are cumulative. I need something for pain.

Posted by
New Mexico
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I'm bipolar 1 and can only sleep for 3 hours a day which trigger Manic episodes. I've been taking 10 mg of Ambien for almost 10 years. I cut dose in half because I wake after 3 to 4 hours and take other half then. Have only had a couple incidences when I noticed that the next day there was a bag of cookies on bedside table the next morning.
Then 3 weeks ago I saw a stir fry dish on my bed table. One bite had been taken out and the ingredients were odd but, someone has to have used a knife to cut them up and had stir fried them. In kitchen I saw a skillet full of the stir fry. I live alone. Am now trying to cut back on dose of Ambien and hide my purse and keys in a new spot every night. Also I've put up large signs by door and stove to warn myself. Am so afraid of driving car or starting fire in Ambien sleep. Had one other indecent since then.

Posted by
Anonymous
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I was struck by a drunk driver =, had surgery and constant pain that wouldn't allow me to sleep. I was prescribed Ambien and took it for a total of less than 5 days. On the last day I took the pill at 7 pm as usual and I woke up the next day. I have a professional medical job and attempted to go to work the next day at 930 am.

Passed out crashed into another car on the highway and totaled my car. I was arrested and physical as well as legal issues continue.

Posted by
Anonymous
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I name Wanda banner I took ambient for 6 yr and it good for a minute. Until walking cooking in my sleeping that was last time I took that's Medicine my stove food was on fire also

Posted by
Anonymous
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I hope the manufacturers of Zolpidem will burn in hell for creating a monster. Zolpidem has horrible side effects, such as severe mood swings, joint pain, causes personality changes, provides awful sleep, and creates violence. Zolpidem helped me to destroy my life, and my relationship. It does not improve the sleep, it makes it worse! I hope it gets taken off the market soon before more lives will be destroyed!

Posted by
Anonymous
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I have taken this drug off and on for many years but now it had caused me to drive my car and total it and receive a DWI. Reading all these stories I had no idea of the many cases of people in my situation.What is one to do when faced with this situation of no intentions of driving and wake up crawling out of a car that is upside down on the pavement I feel the justice system in my situation isn't even listening to my honesty in the situation of me not having no plans but to lay down and sleep and after being diagnosed as a chronic insomniac amongst other medical issues.

Posted by
Alabama
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Driving while taking ambien

Posted by
Nebraska
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I shattered my right arm from shoulder to wrist, and broke my pelvis in two places. While I was very lucky to have survived and have suffered no brain damage, I now deal with daily excruciating pain, that I will live with for the rest of my life.

Posted by
Utah
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I woke up in jail after taking ambien. I only remember taking one pill however there were 7 out of the bottle in a 12-18 hour time frame. I also had alcohol in my system which I do not remember drinking. I have complete memory loss of about a 24 hour time frame.

Posted by
Nebraska
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Shattererd right arm, from shoulder to wrist, broke pelvis in 2 places.

Posted by
California
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Took Ambien, went to sleep, and left the house, I went to the casino were I work and some one sent me home in a cab, but not before I told a security guard I had kids at home. The police met me at my house and arrested me. I do not remember anything. My grandkids have been taken from me and I cant get them back. The system her in Madera County Ca is so bad. Every one thinks I am a drunk. I am helpless I have never been in trouble like this before and my friends have been trying to help

Posted by
Tennessee
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The total costs of fighting the DUI and losing comes to over $10,000 and has prevented me from finding employment which has resulted in major financial loss and mental suffering.

Posted by
Minnesota
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Excessive loss of memory, can't hold a job because of it.

Posted by
Texas
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I have paid $3500 in fees to my lawyer, my car was impounded, another $500. I am not sure yet what court cost will be and a lot of lost time not to mention a disrupted life, lost income, injuries and the list goes on.

Posted by
Louisiana
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On October 13, 2010, I was involved in a single car accident where I ran off the road and hit a pine tree headon in my suburban. I don't know how fast I was going as I don't even remember leaving my house. I had been taking Ambien for about a week when this happened. I was pinned in my truck and had to be extracted with the jaws of life and then air lifted to LSU Trauma.

Ambien was to blame for this accident and it has cost me and my family monentarily and mentally. I would like to instigate a lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis, the makers of Ambien in hopes of replacing the vehicle which was totaled beyond recognition and pay all my medical bills.

I also would like to campaign that Ambien be removed from the market as it is apparent the drug is deadly.

Posted by
Kansas
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I don't remember driving about 4 miles while asleep after taking Ambien. I had to pay $200 in lawyers fees and $400 in court costs.

Posted by
Tennessee
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Lost work due to fall.dui possible loss of job and livelyhood.

Posted by
Texas
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My mom was taking ambien, and she would sleep walk on it and the last time she did she wound up in the pool and drown.

Posted by
California
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My car was totaled, I was convicted of a DUI, I had to attend court mandated programs for drunk driving. I had to pay thousands of dollars in fines. This incident never would have happened had I not taken ambien.

Posted by
Utah
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I am a 25 year old single mother. While my daughter was with her grandparents on a weekend night I took my dose of Ambien and went to bed. The next thing I remember is waking up in the hospital with the nurse trying to secure an IV to my arm. I supposedly got out of bed and tried to drive. The accident I was in with another vehicle was about 3 blocks away from my apartment. The people in the vehicle sustained minor injuries as well as myself.....and both vehicles were totaled. This has completely scared me to death...thoughts keep ranging to...wonder if while I was on it, I would have tried to put my child in the car, or left her in the apartment by herfself. I have received a DUI charge and I'm in the process of working through the legal system. This accident happended 11 days ago. I just want people to know how dangerous it is.

Posted by
California
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I took ambien at night, had a violent outburst but was not aware what I was doing. My daughter called 911. Police arrived, I do not remember them trying to talk to me, I was not cooperative, I ran, the police took me down, handcuffed me, pepper sprayed me after I was handcuffed and in the patrol car, I was jailed for 3 days. It has cost me $5000.00 in attorney fees to represent me. I was charged with battery against husband, resisting arrest, battery against police.

Posted by
Washington
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It has effected relationships, employment, my well being, my ability to function effectively in society, ect.

Posted by
Ohio
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While on Ambien, one particular evening I got in my car and apparently was going to the grocery store. I woke up when I crashed my vehicle, flipping it over and I was trapped inside. This was the last episode of multiple instances when I would awake in the morning to a receipt on the counter, indicating I went out and purchased misc. items at the local gas station. My boyfriend began to hide my keys at night, but unfortunately the night of my accident, he forgot.

Posted by
Massachusetts
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One instance there was irregular breathing after taking Ambien and my fiance took me to the hospital because I didn't seem normal, I have no recollection of this. The next time I was hallucinating about baby dragons at our front door and an Asian man in our bedroom dancing. I actually was quite distressed and wouldn't calm down until my fiance went and checked on the baby dragon at the door. He did and instead brought back our cat. The only thing I remember about that episode is him bringing the cat in and then I fell asleep. My fiance stayed up for most of the night making sure that I was ok.

Posted by
Utah
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During my hallucination I thought my family was in danger. I attacked my pregnant wife and brother thinking they were the enemy. I did not recognize them. I found myself in the hospital with 6 fractures to the face and since had to have surgery where they inserted 4 titanium plates in my face to repair it. I could have killed a loved one or killed myself in the incident. The doctors confirmed that I had a severe allergic reaction to Ambien and I blame Ambien for all of my family's and myself 's pain and suffering.

Posted by
North Carolina
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In 2005 of December my Dr. prescribed Ambein to me and I was 34 weeks pregnant. Three days after the medicine was administered to me, my healthy baby boy was pronounced dead on Christmas morning. Why was this drug given to me when I had no problems with sleeping. I only complained of my navel hurting really bad and I was experiencing preterm labor. Now I suffer from depression, lack of confidence, no sleep, and am suicidal.

Posted by
California
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In 7/2004 I was taking Ambien and CNS depressants. I took my prescribed dose one evening and shortly after I had gotten into my truck and drove to my local hospital two blocks away and drove through the front entrance of the hospital. I awoke the next morning handcuffed to a hospital bed with no memory of what had taken place.


Posted by
Georgia
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I guess I am lucky. I started taking Ambien as prescribed by my doctor for a sleep disorder. It worked great for awhile until I started sleep walking, eating and finally turning on the outdoor sprinkler system in the middle of the night.
When I let my doctor know she did immediately prescribed something else. However the pharmacy cannot buy back my remaining doses.
I have also gained 10 pounds. Yikes!
A good nights sleep is not fattening and potentially dangerous.

Posted by
Illinois
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I have suffered from increased weight gain for 1 year as a result of using Ambien and never being told that a side effect could be binge eating at night.

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