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Ambien Side Effects


Ambien (zolpidem) is prescribed for the treatment of insomnia. Ambien has also been prescribed off-label for the treatment of restless legs syndrome.

According to the official Ambien website, common side effects of Ambien may include next day drowsiness, headaches, sleepiness, and dizziness.

More serious side effects may include temporary amnesia, drug dependence, withdrawal symptoms when the drug is stopped after being used on a regular basis, excessively outgoing or aggressive behavior, confusion, agitation, strange behavior, hallucinations, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

This space is provided for you to share your side effects (or lack thereof) and experiences with Ambien by posting a comment below.

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First time I took it for insomnia I saw little green men and unless you plan to be in bed in 15 min when you take it for the first time you will black out . Does the job, but please use caution.

Posted by Anonymous on September 30, 2006 8:19 AM | Permalink | Reply

I've had really good luck with Trazadone for sleep issues. 15 years. Went off recently, but I have the same sleep issues. I am back on it.
There is an adjsutment period, and you must go on it slowly.

Posted by McTwirly on October 7, 2006 7:38 AM | Permalink | Reply

Regarding Exfoliator and pregnancy; I WOULD NOT TAKE A CHANCE!! Regardless of what other people have said regarding their results, people who are on illegal drugs and alcohol also have had normal babies. Do you want to be one of the stats? Are you willing to risk your baby's chances of not being normal? What if your baby is born with dependency, brain damage or physical problems? How would you feel then? Would you think it was OKAY TO TAKE A CHANCE on someone else's life? That's like driving while impaired and taking a chance on not killing someone else. There are millions of people who never kill someone else while driving drunk, but it only takes one time, and that time could be YOU. Would you like it if someone else took YOUR life in their hands?

Posted by Marie on October 8, 2006 2:01 PM | Permalink | Reply

Gee Wizz,
Thank you for your concern but at the end of the day it is my decision and i am going into this with eyes wide open and the best medical care and communication. I also have to make you aware that i experienced a really horrible trauma and couldnt function, so knowing that i was pregnant i had to weigh it up (either i remain very unwell and pass on servere stresses and all kinds of nasties to the baby or I get help so i can function and research what medications are safe enough to take so both of us have a decent chance at life). You do not know my situation and I am not looking for conflict on this site, I was merely asked to post what i was going through on Efexor xr by the creator of this site. Nothing more, nothing less.

Thank you for your time.
Exfoliator

Posted by Exfoliator on October 9, 2006 2:52 PM | Permalink | Reply

Cymbalta side effects. For me they are some weight loss (appetite loss) (good thing!), bad side effect for me is heat/sweating. Also, recently more nightmares ie; death, etc., don't like that. I will hang in there because I think it can help.

Posted by Dorothy M on October 12, 2006 7:47 PM | Permalink | Reply

Holy cow. What a generation of cry babies. The truly effective sleep medication are actually harmless (ie reds, rainbows, and others). Ambiem is a joke compared to effective sleeping pills. Has everybody in the country drank of the DEA scare "kool aid"?

Posted by larry hardin on July 3, 2007 6:29 AM | Permalink | Reply

made me weepy, crying over nothing.

Posted by Anonymous on September 10, 2007 4:32 AM | Permalink | Reply

monthly pill 150mg, In 12 hrs nausea,abdominal pain. In 18 hrs severe spine, muscle, and head pain, influenza-like illness, fever, insomnia, arm, leg and hip pain. Chest pain around heart. Liver, panceriacus, spleen sore. (Diabetic) glucose points up 50 points higher. BLood pressure was up (152/92-pulse 91) Taking Aleve to relieve pain (4) days later I'm still in muscle pain. . Will talk to Dr. Tomorrow (5-21-07) about not taking this again and will scold him for giving it to me and for not answering my call for help on the Friday the day after it

Posted by Joan. S Newton on September 28, 2007 6:35 AM | Permalink | Reply

I do not recommend this drug. I've taken it for the past 2 nights for sleepnessness and my family says I've acted very strangly. I was talking nonsense and I grabbed my son's arm and wouldn't let go. I was laughing and calling him "weak". I do not remember any of this. This frightens me and I'll NEVER take this again!

Posted by mcain on October 12, 2007 1:02 PM | Permalink | Reply

Dan: I've had some success with Melatonin. I take it two or more hours before bedtime. I've read that half the dose normally found in a tablet is enough, which seems to be the case. It often helps me get to sleep, but doesn't do anything for wakefulness in the middle of the night, which is at least as much of a problem for me as falling asleep.

Byron: That is one scary story.

Posted by Joel on December 31, 2007 11:29 AM | Permalink | Reply

Isn't the whole point of taking this is help you fall alseep? Why would you be behind the wheel of a car? You should take it while laying in bed and close your eyes to rest. You should not be taking this every night. I found that when I actually shut off the TV, put a mask on my face and lay down, I get a full 8hrs of sleep and feel rested the next day. The only side effect I experice is if I have to wake up for work before I get the full 8hrs of sleep. In that case, I am drowsy until it wears off. So if you plan on getting up at 8am, make sure you take it at 11pm. 20 mins to set in and a 1/2 leadtime. :)

Posted by Maria on January 31, 2008 3:05 PM | Permalink | Reply

when taken properly (as in taking it like 5 minutes b4 getting into bed) it works wonderfully, aside from the occassional vivid violent nightemares. however if you take it n dont go to sleep rite away, in my case i end up saying incoherant things n acting like a lunatic. one nite i forgot i had taken my pill around 9 and took another around 10, i ended up hallucinating (seeing people in my room and thinking i had participated in a gang bang) when really i was alone with my bf. iknew the people werent really in my room mentally, but i kept seeing them. its some strange shit

Posted by Anonymous on February 2, 2008 6:46 PM | Permalink | Reply

i just started taking ambiem and im soooo exhausted the next day.i need to take it cause i have bad anxiety n i cant sleep but i hate it. please some 1 email me back maybe some 1 can tell me another sleeping pill that will help me.

Posted by shelly on February 17, 2008 2:07 PM | Permalink | Reply

Even after long-winded above post, I still forgot these most important tidbits: My doctor approved it for long-term use and gave me an initial 90, yes, 90 day supply of it!!! Needless to say, the doctor was informed of my side effects and I flushed what was left after counting them. I then subtracted that amount from the original 90 count, checked the date on the scrip bottle as to when I brought it home and took the first one, and realized I was taking more of them during the night when I was SUPPOSED to be asleep. I know my husband didn't take them because he gets drug tested on a regular basis and didn't know where I kept them anyway and my mother sure as **** didn't climb the stairs, dig them up and take them!!!

Posted by Jin on March 22, 2008 2:14 AM | Permalink | Reply

I Shoot a hole in my bedroom wall. Thank God know one got hurt! Thats it for me! I pray for you all! Please pray for me. Thank you.

Posted by David on April 28, 2008 12:44 AM | Permalink | Reply

I Shoot a hole in my bedroom wall. Thank God know one got hurt! Thats it for me! I pray for you all! Please pray for me. Thank you.

Posted by David on April 28, 2008 12:44 AM | Permalink | Reply

Thanks to everyone that has posted. This drug is a nightmare (pun intended)! Started out by taking only 1/2 pill. Not a good idea with a control release since it is designed to dissolve in stages. I slept while my mind raced. Woke up feeling awful not to mention that during the day I was a total idiot...not finishing sentences, forgetting names (including my own) and making my boss wonder about my sanity! Started taking the full pill and slept 7 hours and felt great. I tried to stop taking the pill and developed the worse case of insomnia I have ever had. Also, the ringing in my ears drives me nuts at night. My chest is tight, heart beats through my chest and my eyes burn. How long before this stuff gets out of my body??? It's 3am and I am wide awake!!

Posted by will on May 26, 2008 11:59 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have never taken abien, but my sister has for the past 4-6 months. I am very concerned. Her personality has done a complete 180. I don't even know who she is anymore. It seems like she is bipolar. One minute she will be cracking a joke and the next she is screaming at me then crying. it seems to be since she has been on this medication (without a doctors percription) that she has been acting this way. Please help me...

Posted by Lola on June 15, 2008 2:15 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have never taken abien, but my sister has for the past 4-6 months. I am very concerned. Her personality has done a complete 180. I don't even know who she is anymore. It seems like she is bipolar. One minute she will be cracking a joke and the next she is screaming at me then crying. it seems to be since she has been on this medication (without a doctors percription) that she has been acting this way. Please help me...

Posted by Lola on June 15, 2008 2:15 PM | Permalink | Reply

It's quite simple. Take a dose, GO DIRECTLY TO BED. Do not stay up, drive, drink, or attempt anything but sleep. I have taken 5 mg several times a week with great success, although it seems that I have become a bit dependent, as I have difficulty getting sleepy on the nights I don't take it. Also, I don't feel as though I have had a deep sleep upon waking. I'm not drowsy, but also not really refreshed. Has anyone tried Lunesta with any success?

Posted by Colleen on July 8, 2008 6:37 PM | Permalink | Reply

It's quite simple. Take a dose, GO DIRECTLY TO BED. Do not stay up, drive, drink, or attempt anything but sleep. I have taken 5 mg several times a week with great success, although it seems that I have become a bit dependent, as I have difficulty getting sleepy on the nights I don't take it. Also, I don't feel as though I have had a deep sleep upon waking. I'm not drowsy, but also not really refreshed. Has anyone tried Lunesta with any success?

Posted by Colleen on July 8, 2008 6:38 PM | Permalink | Reply

This med has helped with my insomnia, but I had to discontinue using it as I recently woke up while I was "sleep driving" at a high rate of speed 80 miles from home. I have no memory of ever leaving my home!! The real frightening part is this explains why my car was always near empty for my six months of use.

Posted by Fulvio on August 17, 2008 10:32 PM | Permalink | Reply

Some of you are talking about staying up all night..walking down roads. This is a SLEEP AIDE! Get in bed or close at it because some of you are not relaxing your mind beforehand. If you lie down and wait for it to work and relax your mind it works like it should for me. maybe it will help. I was taking them everynight and realized I only needed them because the Lortab I was taking was actually what was keeping me awake! now I take them very rarely and changed my pain meds to percocet which I do more leg elevating for my vascular pain instead of pain pill taking. I dnt like the distant feelings the pain pills give.
get ur lives together and get off of the pills you DON'T really need. I did and started feeling and acting better. its called addiction. learn how to get rid of the stress that is keeping your mind turning keeping you awake! CLEAN AND VERY HAPPY! change to just baked chicken and fish. No dairy products and lots of grapes apricots and A LOT of watermellon...along with daily excersize...I use hip hop abs! All of these changes I have made have changed my life!

Female age 44. 5'1 and 116 Lbs.

Posted by Anonymous on August 19, 2008 7:17 AM | Permalink | Reply

Correction: ((Recently good ole' Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida refused to keep paying for my pills.)) Then I had to pay $155.00 at Walgreens.

Posted by Ann on August 25, 2008 1:41 PM | Permalink | Reply

Hi ! all very interesting stuff in these posts, I live in the UK and I have been taking the prescribed drugs mirtazapine and zoplicone for my insomnia I take 15 mg of one and 3.75 mg of the latter I have some anxiety issues also.. I must admit that my side-effects are an awful burning sensation in my mouth, limbs and groin, I really hate these feelings.. I just want to know if anyone out there has a sure fire cure for insomnia which is safe and leaves you feeling decent next day Please let me know I would welcome any advice to my email address ian.macnab@virgin.net Thank you all

Posted by ian on September 9, 2008 6:03 AM | Permalink | Reply

Sorry, forgot 1 little tidbit of advice. Please don't flush any drugs or pour them down the sink. Too many end up in our water supply. To dispose of them, add coffee grounds or dish soap to the RX bottle with some water, shake it up and seal it in a bag and toss. Make sure you take of the label from the bottle. Thanks.

Posted by Lisa on September 21, 2008 8:57 PM | Permalink | Reply

I do not take this drug but both of my parents do. I hate this drug.My dad does not even fall asleep. he sits up in his chair and watches tv. then he drinks like 10 beers and eats none stop. He never use to have more then 2 beers in one night and now it's like 10 or more depentding on what time he takes Ambian. My Mom takes the Ambian and then she tells me all of her secrets and does not rememeber the next morning. This is a horrbial drug and i think it's worse than LSD!

Posted by Anonymous on October 28, 2008 5:44 PM | Permalink | Reply

I posted #236 and that incident happened Thursday 11/6 and he just called today Tuesday 11/11 and left message indicating he didn't know what he did, how, or why he ended up at his own house on Friday morning. And post #237 is soooo familiar. I'm not glad, but it is easier to know that I'm not the only one dealing with this.

Posted by Julie on November 11, 2008 10:57 AM | Permalink | Reply

Sorry, I thought my email would be displayed...

josh_helms@hotmail.com

Posted by Josh Helms on November 24, 2008 9:20 PM | Permalink | Reply

Last night I took a CR. My wife told me today that she say me at 3 AM in the kitchen making Sasame Noodles, ripping open the potato chip bag and eating refrigerated cookie dough and whipped cream with my hands. I woke up today at 11 AM and was very full. Didn't understand why.... This is some spooky medicine. It does something to your biological hunger mechanism.

Posted by Tony on December 7, 2008 6:26 PM | Permalink | Reply

Hi, I have been taking Ambein for three days now. It does hit you system hard within 15 min. It did help me to fall asleep fast but only slept for a few hours. Awoke with mean, violent nightmares and shakes. I've decided to not take it anymore. And the nausea is horrible. and I never get nauseated...EVER. I think they should take this Med off the market. I am tired all day the day after. I was given this med because of extreme insomnia and ...IT DOESN'T WORK. Horrible medication.

Posted by Pamela on December 10, 2008 8:16 AM | Permalink | Reply

Also you want to know what the side effects of this drug remind me of hearing about? Datura, it is a old herb that Witches used to take and rub on there bodys when they mixed it with lard and other psycoactive herbs. It is what made them think that they were flying on the broom, Also the Original Idea of Werewolves were made into mythical beings, Because people would wonder around completely out of touch with there brain, talking to objects and wondering around at night and not sleeping for days. Also people on Datura do not feel anything, there are reports of people walking around with severe injury's and not even realizing that they are even alive. All im saying is look up Datura in the Nightshade's category of plant's and look at the similarities of the side effects. Not trying to scare anyone But Never touch Datura.

Posted by HolyCrap on December 14, 2008 12:03 PM | Permalink | Reply

I was taking ambian for about a year and a half with no side efects what so ever. Then about a couple months ago i was in flordia I saw a little baby and my thought went to her privates must be really little, and I thought if people and pubic hair, one thought was if we were going to be emergancey foster care if we had a baby and I went to change the diaper what if I tuched he ror fingered her. NO i would never do this. I have been of ambian for a bout a month now and those thoughts are completley gone now. So I will never be taking ambian again because these thoguhts sacred the shit out of me.

Posted by Frankie on December 20, 2008 1:24 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have never tripped before on shrooms or acid, after taking ambein though, I can kinda say that I have. I woke my husband up one night asking him who was in the bed with him, and that I wasn't upset, I just wanted to know who. I couldn't hold any kind of conversation what so ever, because I kept stumbeling over my words. Everything that was not breathing, or alive, prior to taking it, came to life after taking it. I can see how people get addicted to it, because the euphoric feeling was great! However, it did not help me sleep at all, and I just kept my husband up all night. All in all, it was not worth it for me.

Posted by Meagan on December 21, 2008 10:08 PM | Permalink | Reply

Last week i broke my leg. the doctor put me in a cast and told me to stay off it for 2 weeks. i got home and went out and ran a mile. The cast shattered and a peice got stuck in my leg. Casts are very dangerous and should be taken off the market!!!

Honestly this is what some people sound like. I have no sympathy for anyone who experiences episodes when they fail to follow doctors orders or read the long list of precautions and directions when you pick up your prescription.

Posted by Ted on April 12, 2009 1:22 PM | Permalink | Reply

I have taken this drug for about 4 months now and I can tell you, everytime I take it I have no memory of what I do 30 mintues after taking it. My wife and kids say I do the dumbest things and I just cannot remember doing them. It is very scary sometimes!

Posted by Rodney on June 25, 2009 11:55 AM | Permalink | Reply

i have quit taking the am cr for about a week. very hard to find peace in sleeping but can be done. i noticed that i am more irritable, aggitated, and moody but worth it. all those things will work themselves out. the side effects are brutal but better than depending on the blue pill to make u sleep. try melatonin maybe. natural and worked for me. seek ur dr. and have them slowly wean you off the am cr.

Posted by Anonymous on August 29, 2009 6:42 PM | Permalink | Reply

My father took this in the hospitol. He had major side effects he cant remember anything he went on a rampage making holes in walls. He fell twice because of disorentation and now has to have emergancy sergery, he may have brain damage. This just happend and i dont know if he will ever recover i need to know if the side effects are permenant.

Posted by Dillon on January 19, 2010 12:07 PM | Permalink | Reply

Any update on the memory/confusion issues?

Posted by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 4:45 PM | Permalink | Reply

just started takin it two days ago 4 insomnia from my depression and withtin 10 mins of taking it i get drowsy. So off to bed i go, and after ba while leying awake i feel like people need help and are running around me, hallucinatig bad. only taking 1 small dosage.

Posted by herpderp derpina on June 7, 2012 11:53 PM | Permalink | Reply

This is the BEST comment ever! Totally right on, Andy!!

Posted by Anonymous on July 30, 2012 4:08 PM | Permalink | Reply

Stop taking it. You will be OK. Just awake

Posted by Adriana on October 24, 2012 3:32 PM | Permalink | Reply

It is against the law for them to not put you on watch!

Posted by Anonymous on November 14, 2012 11:59 AM | Permalink | Reply

Isn't this medication only to be used for a very short time-- why is everyone using it for longer than the recommendations?

Posted by Chris on December 6, 2012 4:48 PM | Permalink | Reply

Does anyone have Side effects the next day from taking Amiben cr 12.5mgs like your head is blank because I've token Amiben Cr 12.5 mgs for many years and never had any Side effects at all now it seems I've been waking up feeling like I have a hang over or something like that.

Posted by David on February 10, 2013 11:55 AM | Permalink | Reply

Hi im bob im on stillnox as we speak goodnight x

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