Ambien Side Effects

The documented risks of these drugs are provided so the public can make informed, educated decisions. Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic anti-anxety drug, also known as Ambien CR, Ivedal, Myslee,Nimadorm, Stilnoct, Stilnox, Stilnox CR, Zolpidem, Zolt, Zolpimist.

Please note: No one should attempt to get off of psychiatric drugs without doctor’s supervision. To help find medical practitioners in your area, click here.

Ambien Drug Warnings:

There have been 7 drug regulatory agency warnings from two countries (United States and Australia). These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):

3 warnings on Ambien causing cognitive impairment
3 warnings on Ambien causing sleep-driving
2 warnings on Ambien causing hallucinations
2 warnings on Ambien causing abnormal behavior
1 warning on Ambien causing birth defects
1 warning on Ambien causing suicidal risk
1 warning on Ambien causing amnesia
1 warning on Ambien causing depression

Ambien Drug Studies:

There have been 3 studies in two countries (United States and Sweden). These include the following:

1 study on Ambien causing suicide risk
1 study on Ambien causing violence
1 study on Ambien causing falls

Adverse Reaction Reports Filed with the US FDA: There have been 5,644 adverse reactions reported to the US FDA in connection with Ambien.

The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

  • 1,311 cases of amnesia
  • 693 cases of road traffic accidents
  • 682 cases of somnambulism (sleepwalking)
  • 507 cases of drug being ineffective
  • 485 cases of falls
  • 412 cases of sleep walking
  • 391 cases of abnormal behavior
  • 375 cases of impaired driving ability
  • 333 cases of confusion
  • 312 cases of completed suicide

Documented Side Effects of Ambien:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Abnormal Thinking
Auditory/Visual Hallucinations
Behavioral Changes
Chest Pain
Difficulty Breathing/Swallowing
Difficulty Keeping Balance
Drugged Feeling
Feeling Like Throat is Closing

Impaired Motor/Cognitive Performance
Joint, Back, or Neck Pain
Muscle Aches/Cramps
Pain, Burning, Numbness or Tingling in Hands, Arms, Feet or Legs
Pounding Heartbeat
Ringing, Pain or Itching in Ears
Shortness of Breath

Stomach Pain/Tenderness
Suicidal Thoughts/ Actions
Swelling of the Eyes, Face, Lips, Tongue or Throat
Uncontrollable Shaking of a Body Part
Unsteady Walking
Unusual Dreams
Unusual Sensitivity
Vision Problems
Worsening of Depression

Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.