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.

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Ambien Drug Warnings:

There have been 15 drug regulatory agency warnings from four countries (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and United States) on Ambien (or zolpidem). 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):

9 warnings on Ambien causing impaired driving or sleep-driving
5 warnings on Ambien causing cognitive impairment
5 warnings on Ambien causing sleep problems
4 warnings on Ambien causing sleepwalking
3 warnings on Ambien causing hallucinations
2 warnings on Ambien causing amnesia
2 warnings on Ambien causing depression
1 warning on Ambien causing allergic reactions
1 warning on Ambien causing withdrawal reactions
1 warning on Ambien causing suicide risk or attempts
1 warning on Ambien causing abnormal behavior
1 warning on Ambien causing abnormal bleeding
1 warning on Ambien causing anxiety
1 warning on Ambien causing liver problems
1 warning on Ambien causing newborn complications
1 warning on Ambien causing risk of falls
1 warning on Ambien causing risk of fractures

Ambien Drug Studies:

There have been 23 studies done in six countries (Australia, France, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States) on Ambien (or zolpidem). These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):

4 studies on Ambien causing risk of fractures
3 studies on Ambien causing suicide risk or attempts
2 studies on Ambien causing dementia
1 study on Ambien causing death or increased risk of death
1 study on Ambien causing risk of falls
1 study on Ambien causing impaired driving or sleep-driving
1 study on Ambien causing cancer
1 study on Ambien causing cardiovascular disorders
1 study on Ambien causing violence
1 study on Ambien causing homicidal ideation
1 study on Ambien causing newborn complications
1 study on Ambien causing premature birth
1 study on Ambien causing stroke
1 study on Ambien causing liver problems
1 study on Ambien causing sleepwalking
1 study on Ambien causing tumors

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
Dizziness/ Lightheadedness
Drugged Feeling
Lethargy
Feeling Like Throat is Closing
Hives
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
Sinusitis
Sleep-Driving
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.