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Ambien Articles of Interest:

Ambien: A Very Popular Sleep Medication

Ambien Dosage and Proper Use

Ambien Special Precautions

Ambien Side Effects You Need to Know

Sleep Articles of Interest:

Sleep and Health in Our Busy Lives

How much sleep to live a longer, more productive life?

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Flu Shots: What You Need to Know   

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How to Beat That Painful Arthritis  

Cholesterol Lowering Diet: Healthy Eating  

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Five Tips for Better Back Health   

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Health Insurance 101 for Senior Citizens 

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Ambien Side Effects That You Need to Know About 


ambienAmbien Side Effects: 

Ambien side effects are the unwanted effects of this insomnia medication.  Although not all of these Ambien side effects will occur, if any do occur you should contact your physician immediately. 

Less common Ambien side effects: 

Clumsiness or unsteadiness; confusion-more common in older adults; depression 

Rare Ambien side effects: 

Dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or falling (more common in older adults); fast heartbeat; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); skin rash; swelling of the face; trouble in sleeping; unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability; wheezing or difficulty breathing 

Symptoms of overdose from Ambien: 

Clumsiness or unsteadiness (severe); dizziness (severe); double vision or other vision difficulties; drowsiness (severe); severe nausea; troubled breathing; slow heartbeat; severe vomiting 

There are other Ambien side effects which may occur but they usually do not require medical attention.  These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medication.  However, as always, you need to check with your physician if any of the following Ambien side effects occur, continue, or are especially bothersome.


Less common Ambien side effects: 

Abdominal or stomach pain; daytime drowsiness; diarrhea; double vision or other vision problems; drugged feelings; dryness of mouth; general feelings of illness or discomfort; headache; memory problems; nausea; nightmares or unusual dreams; vomiting 

After you stop using this insomnia medication your body may need time to adjust.  The time it takes this to occur may depend upon the amount of time that you have taken this medicine along with the amount taken.  If during this period of time you notice any of the following Ambien side effects you need to notify your doctor immediately: 

Abdominal or stomach cramps; agitation, nervousness, or feelings in panic; convulsions or seizures; flushing; lightheadedness; muscle cramps; nausea; sweating; tremors; uncontrolled crying; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting; a worsening of emotional or mental problems 

Finally, other Ambien side effects not listed above may also occur in which case you need to notify your doctor immediately.

 Some information from The Consumer Drug Reference

Pictures of Ambien by Permission of Drugs.Com

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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