(The side effects listed below are NOT a complete list of possible side effects of this drug. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Ambien, but not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The most common side effects include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Difficulty with coordination
There are also a number of less common and more serious side effects that can occur.
(Click Ambien Side Effects to learn more about the specific side effects of this drug.)
Ambien has a number of medicines that it can potentially interact with.
(Click Ambien Drug Interactions for more information about these possible interactions.)
Prior to taking Ambien, you should notify your healthcare provider if you have:
- Sleep apnea or other type of respiratory disease, such as emphysema or COPD
- Liver disease or liver failure, including cirrhosis
- Kidney disease or kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any sort of addiction
- Any allergies to medicines.
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Ambien During Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may also be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Ambien Precautions and Warnings for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take Ambien.)