Problems With Ambien

Ambien® (zolpidem tartrate) is a prescription sleep medicine used for treating insomnia in adults. Although most people tolerate this medication well, there are possible problems with Ambien that you should be aware of before taking it.
In research studies, up to 4 percent of people stopped taking Ambien because of side effects. There also appears to be a relationship between the dosage of Ambien and these problems. This is why people are advised to take the smallest possible dose of this medication.
Ambien has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with 3,660 people having been evaluated. In these studies, the most common problems associated with Ambien use included:
  • Daytime drowsiness -- in up to 8 percent of people
  • Dizziness -- up to 5 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 3 percent
  • Difficulty with coordination -- up to 3 percent
  • Lightheadedness -- up to 2 percent.
While most Ambien problems appear to be mild and do not require medical attention, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience suicidal thoughts, fainting, slurred speech, or vision changes, as these could be signs of more serious problems.
(Click Ambien Side Effects for a more complete list of problems seen with Ambien, including rare but possible side effects.)
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