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Ambien

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5.3  Effectiveness
5.1  Side Effects
5.9  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 5 Ambien side effects and 3 Ambien benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is zolpidem and the brand name is Ambien.

Ambien is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis.

The active ingredient of this medication is Zolpidem tartrate and inactive ingredients are hydroxypropyl methylcellulose and lactose.

It primarily used in the short-term treatment of insomnia (trouble falling asleep).
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Michael Jackson

An autopsy revealed that Michael Jackson died of a lethal overdose of the anesthetic propofol, or Diprivan, which he used to relieve his chronic insomnia.

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Heath Ledger

Actor Heath Ledger suffered from insomnia and sometimes slept less than two hours a night.

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley is one of 20th century pop culture's most important figures. He suffered from drug addiction and insomnia.

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Drew Barrymore

Actress, film producer, and director Drew Barrymore had a troubled childhood. She now suffers from severe insomnia and anxiety attacks.

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was one of the bombshells of the 20th century. Unfortunately, she suffered from several health problems, including insomnia, endometriosis, and drug addiction.

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Eminem

The highest grossing rapper in the world has a history of insomnia and drug dependence. He checked himself into rehabilitation to help deal with his condition.

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Effectiveness of Ambien by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Ambien, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 0% 2% 90.2% 7.8% 0%
Balance/Equilibrium 2% 10% 84% 4% 0%
Blood Pressure 0% 0% 96% 4% 0%
Breathing 0% 2% 96% 2% 0%
Confidence 2% 2% 90% 6% 0%
Coordination/Motor Skills 2% 11.8% 82.4% 3.9% 0%
Digestion 0% 4% 96% 0% 0%
Emotional Well-being 3.9% 11.8% 54.9% 25.5% 3.9%
Energy 2% 18% 56% 12% 12%
Eyesight 0% 4% 94% 2% 0%
Memory 7.8% 13.7% 66.7% 7.8% 3.9%
Mental Clarity 2% 20% 54% 20% 4%
Pain 0% 4% 94% 2% 0%
Patience 0% 6% 74% 18% 2%
Sexual Health 2% 4% 88% 4% 2%
Skin Complexion 0% 2% 94.1% 3.9% 0%
Sleep 5.6% 16.7% 7.4% 24.1% 46.3%
Stress Level 2% 10% 76% 8% 4%
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Commonly Reported Ambien Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abnormal / Vivid Dreams 72.1% 7% 11.6% 2.3% 7%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 71.4% 11.9% 4.8% 4.8% 7.1%
Anxiety 75% 8.3% 8.3% 0% 8.3%
Blurred Vision 75% 8.3% 0% 16.7% 0%
Confusion 61.4% 28.1% 3.5% 5.3% 1.8%
Constipation 92.7% 0% 4.9% 2.4% 0%
Depression 87% 3.7% 3.7% 5.6% 0%
Diarrhea 97.7% 0% 2.3% 0% 0%
Dizziness 67.2% 10.3% 17.2% 3.4% 1.7%
Double Vision 93.5% 3.2% 3.2% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 48.3% 10.3% 17.2% 15.5% 8.6%
Dry Mouth 88.1% 4.8% 4.8% 2.4% 0%
Euphoria 78.9% 3.5% 12.3% 3.5% 1.8%
Falls 90.6% 1.9% 3.8% 1.9% 1.9%
Fatigue 69.8% 9.3% 14% 4.7% 2.3%
Feelings of Anger / Rage 92.9% 0% 0% 0% 7.1%
Gas 91.7% 0% 0% 8.3% 0%
Headache 83.3% 11.1% 5.6% 0% 0%
Insomnia 83.3% 16.7% 0% 0% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 83.3% 7.4% 7.4% 1.9% 0%
Mood Swings 58.3% 16.7% 8.3% 8.3% 8.3%
Nausea 88.7% 7.5% 3.8% 0% 0%
Respiratory Tract Infection 98.1% 0% 1.9% 0% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 83.3% 0% 8.3% 8.3% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 91.7% 0% 0% 8.3% 0%
Stomach Ache 91.7% 8.3% 0% 0% 0%
Sweating 90.6% 3.8% 3.8% 1.9% 0%
Vertigo 90.7% 4.7% 2.3% 2.3% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Ambien Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abnormal / Vivid Dreams 40% 13.3% 40% 0% 6.7%
Addiction 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 53.3% 13.3% 0% 6.7% 26.7%
Change in Behavior 86% 4% 2% 6% 2%
Coordination / Balance Problems 79.5% 15.4% 0% 5.1% 0%
Fatigue 57.1% 7.1% 35.7% 0% 0%
General Discomfort 90.9% 9.1% 0% 0% 0%
Hallucinations 89.7% 10.3% 0% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 90.9% 9.1% 0% 0% 0%
Vertigo 81.8% 9.1% 9.1% 0% 0%
Vomiting 98% 2% 0% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Ambien
Since taking Ambien Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 1.4%
Fall 8.7%
Hallucination 1.4%
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User Comments about Ambien
01 Feb 2013 After taking ambien for about 6 months for insomnia, it has started working less. I also have experienced a lot of sleep walking and eating after taking it.
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14 Jan 2012 This medication helped me sleep. It did upset my stomach however.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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06 Jan 2012 Ambien helped me a great deal with getting some much-needed sleep. My work shift time was 4am mon-thurs. Before taking Ambien, I would average about 1-4 hours of sleep a night, some times no sleep. With ambien, I was getting about 6-8 hours of sleep. I have noticed memory loss. I hate depending on any pill.
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02 Jan 2012 Very good medciation for sleeping better and increases mental clarity. No side effects experienced while taking this medicaton.
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26 Sep 2011 If I take ambien for three nights in a row- it doesn't work the following night.
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