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Ambien Side Effects

Ambien side effects include sedation, muscle relaxation, anti-convulsants (anti-seizure), and anti-anxiety. Ambien (generic name: Zolpidem) belongs to a class of medicines that effects the central nervous system, called sedative hypnotics. This medication is closely related to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines. Abuse and Addiction to Ambien affects many people throughout the United States. Often they become addicted unintentionally and do not realize it until they experience withdrawal symptoms when they discontinue use.

Common Ambien Side Effects:

  • abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, abnormal vision, agitation, amnesia, anxiety, arthritis
  • back pain, bronchitis, burning sensation
  • chest pain, confusion, constipation, coughing
  • daytime sleeping, decreased mental alertness, depression, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating, difficulty swallowing, diminished sensitivity to touch, dizziness on standing, double vision, dry mouth
  • emotional instability, exaggerated feeling of well-being, eye irritation
  • falling, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms
  • gas, general discomfort
  • hallucination, hiccup, high blood pressure, high blood sugar
  • increased sweating, infection, insomnia, itching
  • joint pain
  • lack of bladder control, lack of coordination, lethargy, light-headedness, loss of appetite
  • menstrual disorder, migraine, muscle pain
  • nasal inflammation, nervousness, numbness
  • paleness, prickling or tingling sensation
  • rapid heartbeat, rash, ringing in the ears
  • sinus inflammation, sleep disorder, speech difficulties, swelling due to fluid retention
  • taste abnormalities, throat inflammation, throbbing heartbeat, tremor
  • unconsciousness, upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection
  • vertigo, vomiting
  • weakness

Less Common Ambien Side Effects:

  • abnormal tears or tearing, abscess, acne, aggravation of allergies, aggravation of high blood pressure, aggression, allergic reaction, altered production of saliva, anemia
  • belching, blisters, blood clot in lung, boils, breast pain, breast problems, breast tumors, bruising
  • chill with high temperature followed by heat and perspiration
  • decreased sex drive, delusion, difficulty urinating
  • excessive urine production, eye pain, facial swelling due to fluid retention
  • fainting, false perceptions, feeling intoxicated, feeling strange, flushing, frequent urination
  • glaucoma, gout
  • heart attack, hemorrhoids, herpes infection, high cholesterol, hives, hot flashes
  • impotence, inability to urinate, increased appetite, increased tolerance to the drug, intestinal blockage, irregular heartbeat
  • joint degeneration
  • kidney failure, kidney pain
  • laryngitis, leg cramps, loss of reality, low blood pressure
  • mental deterioration, muscle spasms in arms and legs, muscle weakness
  • nosebleed, pain, painful urination, panic attacks, paralysis, pneumonia, poor circulation
  • rectal bleeding, rigidity
  • sciatica (lower back pain), sensation of seeing flashes of lights or sparks, sensitivity to light, sleepwalking, speech difficulties, swelling of the eye
  • thinking abnormalities, thirst, tooth decay
  • uncontrolled leg movements, urge to go to the bathroom
  • varicose veins
  • weight loss
  • yawning

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