Ambien is a medication that belongs to a group of drugs called hypnotics or sedatives. It works by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain if they’re imbalanced in patients with such sleeping issues as insomnia. People take this medicine to fall asleep when they first go to bed. Nowadays, Ambien is available in the form of immediate and extended release pills.
This treatment may impair your normal reactions and thinking. Sometimes, users still feel sleepy in the morning, but it’s necessary to wait for about 4 hours until they’re fully awake to complete any tasks that require your full alertness. Ambien may rarely cause serious allergic reactions, so you need to go to the hospital once you experience such signs as difficulty breathing, hives, swelling and others. Some patients taking this medicine and engaging in such activities as eating, driving, walking and others have no memory of them later. Don’t combine Ambien with any alcoholic beverages. This medicine can be habit-forming, so don’t share it with other people. Tablets may contain lactose, so be cautious if you have any sensitivity to it.
To ensure that the intake of Ambien is 100% safe for you, inform doctors if you have serious medical conditions, including liver and kidney problems, myasthenia gravis, sleep apnea, lung diseases, alcohol or drug addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts and other mental problems. It’s not clearly known if Ambien harms unborn babies or passes into the breast milk, so nursing and pregnant women should be careful when using it. Sedative effects of this medication can be stronger in older patients. Ambien is not intended to be used by people who are less than 18 years old.
How to Use Ambien
Don’t take this medicine if you don’t have 7-8 hours of sleep before waking up. This treatment is only short-term, so don’t take Ambien for longer than 4-5 weeks. Its intake shouldn’t be stopped abruptly because of possible withdrawal symptoms. Avoid overdosing this medication and watch for such dangerous symptoms as shallow breathing, sleepiness, confusion, fainting, lightheadedness and coma.
Ambien Side Effects
This medication may cause allergic and adverse reactions. You should report any worsening symptoms to your doctor, including the following:
Aggression and depression;
Confusion and agitation;
Anxiety and memory issues;
Unusual thoughts and personality changes;
Hallucinations and reduced inhibitions;
Risk-taking behaviors and suicidal ideas.
Stop taking Ambien and call your physician if you have the following severe side effects:
Irregular or fast heartbeats;
Chest pain and shortness of breath;
Difficulty swallowing or breathing.
Mild adverse reactions caused by this medicine include:
Daytime drowsiness and unusual weakness;
Tired feeling and stuffy nose;
Loss of coordination and constipation;
Throat or nose irritation;
Muscle pain and headaches;
Dry mouth and upset stomach.