What is Ambien?
Ambien is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia). Ambien is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep). This medication causes relaxation to help you fall asleep.
Ambien may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Ambien side effects
Ambien may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking Ambien and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Ambien and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: depressed mood, thoughts of hurting yourself; unusual thoughts, risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger; anxiety, aggression, feeling restless or agitated; hallucinations, confusion, loss of personality.
Less serious Ambien side effects may include: daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling “drugged” or light-headed; lack of coordination; amnesia, forgetfulness; vivid or abnormal dreams; nausea, constipation; stuffy nose, sore throat; headache, muscle pain; or blurred vision. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.