Adverse or negative effects of Ambien (INFOGRAPHIC)

Ambien is a prescription sedative that belongs to a class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. This medication is usually limited to short treatment periods of 6 weeks or less. What can happen when you use Ambien for longer? We review here.

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Adverse effects of Ambien

Ambien, a sleep hypnotic, can be helpful when used for short period of time. However, the longer you use Ambien, the more complex and serious become the side effects, especially to the brain. How does Ambien affect the body, mind, and central nervous system in negative ways? We review here.

Adverse effects of Ambien on behavior

Adverse or negative effects of Ambien (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • abnormal extroversion
  • aggression
  • anxiety
  • de-personalization
  • detached behavior
  • emotional instability
  • no fear of danger
  • risk-taking behavior

Adverse effects of Ambien on the brain

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  • amnesia
  • hallucinations
  • memory impairment
  • short term memory loss

Adverse effects of Ambien on psychology

  • abnormal dreams
  • confusion
  • decreased self-esteem
  • delusions
  • depression
  • sleep induction
  • suicidal mood

Adverse effects of Ambien on sex and sexuality

  • decreased libido
  • decreased sperm-count
  • impotence
  • unconscious and risky sexual behavior
  • vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina)

Adverse effects of Ambien on body responses

  • anaphylactic shock
  • anorexia
  • ataxia
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • dry mouth
  • increased sweating
  • physical weakness and lack of energy
  • tachycardia
  • vomiting
  • vomiting

Negative effects of Ambien to general health

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  • angina pectoris
  • eyesight changes
  • infections
  • memory alterations and amnesia
  • myalgia
  • respiratory depression

Serious adverse side effects of Ambien

  • acute renal failure
  • blood clots
  • glaucoma
  • heart attack
  • loss of sight
  • psychological issues
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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    1. Hi Gustavo. According to the DSM IV clinical criteria for addiction, which outlines the framework for Ambien addiction symptoms, symptoms of Ambien addiction include:

      – increased Ambien doses administered more often than medically suggested
      – continued use of Ambien for non-medical purposes despite negative consequences in social and private life
      – not being able to stop taking Ambien
      – experiencing urge and cravings for use
      – experiencing withdrawal symptoms each time when Ambien use is stopped or doses are significantly lowered

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