Common Ambien Side Effects


The most commonly reported Ambien side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Amnesia (650)
Somnambulism (372)
Road Traffic Accident (273)
Fall (233)
Abnormal Behaviour (217)
Impaired Driving Ability (191)
Abnormal Sleep-related Event (189)
Confusional State (153)
Hallucination (147)
Anxiety (127)
Depression (123)
Loss Of Consciousness (113)
Dizziness (106)
Sleep Walking (102)
Insomnia (101)
Pain (97)
Headache (92)
Feeling Abnormal (91)
Somnolence (89)
Memory Impairment (85)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Ambien Side Effects Reported to FDA



Ambien Side Effect Report#9999298
Diplopia, Vision Blurred
This is a report of a 28-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: insomnia, who was treated with Ambien 10mg (dosage: NA, start time:
Feb 26, 2014), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Diplopia, Vision Blurred after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Ambien 10mg treatment in male patients, resulting in Diplopia side effect.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9983350
Oesophageal Carcinoma, Malaise, Nervousness, Adverse Event, Dizziness, Fall, Depression
This report suggests a potential Ambien Oesophageal Carcinoma side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 78-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Ambien (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Ambien the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Oesophageal Carcinoma, Malaise, Nervousness, Adverse Event, Dizziness, Fall, DepressionAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Ambien demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Oesophageal Carcinoma, may still occur.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9975499
Dry Skin, Erythema, Eyelid Oedema, Eyelid Skin Dryness
This Dry Skin problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from Country Not Specified. A 52-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder,depression. On
Sep 11, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Ambien (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Ambien, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Dry Skin, Erythema, Eyelid Oedema, Eyelid Skin DrynessAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Dry Skin, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9973903
Upper Limb Fracture, Fall, Dementia
This Upper Limb Fracture side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 77-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Ambien (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Ambien the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Upper Limb Fracture, Fall, DementiaThese side effects may potentially be related to Ambien.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9927998
Feeling Abnormal, Abnormal Dreams, Abnormal Sleep-related Event, Middle Insomnia, Sleep Disorder
This is a report of a 33-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: insomnia, who was treated with Ambien 10mg (dosage: 1 Pill As Needed Taken By Mouth, start time:
Feb 16, 2010), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Feeling Abnormal, Abnormal Dreams, Abnormal Sleep-related Event, Middle Insomnia, Sleep Disorder after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Ambien 10mg treatment in male patients, resulting in Feeling Abnormal side effect.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9925231
Anaphylactic Reaction
This report suggests a potential Ambien Anaphylactic Reaction side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 60-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Ambien (dosage: NA) starting
Mar 25, 2013. After starting Ambien the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Anaphylactic ReactionAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Synthroid
  • Senna
  • Isovue 370
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Prednisone (Taken At 12 Noon)
  • Prednisone (Taken In Am Prior To Ct)
  • Prednisone (Taken At Bedtime)
  • Coumadin
The patient was hospitalized. Although Ambien demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Anaphylactic Reaction, may still occur.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9914105
Somnambulism, Malaise, Contusion, Fall, Sleep-related Eating Disorder, Laceration
This Somnambulism problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 49-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia. On NS this consumer started treatment with Ambien Cr (dosage: 1 Pill Once Daily Taken By Mouth). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Ambien Cr, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Somnambulism, Malaise, Contusion, Fall, Sleep-related Eating Disorder, LacerationAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Somnambulism, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9913891
Aggression, Verbal Abuse, Violence-related Symptom, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Loss Of Consciousness
This Aggression side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 55-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder.The patient was prescribed Ambien (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Ambien Cr
.After starting to take Ambien the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Aggression, Verbal Abuse, Violence-related Symptom, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Loss Of ConsciousnessThese side effects may potentially be related to Ambien.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9912681
Confusional State, Abnormal Behaviour, Product Label Issue
This is a report of a 59-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Ambien (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Simvastatin
  • Lisinopril
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Confusional State, Abnormal Behaviour, Product Label Issue after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Ambien treatment in male patients, resulting in Confusional State side effect.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9911213
Swollen Tongue, Somnambulism, Emotional Distress
This report suggests a potential Ambien Swollen Tongue side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 61-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder and used Ambien (dosage: NA) starting 2006. After starting Ambien the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Swollen Tongue, Somnambulism, Emotional DistressAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Ambien demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Swollen Tongue, may still occur.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9891233
Disorientation, Dissociation, Aggression, Disinhibition
This Disorientation problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 26-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia. On NS this consumer started treatment with Ambien (dosage: 1 Pill As Needed Taken By Mouth). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Ambien, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Disorientation, Dissociation, Aggression, DisinhibitionAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Disorientation, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9876820
Joint Swelling, Oedema Peripheral, Urinary Tract Infection
This Joint Swelling side effect was reported by a health professional from US. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia.The patient was prescribed Ambien (drug dosage: 10 Mg, Qd @ Hs), which was initiated on
Aug 16, 2010. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Amlodipine Besylate (Unk Mg, Unk)
  • Diovan Hct (Unk Mg, Unk)
  • Nasonex (50 ?g, Prn)
  • Amantadine (100 Mg, Bid)
  • Aciphex (20 Mg, Qd)
  • Ampyra (10 Mg, Bid)
  • Ampyra (10 Mg, Bid)
  • Copaxone (20 Mg, Qd)
.After starting to take Ambien the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Joint Swelling, Oedema Peripheral, Urinary Tract InfectionThese side effects may potentially be related to Ambien.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9874964
Amnesia, Somnambulism, Unevaluable Event
This is a report of a 67-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Ambien (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Amnesia, Somnambulism, Unevaluable Event after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Ambien treatment in male patients, resulting in Amnesia side effect.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9871326
Somnambulism, Road Traffic Accident
This report suggests a potential Ambien Somnambulism side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 42-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder and used Ambien (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Ambien the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Somnambulism, Road Traffic AccidentAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Ambien demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Somnambulism, may still occur.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9867487
This Death problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 49-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Ambien (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Cymbalta
  • Xanax
  • Neurontin
When using Ambien, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Death, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9852943
Completed Suicide
This Completed Suicide side effect was reported by a physician from US. A 56-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia.The patient was prescribed Ambien (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Jan 27, 2009. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Omeprazole
  • Lisinopril
  • Aspirin
  • Multivitamin
  • Garlic Supplement
  • Red Yeast Rice Extract
.After starting to take Ambien the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Completed SuicideThese side effects may potentially be related to Ambien.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9848935
Overdose, Lethargy, Pneumonia
This is a report of a 65-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Ambien (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Overdose, Lethargy, Pneumonia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Ambien treatment in female patients, resulting in Overdose side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9845485
Somnambulism, Somnambulism, Road Traffic Accident
This report suggests a potential Ambien Somnambulism side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 42-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder,back disorder and used Ambien (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Ambien the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Somnambulism, Somnambulism, Road Traffic AccidentAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Ambien demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Somnambulism, may still occur.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9844935
Somnambulism, Road Traffic Accident, Laceration, Swelling Face, Facial Pain, Excoriation, Haemorrhage, Confusional State, Contusion
This Somnambulism problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 58-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: insomnia. On
Nov 17, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Ambien (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Ambien, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Somnambulism, Road Traffic Accident, Laceration, Swelling Face, Facial Pain, Excoriation, Haemorrhage, Confusional State, ContusionAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Somnambulism, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9830087
Osteomyelitis, Cerebrovascular Accident, Syncope, Cataract, Visual Impairment, Nasopharyngitis, Nasopharyngitis
This Osteomyelitis side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 62-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: pain management,psoriatic arthropathy,pain in extremity.The patient was prescribed Ambien (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on 2007. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Infliximab
  • Fentanyl
  • Enbrel
  • Humira
  • Oxycodone
  • Effexor
  • Amitriptyline
.After starting to take Ambien the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Osteomyelitis, Cerebrovascular Accident, Syncope, Cataract, Visual Impairment, Nasopharyngitis, NasopharyngitisThese side effects may potentially be related to Ambien. The patient was hospitalized.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9820969
Stupor, Gait Disturbance, Thinking Abnormal, Overdose
This is a report of a 54-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: terminal insomnia, who was treated with Ambien (dosage: 1 Pill At Night As Needed Taken By Mouth, start time:
Aug 01, 2013), combined with:
  • Benadryl (12.5 Mg As Needed Taken By Mouth)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Stupor, Gait Disturbance, Thinking Abnormal, Overdose after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Ambien treatment in male patients, resulting in Stupor side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9818685
Product Substitution Issue, Insomnia
This report suggests a potential Ambien Product Substitution Issue side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 53-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Ambien (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Ambien the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Product Substitution Issue, InsomniaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Ambien demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Product Substitution Issue, may still occur.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9803482
Toxicity To Various Agents
This Toxicity To Various Agents problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 40-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Ambien (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Ambien, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Toxicity To Various AgentsAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Toxicity To Various Agents, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9785498
Confusional State, Somnambulism, Memory Impairment, Somnambulism
This Confusional State side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 53-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder.The patient was prescribed Ambien (drug dosage: 1 Pill), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Creator
  • Edarbu
  • Aspirin
.After starting to take Ambien the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Confusional State, Somnambulism, Memory Impairment, SomnambulismThese side effects may potentially be related to Ambien.
Ambien Side Effect Report#9774619
Nausea, Malaise, Dehydration, Hallucination, Hallucination, Visual, Paranoia, Initial Insomnia, Visual Impairment
This is a report of a 92-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: sleep disorder, who was treated with Ambien (dosage: 1 Tablet Qhs On M,w, F Oral, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Remeron
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Nausea, Malaise, Dehydration, Hallucination, Hallucination, Visual, Paranoia, Initial Insomnia, Visual Impairment after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Ambien treatment in female patients, resulting in Nausea side effect. The patient was hospitalized.


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The appearance of Ambien on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

What are common Ambien Side Effects for Women?

Women Side Effects Reports
Amnesia 437
Somnambulism 215
Fall 173
Road Traffic Accident 138
Abnormal Sleep-related Event 135
Abnormal Behaviour 119
Hallucination 96
Impaired Driving Ability 96
Anxiety 92
Loss Of Consciousness 81

What are common Ambien Side Effects for Men?

Men Side Effects Reports
Amnesia 213
Somnambulism 156
Road Traffic Accident 135
Abnormal Behaviour 98
Impaired Driving Ability 95
Confusional State 81
Fall 60
Abnormal Sleep-related Event 54
Hallucination 50
Depression 44

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    Ambien Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC 0024-5401
    Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary Name Ambien
    Name zolpidem tartrate
    Dosage Form TABLET, FILM COATED
    Route ORAL
    On market since 19930401
    Labeler sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC
    Active Ingredient(s) ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE
    Strength(s) 5
    Unit(s) mg/1
    Pharma Class gamma-Aminobutyric Acid-ergic Agonist [EPC],GABA A Agonists [MoA],Pyridines [Chemical/Ingredient],Ce

    Ambien Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 2408

    Ambien safety alerts: 2007

    Reported deaths: 178

    Reported hospitalizations: 665

    Ambien (zolpidem tartrate)

    Audience: Consumers, healthcare professionals

    [Posted 02/16/2007] FDA informed consumers and healthcare professionals regarding the possible dangers of buying prescription medications online. Individuals who ordered Ambien, Xanax, Lexapro, and Ativan over the internet received a product that contained haloperidol, a powerful anti-psychotic drug. Several consumers experienced difficulty in breathing, muscle spasms and muscle stiffness after ingesting the suspect product and had to seek emergency medical treatment. Haloperiodol can cause muscle stiffness, spasms, agitation and sedation. Taking medication that contains an active ingredient other than what is prescribed by qualified healthcare professionals is generally unsafe. FDA urges consumers to review the FDA website for additional information prior to making purchases of medications over the internet.

    [February 16, 2007 - News Release - FDA]

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