Many people use sleeping medications to help them for whatever reason they may have to sleep, things like valium and nembutal were used but these can cause oversedation, daytime drowsiness and also addiction so in the 90’s Ambien was created to offer benefits of other hypnotic drugs but without the severe side effects. Since then Ambien has now become the 15th top used sleeping aid for people who have got a prescription to help with sleep. Although when it was introduced to the world it was a a safer shorter term aid for sleeping which had the reduced risks of the narcotic sedatives, however now that it has been in circulation for over 20 years we have now had the time to study Ambien and now they have uncovered more serious side effects linked with Ambien.

If you are thinking of taking Ambien or know someone struggling with it then hopefully, this guide will give you the details you need to understand it more and make a more informed decision on getting involved with Ambien.

What are the physical side effects of Ambien?

If you are taking Ambien as directed then this will have a calming effect on the activity of the brain and the nerves so it makes it easier for you to fall asleep. While this is happening Ambien can also be causing serious side effects on your respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and sensory systems, some of these effects include:

  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pinpointed pupils
  • Respiratory depression
  • Abdominal pains
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle cramping
  • Skin rashes
  • Abnormal body movements (Twitches)
  • Double vision

You could also have an allergic reaction to Ambien this would show as swelling around the face lips and throat and shortness of breath, make sure you get emergency treatment should this occur.

Impacts on your brain

Because Ambien is designed to have an impact on your central nervous system this can impact your brain and people have suffered with negative impacts on their cognitive or psychological functions these include:

  • Loss of memory
  • Lack of concentration
  • Disorientation
  • Feeling less of emotions
  • Loss of pleasures
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Disturbed while sleeping, such as sleep walking etc. and nightmares

Also if not taken correctly as advised then the Ambien can remain in your system come the morning this can lead to it impacting you during the day as well as while sleeping. Therefore if you are taking Ambien you need to be careful with doses as you could be driving or functioning at work while still under its influence.

If you choose to take Ambien recreationally and for non medical reasons then you will experience more adverse side effects that are listed above and also additional aggression, hallucinations and impaired judgement. 

If you are thinking of taking Ambien or you are worried about someone who is then hopefully, this guide will give you an idea of the issues this medication can cause and why it should not be abused and the decision to use it should not be taken lightly.