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AMBIEN Side Effects

What are the possible Ambien side effects?

All sleep medicines such as AMBIEN have side effects. The most common AMBIEN side effects include:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Difficulty with coordination
The most commonly observed side effects in controlled clinical trials of AMBIEN were drowsiness (2%), dizziness (1%), and diarrhea (1%).

You can best avoid experiencing daytime drowsiness by taking the lowest dose possible that will still help you sleep at night. Talk to your doctor to find the dose that's best for you.

A problem that may occur when sleep medicines are stopped is known as "rebound insomnia." wherein a person may have more trouble sleeping the first few nights after the medicine is discontinued than before starting the medicine. This problem usually disappears after 1 or 2 nights.

AMBIEN is habit forming. If you have taken AMBIEN continuously for several weeks, discontinuing this medication abruptly can cause withdrawal effects. Talk to your doctor about the safe and proper use of AMBIEN, or if you experience any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.