These are the actual side effects of Ambien

Ambien is one of the top 20 drugs prescribed in America. You probably know it as a sleeping pill, but it's more accurately classified as a sedative-hypnotic, and doesn't actually induce natural sleep. True sleep stems largely from the thalamus, a brain region that puts out signals to trigger unconsciousness, whereas Ambien mostly acts on your cortex to block neurons from firing. It's not even the first line of treatment for insomnia—cognitive behavioral therapy works much better because it addresses the underlying causes of the sleep issues, rather than sedating you. In many cases, drugs like Ambien don't work better than a placebo.

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Side effects of Ambien
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Dizziness
 Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Muscle cramps

Diarrhea
Double vision
Trouble breathing
Slowed response times
Impaired judgment
Drowsiness
Memory loss
Disorientation
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Suicidal thoughts
Hallucinations
Confusion
Aggression
Anxiety
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So the so-called sleeping pill is far from a panacea for the sleepless. But should a physician prescribe you Ambien, however, here are the kind of side effectsyou might experience.

Since Ambien does put users in something of an altered state of mind, some blame the drug for inducing behaviors they might get in trouble for later. But abnormal thinking is an incredibly rare side effect of sedatives, and users should seek a physician's advice if they think the drug is making them do things they would never otherwise do.

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Underlying illnesses that can seem like anxiety
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Underlying illnesses that can seem like anxiety
Cardiac Issues

Angina

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Cardiac Issues

Arrhythmias

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Cardiac Issues

Cardiac tamponade

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Cardiac Issues

Congestive heart failure (left-sided)

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Cardiac Issues

Myocardial infraction

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Cardiac Issues

Valvular disease

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Endocrine Conditions

Adrenal dysfunction

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Endocrine Conditions

Carcinoid syndrome

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Endocrine Conditions

Cushing disease

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Diabetes mellitus

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Endocrine conditions

Parathyroid disease (hyperparathyroidism, pseudo-hyperparathyroidism)

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Pancreatic tumors

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Endocrine Conditions

Pheochromocytoma

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Pituitary disease

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Endocrine Conditions

Thyroid disease 

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GI Conditions

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

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GI Conditions

Irritable bowel syndrome

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GI Conditions

Peptic ulcer disease

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Inflammatory Conditions

Polyarteritis nodosa

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Inflammatory Conditions

Rheumatoid arthritis

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Inflammatory Conditions

Systemic lupus erythematosus

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Inflammatory Conditions

Temporal arteritis

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Metabolic Conditions

Hyperkalemia
Hyperthermia
Hypoglycemia
Hypoxia
Porphyria
Substance ingestion/overdose

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Neurological Conditons

Akathisia
Cerebral trauma and/or post-concussive syndrome 
Cerebrovascular disease
Cerebral syphilis
Encephalopathy 
Huntington disease
Mass lesions
Migraines
Multiple scelorosis

Seizure disorders
Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Vertigo

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Respiratory Conditions

Asthma
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Pneumothorax
Pulmonary edema
Pulmonary embolism
Sleep apnea (obstructive/nonobstructive)

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Though you may find yourself rambling on and on to your friends due to lowered inhibitions and lack of judgement, Ambien has not been known to cause hateful feelings toward any particular people. If you're experiencing thoughts like this, please see a therapist.

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