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Discussion forum about the side effects of Ambien. Share your experience and opinion about Ambien. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Sleep eating and worse
Date: 3/15/2013
I have taken zolpiden for a while now ( It's stilnoct in UK ) At times I wake up and find cereal bowls in the bedroom, chocolate wrappers on worktops and half eaten fruit in the fridge ! ie sleep eating. I have bought unwanted things online via ebay and no recollection of these in the morning. I tried attaching things to the bedroom door to drop and wake me up to no avail. They are back in situ when I wake up together with evidence of my night time exploits !! Another drug Zopiclone has the same effect.
Mac ( UK )

Ambien and Dilantin
Date: 3/19/2013
Tried ambien last night again for the second time cause I just wanted to get in a good nights sleep. And my husband let me know I was purple last night making weird noises and smacking my lips. He said if He wasn't there I would have suffocated for sure. He said he was talking to me and tried giving me water. I have no memory of this. Feel okay so far this morning a lil slow and have blurry vision. But realized this is exactly why I didn't take it again or have my prescription refilled a year ago. I also take Dilantin. I read on it last night and didn't see the warnings of interactions. But everyones different. My brain could not take the two together and I will Never take Ambien and Dilantin again!!!

AskDocWeb: There is a moderately serious drug interaction possible when using these two drug together. Using Dilantin (phenytoin) together with Ambien (zolpidem) may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment.

Note for Sammy: Your post about drug testing was moved to the forum about False Positives.

Night eating has stopped!
Date: 4/10/2006
Omg the night eating caused by the ambien 10 mg has added 35 lbs to me the last year. I stopped smoking (after many years) and it, coupled with the ambien, has created a weight gain nightmare for me. It is a vicious cycle - I have always been an insomniac and been taking ambien for 10 years now. It appears that instead of having my evening stress-reliever of deep draws/puffs on a cigar my new "relief" was eating. Omg food smeared On Wall and door when I awaken - I would cringe to wake up and look in the garbage can in the mornings and get a glimpse of what packaging would be there from my barely memorable food binge. I am a forgetful zombie as time marched on.

Apparently effective Jan 1 2013 there are new ambien "Standards" and my doctor cut my 10 mg to 5 mg - i was afraid it would be enough so I took 1 5mg and chopped the other in half - in my mind it brought it down to 7.5. But guess what? THE NIGHT EAGING HAS STOPPED!!! It has only been 5 days but that is a huge chunk of time for me to have stopped. I wi try to gung this board again to update you. Just an FYI on my life and times with ambien. Best wishes to you all!

Using zolpidem (Ambien) with Tramadol (Ultram)
Date: 4/17/2006
Medical background: 44, male, was born a "blue baby" had epilepsy (petite mal) when younger(4-14) migraines (16 to 25ish) depression issues with full body aches pain and fatigue from late teens to present and just recently diagnosed with MDD in 2011. Here my question it's a little complicated.

Awhile back I went to my primary care at the the time for long time issues of insomnia, body aches and pain and feeling depressed. He diagnosed me with Major depressive disorder, which has also been confirmed by my psychologist. Anyways the doctor prescribed me Zolpidem to start to deal with the issues of insomnia and at the same time I went to a specialist to see if I could get help for my severe body pain issues and was prescribed Tramadol 100mg (3x per day). I want know what the adverse effects of each of these are on someone with MDD would be as well as being prescribed at the same time, when tramadol is not suppose to be taken with zolpidem and neither are suppose to be take by anyone with mental health, depression or epilepsy.

I am asking because I took these two medications for approximately 3 months and have a 2 month period of no memory and had some behavioral issues that are not normal happen. Need to find out what these medication can cause to someone on them.

AskDocWeb: The side effects of Ambien are listed here and Tramadol here. Using them together may additively or synergistically increase the side effects on the central nervous system. This also applies to possible respiratory-depressant effects, especially in elderly or debilitated patients. While loss of memory is a rare side effect of Tramadol it can be severe. Combining two drugs that may cause memory issues could dramatically increase that effect.

Zolpidem is sold under the brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Intermezzo, Stilnox, and Sublinox. Tramadol is sold under the brand names Ultram, ConZip, Ultram ER, and Ryzolt.

Missing pills
Date: 5/15/2006
I have been on ambien utilizing ambien for insomnia for a little less than a month. I noticed 14 of the 10 mg missing from my bottle. First concern the pills spilled somewhere or been stolen from my safe. My son pointed out that I might be taking additional pills without knowing. I did not even think that to be a possibility till I read some of these posts. I called my doctor -- the nurse said that she has never heard of any person doing that. But, I don't think any person in my family would steal these pills, because each person could get his own prescription. Nurse sounded as if she felt suspicious. I don't want them to think that I am purposely abusing pills or think that my family is stealing them from me. Hopefully my doctor has worked with folks enough to know that this is true possibility. Weird. Even though I felt like I slept like a hard rock, for 8 + hours, I will discontinue for safety reasons.

Why does Ambien not work the same every night?
Date: 6/16/2006
I've been taking ambien on and off for many years. I never had any personal side effects, except I've noticed that some nights it works and others it does nothing. why is this drug not working the same every night?

AskDocWeb: Let's start by pointing out that Ambien is intended for short term use, usually 7 to 10 days. Using it long term puts you into unknown territory and you take on the role of a long term test subject or guinea pig. You may want to report your inconsistent results to the FDA's MedWatch program.

Short term changes in your physiology, diet, exercise, stressors and stress management can affect how your body responds to a medication. If your stress level goes up or your ability to cope goes down, as for example eating an inadequate diet, you may find it difficult to get a good night's sleep.

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