Ambien Side Effects

Ambien is a sleeping pill. Ambien is somewhat different from the other medicines used to treat insomnia. Ambien is not a benzodiazepine, but like benzodiazepines Ambien is a controlled substance. Ambien slows down the brain's ability to function normally. Ambien focuses on treating insomnia and does not have an effect on muscle relaxation.

Ambien side effects include but are not limited to:

  • abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, abnormal vision, agitation, amnesia, anxiety, arthritis
  • back pain, bronchitis, burning sensation
  • chest pain, confusion, constipation, coughing
  • daytime sleeping, decreased mental alertness, depression, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating, difficulty swallowing, diminished sensitivity to touch, dizziness on standing, double vision, dry mouth
  • emotional instability, exaggerated feeling of well-being, eye irritation
  • falling, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms
  • gas, general discomfort
  • hallucination, hiccup, high blood pressure, high blood sugar
  • increased sweating, infection, insomnia, itching
  • joint pain
  • lack of bladder control, lack of coordination, lethargy, light-headedness, loss of appetite
  • menstrual disorder, migraine, muscle pain
  • nasal inflammation, nervousness, numbness
  • paleness, prickling or tingling sensation
  • rapid heartbeat, rash, ringing in the ears
  • sinus inflammation, sleep disorder, speech difficulties, swelling due to fluid retention
  • taste abnormalities, throat inflammation, throbbing heartbeat, tremor
  • unconsciousness, upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection
  • vertigo, vomiting
  • weakness

Ambien side effects that rare include but are not limited to:

  • abnormal tears or tearing, abscess, acne, aggravation of allergies, aggravation of high blood pressure, aggression, allergic reaction, altered production of saliva, anemia
  • belching, blisters, blood clot in lung, boils, breast pain, breast problems, breast tumors, bruising
  • chill with high temperature followed by heat and perspiration
  • decreased sex drive, delusion, difficulty urinating
  • excessive urine production, eye pain, facial swelling due to fluid retention
  • fainting, false perceptions, feeling intoxicated, feeling strange, flushing, frequent urination
  • glaucoma, gout
  • heart attack, hemorrhoids, herpes infection, high cholesterol, hives, hot flashes
  • impotence, inability to urinate, increased appetite, increased tolerance to the drug, intestinal blockage, irregular heartbeat
  • joint degeneration
  • kidney failure, kidney pain
  • laryngitis, leg cramps, loss of reality, low blood pressure
  • mental deterioration, muscle spasms in arms and legs, muscle weakness
  • nosebleed, pain, painful urination, panic attacks, paralysis, pneumonia, poor circulation
  • rectal bleeding, rigidity
  • sciatica (lower back pain), sensation of seeing flashes of lights or sparks, sensitivity to light, sleepwalking, speech difficulties, swelling of the eye
  • thinking abnormalities, thirst, tooth decay
  • uncontrolled leg movements, urge to go to the bathroom
  • varicose veins
  • weight loss
  • yawning


  • Drug Facts
  • Sleeping pills, such as Ambien can and do become addictive. In addition, your body developing a tolerance after the first couple of weeks.
  • Deaths from other common causes such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke were also increased among sleeping pill users.
  • Then usage of sleeping pills may have shortened the lives of the people taking sleeping pills nightly by several years.
  • It is dangerous to stop taking Ambien abruptly.
  • Ambien is a Schedule IV controlled substance available in 5- and 10-mg tablets.