Ambien Interactions with Other Medications, Possible Consequences and Side Effects

Ambien side effects

Following the prescription, safety recommendations and general directions may guarantee a fully safe and effective Ambien treatment course. Even minor changes in the medication adjustments may trigger certain side effects and adverse reactions. The proper Ambien dose is prescribed in accordance with the severity of the condition, other health issues, medications taken and other factors. Thus, a patient may need a reduced Ambien dose once he/she takes other treatments that can slow down breathing and promote sleepiness. Tell your healthcare provider about other prescription and non-prescription drugs, pharmaceutical supplements, herbal products and treatments you are taking to avoid negative interactions.

Ambien should not be combined with certain medications, including the following:

  • Muscle relaxants;
  • Anxiety treatments;
  • Seizure medications;
  • Flu and cold drugs;
  • Pain relievers;
  • Antidepressants, such as Sertraline, Zoloft, Tofranil and Imipramine;
  • Antifungal remedies, such as Ketoconazole or Itraconazole;
  • Chlorpromazine;
  • Rifampin;
  • Antipsychotics;
  • Tranquilizers;
  • Sleeping medications;
  • Sedatives, etc.

This is not a full list of drugs that interact with Ambien. Warn your physician about other remedies, not mentioned in the list. Be careful, otherwise, you may get serious side effects and complications. Ambien (Zolpidem) can cause allergic reactions with the following symptoms: swelling of the face, throat and tongue, hives, problems breathing, itching, vomiting, nausea and others. Stop the medication administration and seek immediate medical help if you have noticed any of the downsides. Besides, stop taking Ambien if you have got:

  • Difficulties swallowing and breathing;
  • Uneven heartbeat, angina;
  • Feeling as if you may pass out and others.

Call your physician immediately if common side effects aggravate or trigger more serious abnormalities, such as:

  • Hallucinations, confusion, aggression, anxiety, agitation, suicidal thoughts, sudden mood changes, strange behavior;
  • Memory problems or memory loss;
  • Daytime sleepiness;
  • Tickling or burning of the tongue.

The most common Ambien reactions include:

  • Dry or stuffy nose;
  • Coordination problems;
  • Drowsiness or dizziness;
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other stomach disorders;
  • Fatigue, headache, etc.