Ambien is a prescription medication used in the treatment of insomnia (sleeping difficulty) 1. Ambien is dispensed in tablet form to be taken orally before bedtime to help you fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night 1. Some Ambien side effects can be life-threatening, while others, such as sexual side effects, can be unpleasant 1.

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If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Effects Overview

Side effects of Ambien range from mild to severe 1. It is very important that you talk with your doctor about all side effects you experience as a result of using Ambien 1. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience a severe side effect as a result of taking Ambien 1. If you are experiencing a mild to moderate side effect, such as a decreased sex drive, talk with your physician, as he may need to adjust your dosage or recommend alternative treatment.

Lack of Sexual Inhibition

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Ambien side effects may be associated with a feeling of recklessness or lack of inhibition 1. Lack of inhibition may cause the Ambien user to feel sexually restless, or lead the user into performing reckless sexual acts, or to become more sexually aggressive than normal 1. These behaviors need to be discussed with your physician as soon as possible.

Other Sexual Side Effects

Because Ambien is a sedative, it may be associated with a waning sexual desire or inability to perform 1. If Ambien is taken before sexual activity begins, Ambien users may fall asleep suddenly during intercourse 1. Ambien users may also experience a lack of sexual desire, impotence or inability to achieve climax 1. Talk to your doctor about any side effects you are experiencing as a result of Ambien 1.

Severe Side Effects

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Severe side effects are life-threatening, and require immediate emergency medical attention. Life-threatening reactions to Ambien include a skin rash or breaking out in hives, swelling of the face (such as swelling of the jaw, neck, tongue or lips), or difficulty breathing 1. Do not wait to call your doctor--go to the hospital to get help right away.

Serious Side Effects

Some Ambien side effects are serious and require medical attention 1. These effects include feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety or feeling aggressive, agitated or feeling confused. If you experience any of these reactions, call your doctor right away.