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Odd Ambien Side Effects

The medication Ambien (Zolpidem) is a non-benzodiazepam agent for relieving anxiety and helping people with insomnia get to sleep. It is often prescribed for people with TBI who suffer from insomnia. Jui-Hsiu Tsaia, a  psychiatrist at Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital in Taiwan, and his colleagues, heard that Ambien can cause sleep-walking and amnesia during sleep-related behaviors. They assembled a group of approximately 250 Taiwanese patients and found that 5% of them showed this odd side effect when taking Ambien for insomnia. If your loved one shows these behaviors on Ambien let his or her doctor know so an informed decision can be made as to whether to continue or discontinue the medication.