My husband has been on ambien for years but only recently started having side effects. Getting up at night, doing things on the phone in his sleep, turning on tv. But the other night he took his pill as usual and then he just couldn't move or speak? This only lasted a few minutes. I was right in his face asking if he was ok. He was swaying like he couldn't keep himself up. He finally came too enough to make it to the bed. I sat with him to make sure he was ok. Later had no recollection of this. It was scarey. Was this just ambien amnesia? Why couldn't he respond? Other meds don't help much but I think the ambien needs to go.
What in earth happened here? Ambien?
- 7 Dec 2016 by Nuttymom
- 24 Jul 2017
- ambien, sleep disorders, side effect, sleep, pill, sleep disorder
Added 7 Dec 2016:
For clarification, I know amnesia and "sleep activity" are side effects, but why was he unresponsive? For a few minutes just staring off blankly, unable to move or speak?
That activity during sleep was the major reason why it is a non subsidised medication in AU and cannot be prescribed. People were driving, cooking meals, going shopping while profoundly asleep.
I would put money on it being ambien but obviously seek a doctors advice; after years it will take some getting used to, not taking it that is.
I must state first that I feel your husband needs to see his doctor and review this in depth as soon as possible.
To suddenly develop side effects after taking a medication for several years is deeply concerning. You did not mention in your opening if he has had any other medication or health changes before this started, if he takes ambien daily or as needed.
If there has been a medication change or addition there could be some interaction that is increasing the effect of the ambien or the plasma concentration. If not there could be a newly developed health issue this is a first symptom of.
This sounds a bit like some kinds of parasomnias to me. When I was a kid, I would get sleep paralysis at least once a month. It is really weird, comes on right as you fall asleep, and you can sort of see and hear the room around you but can't move at all, and also, your dreams are mixed up with the goings on in the room at the time. Some people have it with nightmares or strange feelings like they are being abducted, but I never had any of these and definitely had sleep paralysis at least a hundred times that I remember, most when I was a kid but a few occasions as an adult. Maybe your husband fell asleep from the ambien and had something similar?
- Ambien Information for Consumers
- Ambien Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ambien (detailed)
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