I have been taking this steady for about 6 months and think this is the cause of my steady weight gain. Nothing else has changed so I figure it is the medication.
While taking Ambien, statistically noticeable number of patients can experience a side effect where shortly after taking Ambien and before falling a sleep, the individual may do things that they do not later recall doing. This specifically includes eating meals before sleep and not remembering eating them. If you take ambien regularly, it is possible that this could be taking place at least on some nights and this might be, unbeknownst to you, increasing your over all caloric intake which subsequently leads to the weight gain.
The interesting thing is that while the ambien taking patients do not recall doing anything, other observers watching such patient will not see anything unusual about their actions as those patients on Ambien act absolutely normal and are coherent and do not appear impaired. You might be eating and even cleaning up the dishes after-yourself and unless you focus on this possibility with more scrutiny, you might never know this is taking place.
This is exactly what happened to me... I have never gained weight in my life,
and suddenly i have gained 10 pounds! This is a lot because I am very petite 5'4 and have been a size 2 since high school. I am long out of college. With nothing changed at all... this had to be the cause. I am also retaining water in my legs! Not a lot... but enough to have me googling this. Thankyou for a little confirmation. I felt compelled to let you know as well. This weight gain was so sudden I was alarmed! My clothes don't fit and it became apparent after 3 months... it's 6 now and I am miserable.
Yes, I'm 60 and every night I take it I gain about .2-.6 of a pound.
I've read it's a side effect, hate it but love the sleep.
My friend told me to start using the pink Benadryl at bed time instead. Helps me fall asleep but gives me weird dreams sometimes.
I also have gained 10 pounds with no changes is eating habits. I work in retail and am active on days of but can not seem to lose the weight Been taking Ambient 5mg for about a year when the weight gain started.
Yes, same here. Began taking ambien nightly 4 months ago and gained ten pounds over the first month. I am at my highest weight ever and went from 27 waist jeans to 30. Tried Weight Watchers with no success. I need to sleep so have to choose btwn weight gain and sleeplessness I guess. Sucks,
Ok i just started today just to gain weight will u think it will work
It absolutely does. I took it every night for 3 years and went from 140 to 197 pounds in that span of time. With me, I would take it, wake up around 2am, devour whatever was available (I even cooked pasta without sauce and ate it) and vaguely remembering that I did this. Plus, I couldn't stop eating throughout the day, too. I also had zero energy to workout. Of course I was in denial because I grew dependent on it, using the "maybe it's menopause" excuse (I'm 49), but I had to face facts and stop taking it. About 4 months ago, I was closing in on 200 pounds and quit. I replaced it with 2 AdvilPM's and the weight is slowing coming off and my energy is back
I have been taking Zolpidem for about 5 years now. Yes, I did gain weight on it and still do. This drug also increases appetite quite a bit so I m sure that s the reason.
I have been taking ambien for about 1 year now and have gained about 12 lbs. I have tried everything to lose the weight but nothing works. I don't get up and eat or anything like that. I think it causes you body to store whatever calories it has in it as fat once you take it. I will stop taking it and see if my weight drops.
I've been taking it for over three, maybe four years and I noticed I'm 10 to 20 lbs heavier, I never knew this medication can cause weight gain . For those people that stopped taking it, please let me know how fast the gained weight came off. I hope I can loose this added weight. Thanks
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