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Ambien Injuries and Lawsuit

Have you or a loved one experienced parasomnia, hallucinations, sleepwalking or another serious injury because of taking Ambien? If this is so, the right thing to do is to get in touch with a personal injury attorney for your case to be evaluated. You may have compensation coming to you for your Ambien injury.

What is Ambien?

Ambien is a brand name under which the drug zolpidem is marketed and sold in the United States. Zolpidem is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic drug. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs that are referred to as hypnotics or sedatives. This means that it induces sleep.

Zolpidem shares some of the qualities of a class of sedatives that are known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that bring about muscle relaxation and sedation. They also work to reduce anxiety and act as anti-seizure medications (anti-convulsants).

Ambien has what is known as selectivity in that it does not have much of the anti-seizure and muscle relaxant effects. Instead, Ambien has more of the sedative effect. For this reason, Ambien is used mainly as a sleep aid medication. It aids sleep by affecting chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and result in sleep difficulty (insomnia).

Ambien is sold as a quick-release tablet that helps you to go to sleep when you first lie down. Ambien CR, which is an extended-release form of zolpidem, has two layers. The first layer dissolves rapidly in order to aid you in falling asleep. The second layer of the tablet dissolves slowly so that you can remain asleep.

Zolpidem, Ambien, and FDA approval

Zolpidem was approved under the brand name Ambien in 1992 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the short-term treatment of insomnia, as well as some brain disorders. The French pharmaceutical corporation Sanofi-Aventis was given the patent for the drug. On April 23, 2007, the FDA approved 13 generic versions of zolpidem tartrate.

On January 10, 2013, the FDA issued this statement. "FDA recommends that the bedtime dose be lowered because new data show that blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving."

One of the most serious side effects that has been associated with Ambien is what is known as parasomnia. Parasomnia is a sleep disorder that involves abnormal emotions, dreams, perceptions, behaviors and movements while you are falling asleep, sleeping, between sleep stages or during arousal from sleep. It is like being half asleep and half awake.

Possible Side Effects from taking Ambien

There are other side effects that you may have experienced from taking Ambien. These include:

  • Sleepwalking
  • Addiction
  • Dissociation
  • Amnesia or memory loss
  • Temporary insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Falling asleep while operating heavy machinery
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Depression
  • A feeling like being drugged or daytime sleepiness, which results in a fall or an accident