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Review: could Ambien cause Closed angle glaucoma (Glaucoma)?

Summary: Closed angle glaucoma is found among people who take Ambien, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take medication Zometa, and have Pain.

We study 43,157 people who have side effects while taking Ambien from FDA and social media. Among them, 145 have Closed angle glaucoma. Find out below who they are, when they have Closed angle glaucoma and more.

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Ambien has active ingredients of zolpidem tartrate. It is often used in insomnia. (latest outcomes from 46,777 Ambien users)

Closed angle glaucoma

Closed angle glaucoma (pressure inside your eye rises quickly) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, depression. (latest reports from 17,663 Closed angle glaucoma patients)

On Mar, 29, 2015: 43,157 people reported to have side effects when taking Ambien. Among them, 145 people (0.34%) have Closed Angle Glaucoma.

Trend of Closed angle glaucoma in Ambien reports

Time on Ambien when people have Closed angle glaucoma * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Closed angle glaucoma0.00%0.00%0.00%28.57%0.00%71.43%0.00%

Gender of people who have Closed angle glaucoma when taking Ambien * :

Closed angle glaucoma52.87%47.13%

Age of people who have Closed angle glaucoma when taking Ambien * :

Closed angle glaucoma0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.74%8.15%28.89%62.22%

Severity of Closed angle glaucoma when taking Ambien ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Closed angle glaucoma50.00%50.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Closed angle glaucoma ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Closed angle glaucoma0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (44 people, 30.34%)
  2. Multiple myeloma (42 people, 28.97%)
  3. Depression (20 people, 13.79%)
  4. Osteoporosis (16 people, 11.03%)
  5. Insomnia (14 people, 9.66%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (82 people, 56.55%)
  2. Oxycontin (72 people, 49.66%)
  3. Neurontin (67 people, 46.21%)
  4. Aredia (67 people, 46.21%)
  5. Prednisone (63 people, 43.45%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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