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Review: could Ambien cause Closed angle glaucoma?

Summary: Closed angle glaucoma could be caused by Ambien, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take Zometa, and have Pain.

We study 42,968 people who have side effects while taking Ambien from FDA and social media. Among them, 149 have Closed angle glaucoma. Find out below who they are, when they have Closed angle glaucoma and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 42,832 people reported to have side effects when taking Ambien. Among them, 144 people (0.34%) have Closed Angle Glaucoma. They amount to 0.23% of all the 63,530 people who have Closed Angle Glaucoma on eHealthMe.

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%16.67%0.00%83.33%0.00%

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

Closed angle glaucoma52.56%47.44%

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

Closed angle glaucoma0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.75%8.21%28.36%62.69%

Severity of Closed angle glaucoma when taking Ambien ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Closed angle glaucoma0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Closed angle glaucoma ** :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (44 people, 30.56%)
  2. Multiple myeloma (42 people, 29.17%)
  3. Depression (20 people, 13.89%)
  4. Osteoporosis (16 people, 11.11%)
  5. Insomnia (14 people, 9.72%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (82 people, 56.94%)
  2. Oxycontin (72 people, 50.00%)
  3. Aredia (67 people, 46.53%)
  4. Neurontin (67 people, 46.53%)
  5. Prednisone (63 people, 43.75%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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