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Review: could Ambien cause Forgetfulness (Memory loss)?





Summary: Forgetfulness is found among people who take Ambien, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Ambien cr, and have Insomnia.

We study 43,106 people who have side effects while taking Ambien from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,834 have Forgetfulness. Find out below who they are, when they have Forgetfulness and more.

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Ambien

Ambien has active ingredients of zolpidem tartrate. It is often used in insomnia. (latest outcomes from Ambien 46,720 users)

Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, high blood pressure, pain, high blood cholesterol.(latest reports from Forgetfulness 62,110 patients)

On Nov, 25, 2014: 43,096 people reported to have side effects when taking Ambien. Among them, 2,834 people (6.58%) have Forgetfulness.

Trend of Forgetfulness in Ambien reports

Time on Ambien when people have Forgetfulness * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Forgetfulness28.19%20.71%10.16%13.90%14.00%10.74%2.30%

Gender of people who have Forgetfulness when taking Ambien * :

FemaleMale
Forgetfulness61.76%38.24%

Age of people who have Forgetfulness when taking Ambien * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Forgetfulness0.05%0.05%1.11%5.69%15.53%23.93%25.08%28.56%

Severity of Forgetfulness when taking Ambien ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Forgetfulness9.88%50.62%34.57%4.94%

How people recovered from Forgetfulness ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Forgetfulness7.14%0.00%92.86%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Insomnia (1,193 people, 42.10%)
  2. Depression (329 people, 11.61%)
  3. Sleep disorder (328 people, 11.57%)
  4. Pain (290 people, 10.23%)
  5. Anxiety (176 people, 6.21%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Ambien cr (440 people, 15.53%)
  2. Xanax (370 people, 13.06%)
  3. Lexapro (368 people, 12.99%)
  4. Neurontin (314 people, 11.08%)
  5. Aspirin (299 people, 10.55%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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