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Review: could Ambien cause Irritability?

Summary: Irritability could be caused by Ambien, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Oxycontin, and have Depression.

We study 42,968 people who have side effects while taking Ambien from FDA and social media. Among them, 470 have Irritability. Find out below who they are, when they have Irritability and more.

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Ambien

Ambien (latest outcomes from 46,563 users) has active ingredients of zolpidem tartrate. It is often used in insomnia.

Irritability

Irritability (latest reports from 145,457 patients) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, stress and anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 42,832 people reported to have side effects when taking Ambien. Among them, 470 people (1.10%) have Irritability. They amount to 0.32% of all the 145,273 people who have Irritability on eHealthMe.

Trend of Irritability in Ambien reports

Time on Ambien when people have Irritability * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Irritability11.63%32.56%4.65%16.28%11.63%23.26%0.00%

Gender of people who have Irritability when taking Ambien * :

FemaleMale
Irritability54.94%45.06%

Age of people who have Irritability when taking Ambien * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Irritability0.00%0.00%1.85%7.39%16.17%46.19%14.78%13.63%

Severity of Irritability when taking Ambien ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Irritability0.00%42.11%36.84%21.05%

How people recovered from Irritability ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Irritability50.00%0.00%50.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (105 people, 22.34%)
  2. Pain (92 people, 19.57%)
  3. Insomnia (88 people, 18.72%)
  4. Anxiety (62 people, 13.19%)
  5. Sleep disorder (42 people, 8.94%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Oxycontin (128 people, 27.23%)
  2. Xanax (104 people, 22.13%)
  3. Lortab (80 people, 17.02%)
  4. Paxil (75 people, 15.96%)
  5. Celebrex (68 people, 14.47%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (6 months ago):

  • I was on 5mg and never had symptoms. I have a past history of grand mal but have been med free for over 18 yrs, but had a few orris. This past month my doctor up the dose to 10mg and I did not understand why or what was going on, I did not associate the two. But a friend witnessed a seizure three nights ago. I remember nothing at all. I have pancreatic pain and joint RA and OA. I get so painful from not moving every hour I am up walking and awake. I did without the ambien twice in 5 months for 15 days. I can just stop, and I tried Benadryl it dries me out. I AM GOING TO A NEUROLOGIST but I have a feeling predisposition is a factor on 10 mg. what do you think?

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Tim J on Jul, 10, 2011:

    I took this drug and it killed 40 percent of my achilles tendon.

    Reply

    George P on May, 7, 2012:

    I developed torticollis soon after starting abilify. At the same time, I developed pain in my left side. An MRI revealed 4 ruptured disks in my spine, a known cause of torticollis.

    Conclusion: I have no idea (neither, it seems, do the doctors). But I found abilify very effective for its purpose.

    Reply

  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • I started taking the Junel FE 1/20 around the first of May to stop my menstrual cycles and severe cramping. I have never taken any sort of hormone/birth control pills before. First month had extremely painful cycle and stayed on the active pills. 15 days later and continuing - everyday around 3pm till about 8pm I have moderate cramping and bleeding. I am wondering if the medications are causing this reaction or is this normal getting started on birth control pills?

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