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Review: could Ambien cause Serotonin syndrome?

Summary: Serotonin syndrome could be caused by Ambien, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Cymbalta, and have Depression.

We study 42,968 people who have side effects while taking Ambien from FDA and social media. Among them, 52 have Serotonin syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Serotonin syndrome 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.

Serotonin syndrome

Serotonin syndrome (occurs when two drugs that affect the body's level of serotonin are taken together at the same time) (latest reports from 34,376 patients) has been reported by people with depression, pain, stress and anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorder.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 42,832 people reported to have side effects when taking Ambien. Among them, 52 people (0.12%) have Serotonin Syndrome. They amount to 0.15% of all the 34,365 people who have Serotonin Syndrome on eHealthMe.

Trend of Serotonin syndrome in Ambien reports

Time on Ambien when people have Serotonin syndrome * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Serotonin syndrome25.00%25.00%0.00%25.00%25.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Serotonin syndrome when taking Ambien * :

FemaleMale
Serotonin syndrome74.51%25.49%

Age of people who have Serotonin syndrome when taking Ambien * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Serotonin syndrome0.00%0.00%0.00%10.00%7.50%37.50%27.50%17.50%

Severity of Serotonin syndrome when taking Ambien ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Serotonin syndrome0.00%50.00%0.00%50.00%

How people recovered from Serotonin syndrome ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (14 people, 26.92%)
  2. Insomnia (8 people, 15.38%)
  3. Anxiety (5 people, 9.62%)
  4. Hepatitis c (4 people, 7.69%)
  5. Major depression (3 people, 5.77%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Cymbalta (21 people, 40.38%)
  2. Neurontin (16 people, 30.77%)
  3. Lexapro (11 people, 21.15%)
  4. Paxil (10 people, 19.23%)
  5. Xanax (10 people, 19.23%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (18 hours ago):

  • Worse when lying down though twitch continues all over the body during waking hours too - neck to calves, not facial. Stopped taking Ambien Feb 15th 2014, this started immediately, the following day.

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  • From this study (1 day ago):

  • Went off ambien cold turkey and started on clonidine, went to arthritis Dr and said fibromyalgia and she put me on lyrics 50 Mg 3 times a day but pain is worse. I have to take 10/325 percoset that only helps a little.

    Reply

  • From this study (6 days ago):

  • Recently Dxd w/ toxic multinodular goiter/hyperthyroidism. Fibromyalgia for 20+ years. Had to titrate off Savella 100 mg. BID due to hyperthyroidism. Now all above symptoms have worsened. Because thyroid blood work was in normal range ( although I had been on low iodine diet for 2 months, which should keep in normal range) endocrinologist said see me in six months! No instructions, no explanations. Can't find much about Plummer's online! Had bad reaction during uptake scan & ER said due to RAI. If levels had been high on blood work following scan results, Dr wanted to do RAI Ablation. I am a.) Afraid of worse reaction; b.) Ablation not working, having to be repeated; c.) Ultimately having to have thyroid removed surgically.
    I need to know my options! What should I be doing now? Anger and aggression, plus crying all the time are taking over my life. Savella was like a miracle drug for my fibromyalgia, but since it was an SNRI I am wondering how much of my problems is from stopping that. I did titrate off professionally, but had been on it over 3 years. Also wondering if it, hyperthyroidism or both are reason I am on four bp meds as cardiologist says heart is healthy. No history of stroke or seizures.
    Is there anyone out there who can give me direction? Every day is worse. Also having injections in c- spine to determine if neurological surgery w/ help w/ spinal cord compression. First was done Monday.
    Eyes also not focusing! Fibromyalgia or hyperthyroidism? Dr says I have 20/20 in each eye individually & field vision test okay. Still can't see TV or anything up close such as cosmetic needs for face! Nothing helps close vision. Glasses will help distance clear enough for now.

    Reply

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