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Review: could Ambien cause Shortness of breath (Breathing difficulty)?

Summary: Shortness of breath 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 Zometa, and have Pain.

We study 43,157 people who have side effects while taking Ambien from FDA and social media. Among them, 3,243 have Shortness of breath. Find out below who they are, when they have Shortness of breath 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)

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath has been reported by people with high blood pressure, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (latest reports from 165,466 Shortness of breath patients)

On Mar, 30, 2015: 43,157 people reported to have side effects when taking Ambien. Among them, 3,243 people (7.51%) have Shortness Of Breath.

Trend of Shortness of breath in Ambien reports

Time on Ambien when people have Shortness of breath * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Shortness of breath35.00%26.67%0.83%9.17%11.67%14.17%2.50%

Gender of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Ambien * :

Shortness of breath64.76%35.24%

Age of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Ambien * :

Shortness of breath0.10%0.03%0.48%3.54%10.05%19.37%26.22%40.19%

Severity of Shortness of breath when taking Ambien ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Shortness of breath4.35%60.87%30.43%4.35%

How people recovered from Shortness of breath ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Shortness of breath0.00%11.11%88.89%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (455 people, 14.03%)
  2. Insomnia (315 people, 9.71%)
  3. Depression (289 people, 8.91%)
  4. Anxiety (256 people, 7.89%)
  5. Sleep disorder (227 people, 7.00%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (774 people, 23.87%)
  2. Aspirin (712 people, 21.95%)
  3. Nexium (614 people, 18.93%)
  4. Lasix (608 people, 18.75%)
  5. Neurontin (598 people, 18.44%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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