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Review: could Ambien cause Sleep apnea?

Summary: Sleep apnea could be caused by Ambien, especially for people who are male, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for 6 - 12 months, also take Cymbalta, and have Adhd.

We study 42,968 people who have side effects while taking Ambien from FDA and social media. Among them, 3 have Sleep apnea. Find out below who they are, when they have Sleep apnea 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.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea (a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing) (latest reports from 592 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, depression, insomnia, gastroesophageal reflux disease.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 42,832 people reported to have side effects when taking Ambien. Among them, 3 people (0.01%) have Sleep Apnea. They amount to 0.52% of all the 581 people who have Sleep Apnea on eHealthMe.

Trend of Sleep apnea in Ambien reports

Time on Ambien when people have Sleep apnea * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Sleep apnea0.00%0.00%33.33%33.33%0.00%0.00%33.33%

Gender of people who have Sleep apnea when taking Ambien * :

FemaleMale
Sleep apnea33.33%66.67%

Age of people who have Sleep apnea when taking Ambien * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Sleep apnea0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%33.33%0.00%33.33%33.33%

Severity of Sleep apnea when taking Ambien ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Sleep apnea0.00%33.33%66.67%0.00%

How people recovered from Sleep apnea ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Sleep apnea0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Adhd (2 people, 66.67%)
  2. Depression (2 people, 66.67%)
  3. Generalised anxiety disorder (1 people, 33.33%)
  4. Chronic insomnia (1 people, 33.33%)
  5. Cervical radiculopathy (1 people, 33.33%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Cymbalta (2 people, 66.67%)
  2. Ambien cr (2 people, 66.67%)
  3. Adderall xr 30 (1 people, 33.33%)
  4. Ativan (1 people, 33.33%)
  5. Hydromorphone hydrochloride (1 people, 33.33%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • 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.

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  • Numbness has occurred on and off for several years. Always in upper left back near shoulder blades. Left hand feels like it may go numb and so leg (this is very subtle though). Exercise, potentially heat and stress induce the numbness feeling. The bladder issues have also gone on several years and have probably led tobthe insomnia. Very anxious person but find peace with exercise. I also have high heart rate (99) and I exercise every day. Also consume caffeine.

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