The drugs that might interact with Ambien mainly include those which also produce sedation, such as:
- cold medications,
- anti-anxiety medications,
- as well as some medications for mental illnesses.
Drugs that also interact with Ambien and do not fall in either of these groups include:
- rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rimactane),
- ketoconazole (Nizoral),
- itraconazole (Sporanox)
- and chlorpromazine (Thorazine).
Alcohol is also known to interact with Ambien and enhance the sedative side effects, as well as some other.
As it is our goal to provide as much info on Ambien, it would be improper of us to avoid talking about side effects that may be caused by this medication and also about the interactions with other medications that you need to be aware of and that you need to avoid at all costs.
We have found out that other websites with information on Ambien are skimpy when it comes with these two aspects of Ambien use, probably out of fear that they will not sell the medication. However, we want you to have the whole picture and not only the good sides.
When we are talking about side effects which might be caused by Ambien, we need to stress that the side effects are not that common.
In fact, most of the people who use Ambien go on to use it for the entire treatment without experiencing any of the possible side effects. If this was not the case, it would not have been approved by the FDA in the first place.
Still, some side effects are still possible and the good news is that the most common ones are also mild ones, such as nausea, blurred vision, diarrhea, muscle pain, constipation, headache, sore throat, forgetfulness, stuffy nose, lack of coordination, feeling drowsy, dizzy, weak or lightheaded the following day.
Severe side effects are extremely infrequent and they almost exclusively occur in cases when the medication is not used properly or when the patient has certain predisposition to feeling these side effects.
These side effects include: personality changes, unusual thoughts, no fear of danger, confusion, risk-taking behavior, hallucinations, restlessness, agitation, decreased inhibitions, thoughts of hurting oneself, aggression, depressed mood, and anxiety.
In case you should experience any of the aforementioned, you have to inform your physician about this at once.