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Ambien Can Cause Indigestion

Many people who have a hard time falling asleep turn to Ambien for help, but they may not realize that their sleeping pill could be causing indigestion.

Q. I have been taking Ambien for about six months. It really helps me get a decent night’s sleep but now I have heartburn.

Can Ambien cause reflux? I hate to take Nexium to counteract indigestion that might be caused by Ambien.

A. Ambien (zolpidem) can cause indigestion or reflux. Here is another reader’s experience:

“Ambien gave me a great night’s sleep after years of wakefulness. The cost was disabling digestive problems: bloating, pain and acid reflux.

“After a year of pain, more than $20,000 in uncomfortable testing and drugs for reflux, I took myself off Ambien. Two doctors had insisted that my digestive woes were not related to Ambien but after three nights of sleeplessness, the digestive problems went away.”

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Ambien can definitely cause GI issues. It’s a known side effect. I’ve been battling gastritis/esophagitis/relux for about 6 weeks now that came on suddenly over the 2017 Christmas holiday season. Stress, ibuprofen and alcohol were also contributing factors but recently noticed that Ambien makes all the symptoms even worse. I’ve been off/on Ambien for many years. Just made the connection today. Bingo.

https://www.drugs.com/sfx/zolpidem-side-effects.html

“Gastrointestinal:
Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, dry mouth, abdominal pain, constipation, dyspepsia, hiccup, nausea, vomiting, gastroenteritis, abdominal discomfort, abdominal tenderness, frequent bowel movements, gastroesophageal reflux disease, flatulence
Rare (less than 0.1%): Altered saliva, increased saliva, tenesmus, enteritis, eructation, esophagospasm, gastritis, hemorrhoids, intestinal obstruction, rectal hemorrhage, tooth caries[Ref]

I to have had been on Ambien for several years and recently got stomach issues. All though the sleep is amazing, it is not worth the stomach issues. I have never been so scared and worried over my stomach, to find out it was all the side affects of Ambien. So done with that medication. Thanks to everyone with stories, really helped me solve the issues. Glad I didn’t spend the co pay for the scope…

My mom is 55 years old and she developed acute gastric pain after a mothers day brunch. When it did not improve after two weeks of over the counter antacids we took her to a GI specialist who did EGD/Colonoscopy which revealed gastric/duodenitis and H. Pylori. She finished two course of antibiotics with PPI but to minimal relief. We sought another GI who did more testing ie: CT scan, ultrasound, HIDA scan, MRI/A and swallow studies which were all negative. In the meantime her indigestion was worsening and she had lost 15 lbs because all foods irritated her stomach. She was on maximum doses of dexilant and carafate but NO relief. It has been 5 months and drs still have not been able to figure out what is causing her horrible abdominal pain and she has lost 20 lbs. She does have moderate anxiety and has been taking Lexapro and ambien for many years. I suggested for her to stop the ambien and see if her symptoms improve but it is very difficult for her to stop it. She has significantly modified her diet but she still has horrible pain where she stays in bed due to epigastric pain.

I am 61 with no prior history of gastritis or stomach problems, then suddenly developed acid reflux and severe stomach pain that, in retrospect, coincided with taking generic Ambien (Zolpidem) daily over about four months as prescribed by a sleep specialist.

Initially, none of my doctors identified Ambien as a prospective culprit; I went through an EGD, colonoscopy, CT scan and saw two GI specialists. (The EGD confirmed gastritis/duodenitis/esophegitis.) I was placed on heavy regimens of omeprazole (antacid) and carafate (protects stomach lining) that have given me zero relief. My current GI doctor said the next step would be “more exotic testing” and scheduled me for yet another appointment. Finally, during a monitoring checkup just days ago, my general practitioner suggested stopping the Ambien after he connected it to the timing of my symptoms.

To me, what seems telltale is being on maximum doses of omeprazole and carafate to no effect, all the while still on Ambien. My GP told me it is rare for someone my age with no prior history of stomach problems to suddenly manifest them with such severity. I suspect the Ambien has caused my gastritis/acid reflux and stopped taking it two nights ago. I am hopeful this solves the problem I was feeling increasingly hopeless about.

I’ve always eaten right and exercised. I like an occasional beer, haven’t had a drop of alcohol in four months. I also like coffee but trying one cup during that span caused severe stomach pain. For those concerned about losing sleep upon quitting Ambien, I recommend vigorous exercise. I went on a one-hour power walk yesterday that certainly seemed to help.

Hi John. I hope this comment gets to you. I am suffering from all the same symptoms that you and the rest have posted. I have been on Zolpedim for 4 years. I was prescribed the 10mg dose. I would stretch out the 30 count dosage to 4 months by breaking the pill in half using only 5 pills a month. And I would make myself get off the drug for up to 2 weeks, just so I wouldn’t get addicted. After 2 years of using this drug in this manner, I started getting side effects which at that time I did not connect it with the Zolpidem. It started with brain fog, lots of belching and fatigued. Another year went by still using this drug in the same manner. Then in March of 2016 the severe gut pains started along with 5 weeks of diarrhea. I did what everyone else has done and went in for this test and that test, all came back normal. All the while I am losing body mass and weight because I can’t eat with out gut pain. The pains have come and gone throughout the past years but now it is a constant!

I have been into Fitness all my life. My career was a self motivated Body Builder, I managed health clubs, GNC stores, Personal Trainer, Fitness and Nutrition Specialist, so taking good care of my body was priority. The doctors have been a waste of my time and money! None have even notice that the only drug I have been on for the past 4 years is the damn Zolpidem. After coming across this article and reading all the comments I knew I had found the culprit! I stopped taking the drug that night! For the next 8 days I went through the withdraws with the 5 day being the worst! I made it through and do believe the drug is out of my system.

It has been 10 days since I stopped taking Zolpidem. My problem now is with the lower gut still inflamed with pain, gas that causes pain, low energy, low appetite, light fevers, and chills. It is getting harder to stay positive! I am wondering if anyone else has experienced gut damage and what they have done to heal it? I don’t know whether to get a Colonoscopy or see a GI or save my non-insurance money and wait it out staying on the nutritional healing regimen I am on? Any advice from you all with be of great help and appreciation! I trust your input more than any doctors at this point!

Ambien has help me sleep at night but the nausea that has developed has scared the heck out of me thinking that I was coming down with a tumor or something. I am now tapering it and still having the nausea. My doctor has me tapering it slowly so it will take 6 weeks to come off of it. I was only taking it for a little more than a month. Is it possible to taper it more rapidly?

I had a similar experience. Ambien caused me all kinds of stomach problems and bad reflux. The reason that I didn’t figure it out sooner was because I did not get the symptoms at the beginning. It seemed to be a cumulative effect. I wasn’t taking the Ambien every day either. I was only taking it a couple of times a week. In addition, when I stopped taking it for a week, I did not get better. The reason was because my stomach lining had become so inflamed from the Ambien, that it needed more time to heal. The reason I know my stomach lining was inflamed was because I had an endoscopy and the doctors told me that my stomach lining was inflamed. To make a long story short, I decided I would lay off the Ambien for a month. After a month, my stomach was totally healed. About a year later, I took an Ambien again. I didn’t have any symptoms at first. But when I took it two days in a row, the symptoms came back. I immediately discontinued the Ambien and after a few days, the symptoms were gone.

Ambien does not affect everyone the same way. There are some people that take it who don’t get stomach problems. I’m not sure why it gives certain people (such as myself) stomach problems. My stomach is normally very good. My stomach is not particularly sensitive. I will usually get a nose or throat infection once a year or so. When I do, I go on antibiotics. I handle the antibiotics fine. They don’t bother my stomach at all. Yet many of my friends get upset stomachs from those same antibiotics. So everyone is different. Anyway, if you do suspect that Ambien may be causing your stomach problems, you need to lay off it for at least a month. It may take your stomach that long to heal. That was the case with me.

Hi Richard. I hope this comment gets to you. I am suffering from all the same symptoms that you and the rest have posted. I have been on Zolpedim for 4 years. I was prescribed the 10mg dose. I would stretch out the 30 count dosage to 4 months by breaking the pill in half using only 5 pills a month. And I would make myself get off the drug for up to 2 weeks, just so I wouldn’t get addicted. After 2 years of using this drug in this manner, I started getting side effects which at that time I did not connect it with the Zolpidem. It started with brain fog, lots of belching and fatigued. Another year went by still using this drug in the same manner. Then in March of 2016 the severe gut pains started along with 5 weeks of diarrhea. I did what everyone else has done and went in for this test and that test, all came back normal. All the while I am losing body mass and weight because I can’t eat with out gut pain. The pains of come and gone throughout the past years but now it is a constant!

I have been into Fitness all my life. My career was a self motivated Body Builder, I managed health clubs, GNC stores, Personal Trainer, Fitness and Nutrition Specialist, so taking good care of my body was priority. The doctors have been a waste of my time and money! None have even notice that the only drug I have been on for the past 4 years is the damn Zolpidem. After coming across this article and reading all the comments I knew I had found the culprit! I stopped taking the drug that night! For the next 8 days I went through the withdraws with the 5 day being the worst! I made it through and do believe the drug is out of my system.

It has been 10 days since I stopped taking Zolpidem. My problem now is with the lower gut still inflamed with pain, gas that cause pain, low energy, low appetite, light fevers, and chills. It is getting harder to stay positive! I am wondering if anyone else has experienced gut damage and what they have done to heal it? I don’t know whether to get a Colonoscopy or see a GI or save my non-insurance money and wait it out staying on the nutritional healing regimen I am on? Any advice from you all with be of great help and appreciation! I trust your input more than any doctors at this point!

I have terrible chest pains. I also take Edluar. I find that the Edluar actually relieves the chest pain. I have been checked by a cardiologist. Thousands of dollars. I have had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. I have GERD and I take Dexilant every day. I take Edluar for insomnia. I know it’s not in my head. I can put the Edluar under my tongue and it actually relieves the chest pain. However, I do believe the chest pain is worse when the Edluar wears off. I feel line I’m in a vicious cycle because stopping the Edluar did not stop the chest pain. HELP. My physician does not seam to believe in my pain.

My husband has had insomnia and poor sleep for a long time-years. My son suggested he take Ambian so he got a prescription for it. He did not take it all the time but did for a at least a couple weeks. Then he started not feeling well. I thought it was due to dental work which was also bothering him and taking longer to heal than it should normally have. Still after over two months he is still bothered by it. However, he has a metallic taste in his mouth and nausea and he is starting to thinkg after reading several places about the effects of Amian to taper according to his doctor’s plan.. He has an appointment to make sure nothing else is wrong with him but it has been concerning not knowing why he has felt so sick. We shall soon find out but he is thinking it is the Ambian and hopes it is nothing else. From all the testamonies I have read hear and other sites, I have to wonder why Ambien was ever approved by the FDA to begin with. It seems it is a very secretly addicting drug that should never have been on the market. I want my son to stop taking it. He says he only takes it once a week. Still doesn’t mean he isn’t addicted.

I am in my early 30’s and have been taking Ambient CR (Zolpidem generic) for several years. My acid reflux is so bad that I thought I had an ulcer which I no longer believe is the case after reading this article and all of your helpful comments. Now I believe it is the ambien causing my stomach and acid reflux symptoms, but because my insomnia issues are so severe (I have been diagnosed with PTSD and sleeping is a terrifying and uncomfortable issue in my life), I am concerned about quitting ambien. Is there anyone who has continued to take it but been able to control the indigestion issues?

I am so happy finding this forum, and a specially the posts about Ambien (Zolpidem). Was prescribed 10mg dose Zolpidem about 3 years ago. I began having chronic pain issues. I wasn’t able to get a good night sleep and wanted to keep Vicodin to a minimum, so I opted for this sleep aid.

Knowing that I’m pretty sensitive to medication, I have cut the 10mg pills into 1/4s, so I have been taking actually 2.5mg for the past 3 years regularly. It always worked and did not have to increase the dose.

It felt wonderful to get a good night’s sleep again, and I felt absolutely no side effects … until about 5 months ago. It started with acid reflux. Never in my life (69 years) have I ever had acid reflux and don’t even know what heartburn feels like. It happened about 3 or 4 times in a month. Then I started to get a bloated stomach with lots of belching, even with an empty stomach right after I woke up, and intestinal problems followed. I never had any stomach problems in my life either. I try to stick to good nutrition, but obviously my first thought was that I was eating something that did not agree with me. Or maybe I got some bacteria or virus.

Independently from this, during the past month I decided to try to get back to natural sleeping. I hate medications, and I only try them when I tried everything else and have no other choice.

Checked on line to see how I could withdraw from Zolpidem. I figured since the dose was so small, I would have no problems not taking it. I took my last dose 5 days ago, and started to have major frontal headaches that would not quit along with all the digestive problems escalating.
Today I woke up with the usual headache and came back to the computer to do some more research on the subject.

Then I found this awesome source! It saved my sanity for sure.
With my head still throbbing from the headache, I decided to cut the 10mg pill into 1/8s. It wasn’t an easy task :) . So now this is actually a 1.25mg dose.

After about 10 min taking this minuscule amount, my headache disappeared.
I’m hoping the stomach problems will follow in time.

So now I’m realizing, that my system wasn’t ready to stop at 2.50 mg yet.
And from the way I feel now with the 1.25 mg dose–I’m quite sleepy–tells me, that I may even have to cut the 1/8th piece in half, and keep with that for a little while until I completely come off of it.

I hope someone will find my story helpful to deal with this extremely strong medication. I know I will never touch it again once I’m off of it. I don’t ever like to end up with more problems than I started out with :)

Best wishes to all.

I’ve been taking Ambien for about 3 years. After reading through many of the recent comments, I am concerned that many people are making a direct association that Ambien “causes” the digestive issues. This may be the case for some, but another possibility is that the Ambien is aggravating an underlying issue such as a peptic ulcer or GERD. I’d think a good indicator that this is happening would be having some relatively mild digestive issues before starting Ambien e.g. occasional – diarrhea, sour stomach, stomach ache, acid reflux, excessive gas and/or belching, etc). If there is an underlying condition, like an ulcer, then maybe Ambien is aggravating it. Treat the underlying issue (have an endoscopy for diagnosis) and you may not have to choose between sleep or stomach pain.

I’m so glad I found this site. Have been on generic ambien 10 mg. for 1 week, have abdominal pain so bad thought of going to ER. Stopping taking this today and see if pain subsides. Only new medication I have been taking. I would rather have insomnia!

I have such pains in my stomach. I been taking Ambien for 5 years to help me get to sleep. Since then, I have been in the hospital 4 times. They say I have Gas Reflux Gerd. I’ve been taking the medication for 3 months, but it’s not helping. The doctor wants to take more tests in a month, its crazy. After reading what others are experiencing, I am stopping tonight. I tried everything. Please comment- help…

2 years of chronic pain and bloating and have stopped this drug and BINGO.. stomach is back to normal! I am so tired of Dr’s not doing their job! I have asked over and over if there is lactose in the drug and all have said NO! I am lactose Intolerant (as most humans are because we lack the cow enzyme lactase). Maybe this drug is high in Lactose and could be why it causes such gut issues. Nonetheless, I have been seeking help for years for debilitating gut issues and all the Dr’s have assured me it was NOT this drug. All I can say is do your own trials and keep sharing your experiences because it might just help someone who is looking for answers.

After taking ambien 12.5 MG for 20 days I started having stomach cramps, bloating, acid reflux, heartburn and nervous feeling. Finally after 4 days of not taking it, I’m feeling better. The doctor that prescribed it didn’t agree with what I said about this side effects.

Same symptoms, my Dr. Said no but had nervous stomach, digestive issues, almost went to emergency room–stopped & so did most of the issues! Tried it a couple of times, went off tried to use again with same reaction. Must not be a common reaction & I have no other reactions to drugs. Hope this helps someone else!

I too started having issues after an injury to my stomach in May, I was certain there wasn’t any reason why one day I could take Ambien no issues and the next I was suffering such bad abdominal pain I couldn’t walk, sit or eat hardly anything.
I spent countless hours in the ER and having all the GI tests done to find that my pyloric valve had swollen up to about the size of a que ball, the only relief I have had was taking myself off the Ambien, I have tested this several times, each time I take one, the next day I am in so much pain I can hardly stand it. Doctors didn’t think this was related, but this is the 3rd time I have tested this.

I am having horrific pains in my gut. I take 5 mg of zolpidem daily. You think this is my problem? I am desperate. I had an endoscope yesterday and no problems with my stomach showed up.
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I started to have burning , reflux, a whole gamut of stomach issues after one month on ambien.. clearly there is a high enough percentage of the population that experiences significant gastro problems that drs should make the connection.. I would rather have restless sleep than be in pain all day… great sleep aid for those who don’t experience this side effect..but I’m steering clear of it

Lucky I found this site as well. Have taken Ambien for a number of years. Usually 1/2 a 5mg. Last year I got switched to Zolpidem and got the ordered filled with 10mg tabs. I usually bite half of one a few nights a week. In the past three months I have developed intolerable GI problems and abdominal pain. Having found these posts I have gone pretty much cold turkey getting off the Zolpidem… GI and Abdominal issues are clearly subsiding. My doc had no idea what was going on. Since I only take Ambien you would think he would have known of this correlation and made some suggestions. I see a GI doc in 2 weeks – we’ll see if he makes the connection.

Hi, CM. I hope this comment gets to you. I am suffering from all the same symptoms that you and the rest have posted. I have been on Zolpedim for 4 years. I was prescribed the 10mg dose. I would stretch out the 30-count dosage to 4 months by breaking the pill in half using only 5 pills a month. And I would make myself get off the drug for up to 2 weeks, just so I wouldn’t get addicted. After 2 years of using this drug in this manner, I started getting side effects which at that time I did not connect with the Zolpidem. It started with brain fog, lots of belching and fatigue.

Another year went by still using this drug in the same manner. Then in March of 2016 the severe gut pains started along with 5 weeks of diarrhea. I did what everyone else has done and went in for this test and that test, all came back normal. All the while I am losing body mass and weight because I can’t eat without gut pain. The pains have come and gone throughout the past years but now it is a constant! I have been into fitness all my life. My career was as a self-motivated Body Builder. I managed health clubs, GNC stores, was a personal trainer, fitness and nutrition specialist, so taking good care of my body was a priority. The doctors have been a waste of my time and money! None have even noticed that the only drug I have been on for the past 4 years is the damn Zolpidem.

After coming across this article and reading all the comments I knew I had found the culprit! I stopped taking the drug that night! For the next 8 days I went through the withdrawals with the 5th day being the worst! I made it through and do believe the drug is out of my system. It has been 10 days since I stopped taking Zolpidem. My problem now is because the lower gut still inflamed I have pain, gas that cause pain, low energy, low appetite, light fevers, and chills. It is getting harder to stay positive! I am wondering if anyone else has experienced gut damage and what they have done to heal it. I don’t know whether to get a Colonoscopy or see a GI or save my non-insurance money and wait it out staying on the nutritional healing regimen I am on? Any advice from you all with be of great help and appreciation! I trust your input more than any doctors at this point!

I had the same problems with Zolpidem. I had never taken them regularly until recently. This past week I had one of the worst stomach aches ever; it actually doubled me over. I had been monitoring my food intake because I suspected that it was something I was eating. It’s the Zolpidem. I am grateful for folks who have shared similar incidents. I thought I was going crazy.

Hi all. I have taken ambien 10mg for about 6 weeks. The first 4 weeks It made me a good night sleep . The past 2 weeks I have had stomach problem. I started to get acid reflux and upper stomach pain. I’m glad I found this blog. I’d rather have sleepless night than getting stomach problem. I’m going to stop using it tonight. I’ll see what happens the next few days.

Well it’s been awhile but the Ambien was certainly the cause of my stomach issues. Got off of it and within days was back to normal……coincidentally melatonin has the same effect, just slightly milder.

Wow – glad I found this. I took a few months off from Ambien because the 60 minutes report regarding its effects on women freaked me out. Instead, I was taking half a Xanax (one milligram). It did the job, but as a benzo, it made me feel drowsy in the mornings – besides that, I didn’t experience other negative side effects with Xanax. The only issue was tolerance/dependence (needing to bump-up the dosage), so I got my script filled for Ambien to get the Xanax out of my system/get rid of the dependence tolerance issues. (I’ve tried klonopin and Ativan – neither of those sat well with me. Restoril gave me horrific nightmares.)
Last night I took a 5mg pill of Ambien. This morning, at first, I was pleasantly surprised to have woken up naturally/on my own after approximately 7 hours, completely alert. With Xanax, I would need to set 2 alarms (one next to the coffee maker) and also had to drink 2 cups of coffee to really wake up. As someone mentioned on this thread, though, exactly 12 hours after having taken it (late this morning), I started to feel really sick to my stomach and looked in the mirror to find I was really pale. I felt debilitated – almost like a full-on migraine attack or effects of food poisoning were starting up (they take me out an entire day).
I took some pepto (all I have bc I normally don’t get stomach problems) and now I am lying in bed doing work on my laptop. I normally have a lot of energy but I feel really worn-out. In hindsight, there have been a few times in the past when I thought I had a stomach bug or food poisoning, but I’m realizing the culprit was probably Ambien. Last night, I did not eat or drink anything unusual – the only change was having taken Ambien.
So, I’m going to stop using it. I Will try other things this weekend (homeopathic or perhaps even Benadryl). I’ll probably go back on Xanax next week as it seems to be the only other med that works as a sleep aid for me.
I know that Lunesta came out with a generic last month, which I will look into – usually, it takes awhile for generics to become available at my HMO’s pharmacy where I can get them affordable. I will also look into getting the generic at Costco/see if they have it b/c it’s a little cheaper than other pharmacies if my HMO doesn’t have it yet.

Hi all. I cannot believe I found this blog. Mysteriously I started to get stomach pain about 4 weeks ago after being on ambien for about 6 weeks. Then two weeks ago I started to get acid reflux. I’m 62 and I have had acid reflux or Gerd or heartburn my whole life. Although I did have several ulcers but that was due to h-pylori or too much ibprophen.
So, last night by chance I reduced my dose of ambient from 5 to 2 mg, then this morning I found this blog. Even reducing 2 mg has made a difference in the stomach pain. But I still have some acid reflux. Ok. I am off this stuff for good. And I hope my stomach muscle that keeps the acid in my stomach will no longer be relaxed from ambien per a few comments above.
Amazing. I cannot believe all the confirming testimonies. Our doctors lives in their own world of how they were trained. So sad that so many suffer because of the formal structure of medical education.

I have read many of these comments connecting Ambien with acid reflux and I am surprised and relieved! Surprised that all my misery with GI problems could be attributed to Ambien. Relieved because I will just go off it and see what happens. I have had such bad stomach pain, reflux and GI issues that I have landed in the hospital ER. I only take 2.5 mg of Ambien so I’m surprised that this small dose is wreaking havoc with my stomach but it very well could. I also take Norvasc, a calcium channel blocker for blood pressure and someone mentioned maybe there is a correlation there with reflux disease.
I find it funny (not really) that we take one medication for something and need to take another to take care of the side effects from the first.
Big Pharma is killing us.

I have been taking Ambien nightly for 10 years. I have had severe acid reflux for the same amount of time. Now. I find out that the ambien may be causing the reflux. I also found out that Prilosec causes weakening of the bones that may cause breakage even to the femur! Trying to get off the prilosec (started weaning one week ago) is killing because the reflux has tripled! Now I will have to stop taking the ambien. I had rather go without sleep for days (which I have) than to have a severe bout of acid reflux. I am so glad that I found this website.

I started taking Ambien about a week ago and started having an extreme bloated feeling, nausea, and complete loss of appetite. I have never had those feelings in my life. I was ready to make an appointment today to go to the Doctor, because I was sure I had something serious and deadly.
I am so relieved to see this site. I still plan to go to the Doctor, but I feel like I have found what is wrong with me. What a relief. I thought I had Cancer. I will stop taking Ambien this evening. Thank God I only took it for a week.
Thank you so much.

A family member is a physician. After telling her that I suffered from severe acid reflux she commented that ambien could be the cause. Apparently ambien relaxes the esophagus, acid is released overnight, and reflux results. Makes sense to me. Good bye ambien!

I am so so happy I found this website. I have been taking ambien for year and noticed acid and the other night I had a terrible stomach pain like a knot in my stomach. I did not take ambien last night. I was hurting so bad I was afraid to take it and believe me after reading these articles I would rather stay awake 48 hours than have the pain I was having and it wasn’t the fist time it’s just this time it hit me hard like a knot and soreness in my stomach.
I am now taking prilosec but after reading I am giving up ambien. I like to thank everyone for posting and I am wondering has anyone taking ambien and about 30 minutes later your sneezing I do it every time I take it and wake up with my throat so dry I have to keep water beside the bed but living in the south you tend to think oh well it’s sinuses but I think it’s the Ambien I will stop tonight.
It will be two nights with out it and I will be back to post If I see a great change again thank each and everyone for posting I was ready to go to Doctor and be put threw I am sure useless testing thanks again everyone.

Life has changed! I’m 65 and in good help, except for this digestive condition. I had hip replacement surgery 1 1/2 yrs ago, after surgery doc recommended Ambien to help me sleep. After a few months of Ambien, I started to develop a strange digestive pattern. Every morning around 10-12 noon I start tremendous belching, become bloated and nausea sets in, I can hardly eat all day, but around 4-7 pm symptoms subside and the evenings I’m fine, this pattern has been going on for 8 months DAILY, very depressing. I’ve sen 4 docs, 2 different GI docs, and an ENT along with my primary care doc. I’ve had an unltra-sound, CAT scan, endoscopy, colonoscopy, nothing! GI doc thought I might have an h. Plylori bacterial infection and placed me on a cocktail of antibiotics, no help. Other GI doc said maybe I had sleep apnea and was taking in air at night. I then wore a sleep apnea mask for 3 weeks, no help. Now the 2 GI docs want me to take a strong antibiotic called Xifaxan, I’m hesitant to take it and it is VERY expensive. Now I’ve read the postings about Ambien! WOW! I can’t wait to see what happens as I quit the Ambien, THANKS to all!!!!!!!!!!!

I have also had years of stomach/GI problems off and on. Coincident with these problems has been my use of generic Ambien, although I never made the connection. I knew of the acid reflux side effect, but I didn’t suffer very much from acid reflux. I suffer from bad gas, bloating, abdominal pains but fairly normal bowel movements. Sometimes I wake up about 4am with strange cycles of abdominal discomfort and cold sweats that last about 15 minutes, then go away.

I also have bad abdominal pains, gas/bloating in the late afternoon. Tried many diets with variable success. Have had ER visits, CT scan, endoscopy, long term prilosec (made my symptoms worse), antidepressants; all with no long term success. My latest GI doctor’s diagnosis is gastritis.

The tests have shown thickening of the stomach wall and ilioselec valve, but no infections or cancer. My Ambien use has been sporadic over the years. Sometime every night for several weeks, then a period of abstinence. So like other posters, I have not made the connection because my GI problems didn’t go away within a few days of no Ambien. Now from my recollection of the last few weeks, it is very likely Ambien use is the culprit! I hope so. I will stop Ambien tonight.

I will never forget this website. It changed my life. To know others who had the same experiences with a drug the doctors believe to be “relatively benign”, but was wreaking havoc with my stomach. The bloating was the worst for me, followed closely by the acid reflux and extreme eructation (burping beyond belief). As long as this site exists, I will return to see others being helped.
It has been almost 3 years since I quit Ambien. I felt better almost immediately as I have said before.
To sleep I turned to melatonin, a regular 15 minute “cool down” yoga routine and a cup of herbal tea before bedtime. I have also learned to quiet my mind when I start worrying that I will not get to sleep, by reassuring myself that I WILL sleep eventually. Sleep will come. My best wishes to everyone.

I am coming up on my two year anniversary of my discovery of this web site and the cause of almost 2 years worth of medical bills for arrhythmia and abdominal pain. I was on prescribed Ambien for 2 plus years and had symptoms for over a year… within 48 hours after stopping Ambien my symptoms disappeared. I have remained symptom free for nearly two years now and would encourage all to spread the word to others. I have “cured” at least one person that was taking Ambien and had developed gastro-intestinal problems. Consistent all night sleep still is a problem but nothing like what I went through. Melatonin (.3mg) still seems to help.

Well, another Ambien story. I was on Ambien for about 6 years. I have terrible RUQ pain, lost 50 lbs, At times can barely sip water. Most of the time I don’t want to eat, knowing my stomach will kill me. Tried Gluten free diet, etc…
I went to 3 different GI’s, Endoscopies, Colonoscopies, Ultrasounds, CT Scans, Bloodwork. All say gastritis, Took Prilosec and Zantac. Nothing really helps.
I started reading these posts and stopped my Ambien, It has been a week now. Pain is starting to go away slowly. I pray that it will all go away. I want my life back!!!!! I love to eat!!!!
I am pissed that my doctor let me take it for so long. I should have never taken it.

I have been taking Ambien for over two years. I will not take it more than once or twice a week because it works so well and I don’t ever want to need or have to rely on it on a nightly basis. As it says on the package, I do not eat within a few hours of taking it. So I was really quite shocked about all of these troubles I am reading here. Are the people who have been taking it for years and having terrible GR, do you take this drug every night to sleep?
I am very sorry for your troubles and pain, but please people, take care of yourselves. No drug is completely harmless. This is not a medicine that should be used nightly, but rather an aid to help regulate your sleep.

Good thing I found this website. I started taking the generic ambien Zolpidem from TEVA and developed excruciating heartburn and stomach pain. I was scared and miserable so I started to figure out what was causing all the discomfort. As a last resort I Googled “Ambien stomach pain”…and up popped this site with all the information.
I’m going to stop using it immediately and I’m going to show the site and the comments to my physician. I started using Zolpidem while traveling to help adjust to different time zones. Not worth it! The stomach pain was incredible… being tired for a few days is a way better trade-off. I almost ended up in the ER one night but stuck it out because of the ridiculous co-pay! The manufacturers need to list this side effect on their literature. I’m also going to show this site to my pharmacist. Thanks thanks thanks everybody! Hope you are all on the mend!

I am so glad to have found this site, and I have read all the posts! I have been on 5 – 10 mg Ambien for 4 years and have all the same symptoms. I never related ambien use and the severe GI symptoms (gerd, L side stomach pain and pressure, gas etc.) I have seen many doctors, had many tests and taken many meds as that what doctors do… treat symptoms rather than find the cause. so while I will definitely get off ambien, I then have to figure out how to solve the sleep problem… suggestions?

I want everyone to know that it can take 3-4 weeks for your stomach to heal and for the symptoms to go away. If you stop taking Ambien for just a week or two, you may still have the symptoms. This is one of the reasons it took me a couple of years to figure out what was causing my symptoms. I didn’t stop taking the Ambien for a long enough period to allow my stomach to heal. When I finally was off Ambien for 3-4 weeks, all my symptoms went away.
I went through hell as a result of that drug. I had about $40,000 in medical bills from all the diagnostic tests and procedures I had. Nobody could figure out what was causing the reflux, stomach bloating, nausea, and other weird symptoms. The endoscopy showed that I had some gastritis, but I wasn’t taking anything that could cause gastritis.
Anyway, this site saved me. After reading the stories here, I stopped taking ambien and I was totally cured in about 3-4 weeks.

Same thing happend to me, it started as stomach pain that got worse and worse by the week and eventually i wound up with crippling stomach pain, hemorrhoids, and a hernia that I believe was all caused by my ambien cr because every time I stopped taking it the symptoms would go away after about 2 days.

I have been using Ambien for years, especially during travel. Multiple visits to the ER in foreign countries with intense gallbladder pain, indigestion and abdominal pain. I was scheduled to have my gallbladder removed twice, although all gallbladder function tests were in the normal range – it was the pain that was sending me through the roof and surgery seemed like the only option. I have been off Ambien for TWO days only and I am beginning to feel so much better. I am curious to learn if anybody else has experienced a correlation between Ambien and gallbladder issues – thank you!

I too, have been on ambien for about 8 months. Almost from the beginning I have had the bloating, pain and discomfort. It got worse and worse leading to many tests by my doctor. Scopes and pipida scans , blood work, ultrasounds all negative, Finally most recently they said my gallbladder needed to be removed. For three weeks post op I didn’t take ambien. Then recently started back on them. Every thing has come back the pain the bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence. I’m as miserable as I was before I lost my gallbladder.
Now after read all of this, I wonder if I gave up a good gallbladder. I also notice when I miss a day or two start to feel great again. I think I’m going to go cold turkey as well. I need the sleep, but I need to feel good awake as well. I hope that some one come up with a cake and Ice cream solution for this.

Ambien CR (generic blue in color) purchased at Costco did not effect my stomach like the past experience I wrote about. I was shocked when I began taking it again & I didn’t have all of the problems that I experienced previously with horrible indigestion. Didn’t realize that the binding agents were the culprit. I feel very healthy with absolutely no side effects at this time.

Yes! If you have not tried stopping the ambien, try it. It may take a while for the symptoms to begin to clear up, so don’t assume that if you don’t feel better in a few days that it isn’t the ambien. I would say stop taking it for at least 3 weeks and see if there is any improvement. I know how hard it is to imagine sleeping without it, especially if you have been on it for so long. But think of it as a short trial.
I use a combination of benadryl and melatonin to sleep when I can’t use ambien.
All of my issues cleared up after I completely stopped taking the ambien. Occasionally, I do still take it, and if it is for any extended period of time, the symptoms return. Sinus issues, asthma, cough, acid reflux, and eventually a horrible burn down my esophagus and a strange short of breath “fluffy” feeling in my chest. If you determine that your problems are caused by the ambien, then you can decide whether or not the benefits outweigh the complications, but definitely stop the ambien completely for a while. It is very possible that it has been the source of your problems the entire time.
Also, if you are not taking the name brand of Ambien and your prescription is for generic zolpidem, switching manufacturers may help if your problems are caused by the binding agents, which are different for every manufacturer. I have found that the white round tablets by Teva pharmaceuticals (the word TEVA is printed on one side) seems to give me the side effects to a much greater degree than the others. Good luck and I hope that you feel better soon!

I saw your post regarding your septoplasty and sinus issues that were possibly related to Ambien use. I’m in exactly the same situation and it has been maddening. I’m scheduled for a 3rd sinus operation in 2 days, and only recently have found references such as yours that suggestion Ambien and sinus issues may be related. Can you tell me if things got better for your sinuses once you stopped Ambien? Thank you much for your response.

Hello. I saw your post from a few years ago regarding Ambien and sinus issues. Can you tell me if your sinus issues stopped once you quit taking Ambien? I have had surgeries, all kinds of allergy medicines, steroids, antibiotics, etc. and nothing has helped, and during all this time I’ve been taking Ambien without realizing there is a possible connection. I’m very interested in knowing if quitting Ambien helped your sinus issues. Thanks.

Hey everyone.
I am an aspiring bodybuilder. I am also a certified personal trainer. I have been taking Ambien for about 1 and a half years now and I have just started experiencing severe acid reflux and indigestion. The doctors tried relating it to my supplements. I said fine, I will stop the supplements. I stopped everything and the reflux went away. About a week ago, I went back on Ambien and almost immediately the next day my chest was hurting and I wasn’t properly digesting my food. I could relate the symptoms to a heart attack, especially if you have never had reflux before. The doctor told me that it was possible the Ambien could do this as it weakens the organs around your stomach to help you relax, thus resulting acid to leave the stomach.
Prilosac OTC can work to reduce acid, but it will make indigestion more possible with a lack of acid. The ultimate cure was to stop Ambien. It took a few days to recover but I now feel normal again. And just to let everyone know, I did develop a dependency to Ambien and had been taking 20mg( 2 pills) most nights. Sometimes more than that. Yes, my tolerance was so high I needed to take more than 10mg. I hope this post helps people out. Whether there is a correlation between the dosage and reflux or just the Ambien period, a correlation definitely exists.

I just quit taking Ambien last night after reading all of your posts. My stomach is still a little sore & bloated after eating but my chest does not feel achy & the coughing has subsided. My symptoms were identical to GERD or hiatal hernia. Even my lungs felt like they were irritated. I have never had acid stomach problems until I began taking Ambien. This is truly a nightmare. Switching back to Lunesta because it never gave me any health problems. Just wish it was generic because it’s quit pricey-well worth it after this journey. Thank you all.

I began taking Ambien about a month ago and experiencing terrible upper abdominal pain, bloating and nausea shortly after starting on the medication. I had several days that I literally was vomiting up bile and thought something was terribly wrong with me. I went to doctor, began taking Aciphex and symptoms still did not subside. Finally, after going over everything I could think of that I had changed recently, I decided to stop the Ambien and guess what? The symptoms went away within about 48 hours of stopping the medication. I literally thought I was dying and am so, so glad I figured it out. The same doctor who prescribed the Ambien prescribed the Aciphex and never even mentioned the problem could be related to the drug. I am amazed and so grateful to have come across this website.

Ditto on everyone else’s comments regarding Ambien and stomach pain. I’m sitting here in agony after starting 4-5mg of Ambien about 3-4 weeks ago. Yes, it helped me sleep but the price is way too high — extreme stomach pain all day long. Pain didn’t start until a week ago. Will quit taking it immediately and feel confident pain will stop as I’ve never experienced this kind of discomfort in my life. Sorry about those who’ve experienced lasting damage, and hope everyone’s able to heal after discontinuing this nasty drug.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have found your website after a search of my symptoms which are like an intestinal gastritis related problem. I take the generic zolpidem at night. I break it in half and get great night’s sleep, but I have started to get constipation one day, followed by another with cramping and diarreha. I also have had a slight sore throat which I Ttributed to allergies. This has been a lifesaver.

I have been having so many stomach problems. I have thought so many times about it being Ambien, since I have been taking it for several months now. After reading these post, I am now wondering if my stomach problems could be from Ambien?? Well, I guess I will take myself off of it and see if this helps. When I experience the stomach issues, it seems to help if I eat something. Has anyone else had this same issue?

I am definitely stopping ambien! I have the exact same symptoms as most of the people that posted! I am hoping I will start feeling better. Thanks!

Amazing. I have severe insomnia – migraines – but on top of it all – Multiple Sclerosis.
But I’ve been on every sleep aid under the sun. Most recently back to ambien. But with this Ive been getting heart burn, chest pains, nausea every day = they wanted to say it was the new MS medication but now I’m thinking its probably the AMBIEN! My question is – did anyone try another sleep aid?
Lunesta didn’t do anything for me after awhile. Been on lexapro – xanax etc. Melatonin doesn’t work I have severe issues so the natural supplements don’t work. Just curious but I should stop the Ambien before even assuming any further. Everything you all described are exactly my symptoms. And going off of it would be an easy fix -I shall call my doctor asap!

Did you ever find an alternative that worked for you?

Wow, this is what I suspected back in 1998 when I had to go off Ambien.. I started taking Ambien in 1993, I took it for 5 yrs, I had 2 go off it when I got pregnant with my daughter in 1998.
For 5 years this was my hell being on Ambien. I would wake up in the morning with a wrenching stomach ache. After every meal I ate, with in 20 minutes I would get a tightness in my upper gi. THIS WAS A VERY VICIOUS CYCLE, I LOST SO MUCH WEIGH DURING THAT TIME CAUSE I HATED EATING, KNOWING I WOULD GET A HORRIBLE STOMACH WITH IN 2O MINUTES.
I did not realize Ambien was the culprit until a year after my daughter was born, I put on so much weight during my pregnancy, cause 4 the first time in 5 yrs, I could eat and not get a stomach ache, so I had a lot of weight 2 lose after my daughter was born. I am a runner so I eventually lost the 70 pounds, but I got real run down and got the flu twice. The Doctor said u need 2 get sleep, so I took Ambien and the next morning the horrible stomach ache came back. That’s when I realized it was Ambien that caused my problems.

Thank God I found this page. For months I’ve been suffering with non-stop nasal drip, asthma, and in the past few days, the horrific acid burning began in my throat, chest, and below my ribs. I felt like I had ingested battery acid. Wasted money on blood tests, EKG, antihistamines, inhalers, steroids, prilosec. None of which helped me (heavy doses of prednisone did help the airway inflammation a bit, but the doctors thought it was an allergy).
I finally started to think about what had changed in my life when my health went downhill (I’m only in my early 30s!), and finally thought of the ambien. I didn’t take it last night, and what do you know? The burning is already gone.
I would like to mention that I was in fact taking the teva generics from Walgreens. Now that I think about it, the ONE time that I did take a brand from a different pharmacy which were tan oval pills instead of the teva, I don’t remember my symptoms being that bad. If I do get the ovals again, I will try them and see if my symptoms return. If not, I’ll try a teva pill and see if that does it. I will give an update. If it is not the zolpidem itself, but the binders inside of the Teva generics causing these issues, that is truly disturbing…

What a huge help this site is!
I have been taking ambien cr for about 5 weeks and have had
Terrible stomach pain and off/on sudden diarrhea for about the same amount of time.
I stopped after reading this and will post up the results in a few days about the change… If there is a change (hopefully)

I am completed shocked and blown away that ambien could be the etiology of all of my reflux problems. I had taken myself off of ambien a few months ago and then stupidly started back. Well then I began to have early morning awakenings around 3 am with severe abdominal pain and need to defecate. Then when able to go back to sleep and then get up I would immediately throw up hot clear to yellow vomitus.
I had read over the previous posts about the ambien with the “v” on it and I realized that my last two prescriptions have had this on here. I have seen a gi specialist and am scheduled to undergo both an egd and colonoscopy. I am praying for the ambien to be the etiology for symptoms that I have experienced (weight loss, anorexia, early morning wakening, and of course amnesia of any events from the precious night!) arghhhh!!

It has been 5 months since I stopped taking ambien and my abdominal discomfort and major episodes of arrhythmia that I had for almost 2 years have not returned… I manage to sleep 4-7 hours/night with the help of .3 mg tablet of melatonin (dosage recommended by MIT study) available from walgreen’s web site..

4 years ago me and my husband went to China, before going to China I started taking ambien, we were in China for 3 weeks, my diet there was very bad being I did not like the food, I drank lots of coke and lived on French fries. On our way home I started having heartburn so bad I could not function, I of course thought it was from the way I ate in China.
My Dr. could not find anything wrong, sent me to a specialist and he did the tube down my throat and said he found nothing, He thought it was stress. I was then put on Xanax (thinking I was going crazy) it of course relaxed the muscle in my throat and worked great but after 4 years of taking Xanax everyday like it was candy just to stop the pain in my throat and chest I went to a new Dr, she wanted to find a medicine that would help but that was less addictive so then I was put on zoloft, still having to take Xanax and now adding zoloft.
I went from being very health and now taking 3 different meds a day :/ .
When this did not help she decided to send me to another specialist. Ran all the test he could from swallow test, tube down throat and finally went and had the tube up my nose and down my throat for 24 hours, the worse test ever. Results showed I had serve acid reflux and muscle spasms in my throat. Now!!!! They are going to put me on acid reflux meds (that my insurance has not approved) and high blood pressure meds for the muscle spasms.
I have great blood pressure, great heart rate, my weight is good, I run every day. So now we have added 2 more meds to the 3 meds I am already taking because I have to come off the other meds slowly. I have not started on the two new meds and my ambien ran out so for 3 days I was off my ambien on the 3rd day I did not have to take a Xanax, I thought nothing of it and was very happy when my ambien was filled. I got a GREAT nights sleep and the next day I was in serve pain in my throat and chest, I had to take a Xanax right away.
I found this sight and was blown away. Talked to my Dr. and told them I wanted to try and come off the ambien before I started taking these other meds, I have been off the zoloft now for 3 days, no bad side effects and last night no ambien. Wish me luck, it will be awesome after 4 years of pain if I solved my on problem by finding this site. I am so ready to be back to my old self and med free….yahoo.

I’ve been on Ambien for more than a year, and never had any gastro problems until I was given the Qualitest brand generic Zolpidem. This one does not allow me to keep ANY food down the next day. I saw somebody else complaining of the pills with the V on them, and yes, those are Qualitest.
There must be a weird binder in there that’s causing this nausea, because the Roxane Labs. version of generic Zolpidem has never given me a problem. Next time I see my doctor, I am going to request that she include a note to the pharmacist indicating that they do not give me the one made by Qualitest.
If you’re looking to solve these stomach issues, try the one made by Roxane Labs. They are white, circular tablets that have always worked for me. I usually get them at Rite Aid, but this last time I found myself at a different Rite Aid, and they gave me these Qualitest ones. I knew straight away something wasn’t right, as I didn’t feel right just 30 minutes after taking one. I really think it depends on the maker of the generic.

I cannot believe the amount of people that are affected by Ambien. I have been taking Ambien to sleep as well as ativan. I have been taking the Ambien 2 sometimes 3 times a week for the past couple of months and i did notice when i took it a few nights ago that i woke up in the middle of the night with acid reflux.
I took it again last night and had awful reflux and was awake for 2 hrs pounding back tums and a Prevacid and nothing helped. I am still feeling the effects.
I do suffer from reflux and have for yrs. This i believe is the worst i have had in quite a while. I have breathing problems from a botched surgery a yr ago and it felt like i was having more of a problem breathing as well. Now that was scary.
I am done taking Ambien. It does help you get a good nights rest but at what cost. The symptoms will only get worse and yes they do need to make people aware that this is a serious side effect. If a Dr says that the Ambien does not cause stomach issues they need to do some research.

Wow….
I have had a host of digestive problems. Hoping to get off ambien and finally get help…
Slooow digestive tract.. abdominal pain… Can’t eat anything without pain afterwards… Ambien is the real problem….

I started taking Ambien when I was pregnant… early in pregnancy. So I had terrible indigestion, constipation, abdominal discomfort, and an extreme feeling of fullness/bloating. I at the time chalked it up to pregnancy symptoms. WRONG. 9 months later I had my baby and stopped taking the ambien for about 2 months because I was up all night nursing my son, so I could not take the ambien. During this time had NO stomach issues.
Then started taking the ambien again when the baby was sleeping longer stretches. Then again, the horrible bloating and fullness, indigestion and gassey-ness started again. Although I didn’t put two and two together for about two months. Which were 2 awful months.
I went thru upper GI’s, gallbladder ultrasounds, HIDA scans all came back normal. A little inflammation was all that was found in my stomach.
So now on my own to figure out the problem. Well – one day it came to me “maybe its the Ambien”? Sure enough… after about a week off of it that overwhelming bloating and fullness was completely gone, as well as the abdominal pain.
So no more Ambien for this mama! Now I am just plain tired. My doc gave me amytriptaline? We’ll see!

Suffered from insomnia and decided to try ambien for the first time. Was prescribed the medication and started taking it along with sinus medication and ibuprofen 800 mg. Has developed 2 days later the worse GERD symptoms with stomach pain and hypersalivation and has decided to stop immediately the sinus medication as well as the ibuprofen.
To dissipate confusion, I also put myself off the ambien. Started feeling better which has improved after 2 days. Now the insomnia continued and I decided to take ambien as a solo medication, staying out of the sinus medication and the ibuprofen which might have caused gastritis in my opinion. 2 days later, I started developing the same GERD symptoms.
Knowing my body, I believed that the only reasons would have been a new sickness or iatrogenic with the ambien. I went to that forum and discovered the problem. Now I am 2 days again off the AMBIEN and this morning I am writing as a health care provider with an espresso coffee at my desk and a spicy sandwich and almost back to my normal state.
Just received a call from my girlfriend who is suffering from GERD and has started taking also ambien 2 weeks ago. Despite my advice she has continued until yesterday. The call of this morning is one of distress as she had to go to the ER. This am due to vomiting and GERD Symptoms that have become out of control.

It has been about one month since i quit Ambien and the results are remarkable…. no longer depressed, no abdominal pain, no episodes of multiple PVC’s and no withdrawal symptoms and with patience I get 6-7 hours of sleep. Best of all I feel normal again.

ive had sleep issues since high school. i have always taken something. i quit drugs & alcohol but stayed on sleeping pills. tried lunesta which made me vomit after awhile –switched back to ambien. Although it erases memory, it seems to work for sleep—i threw up tonight after taking it
this is insane….i cant live with being sick to my stomach….
i am going to force myself to quit–i def. believe ambien is causing severe stomach issues!!!
constipation, vomiting, nausea — my stomach is sore and feels raw much of the time now
this drug is not my friend–sleep or no sleep –i am going to quit !!!
People’s Pharmacy response: Nausea and vomiting, along with other digestive problems, have been reported in people taking Ambien.

Ambien cost me, BIGTIME! I was having a tough time sleeping so my Dr. put me on the generic 12.5 extended release tabs. After taking them for 6 weeks or so I started having some abdominal pain. Of course I had NO idea it was from this medicine!
My wife and I left for vacation and at 1000 miles from home in Houston, TX I ended up in the emergency room on my vacation with severe abdominal pain. It was mostly on the lower right so of course they thought appendix. So they did a CT scan and a lot of bloodwork, appendix looked fine. So another CT looking for kidney stones. Nope, nothing, everything looks great.
Ok Doc, where is this pain coming from? I don’t know, he said. Probably IBS. So we make the 1000 mile trip back to Illinois, me in terrible pain, and I spend the next 2 months here seeing endocrinologist, internalists, colonoscopy, ect. Thousands of dollars, missed work, pain all the time, no answers. Oh OK here it comes, “maybe you need some lexapro and and appointment with a psychiatrist”. PLEASE!
So, I spend many many hours on the Internet researching and type in “Ambien” and “abdomen” in google and it brings me here. I quit Ambien that night, and within 3 days I can already tell that is going to be my answer. In 10 days, completely pain free. Not sleeping as good as I would like, sleeping worse probably, because of the $$ I now owe for NO reason.
ill ambien bankrupt me? It certainly ruined a portion of my life. Anyone going to have a class action suit? Please email me. If you take Ambien and are having phantom appendix like attacks, the Ambien could be why.

I am so glad I found this web site…. Long story shortened — after a year with GERD/abdominal pain/arrhythmia/mood swings – I had the typical series of tests EKG, ECHO, CTA, Holter monitor, 7 day Event Monitor and an endoscopy — and even though all results came back normal I was a little frustrated that nothing could explain all my symptoms… Then I googled ‘ Ambien and acid reflux’ and there was my answer…. and a few clicks of my mouse and found this site….
The best news is that, after the one year of symptoms during which I was taking Ambien, the second day after stopping Ambien the symptoms were GONE!!!! I would never have believed it could happen so fast and the decision to stop has truly changed my life… I will trade a lousy night sleep for a symptom free day. Doctors dispense this drug far took easily without realizing that the symptoms we are all experiencing aren’t listed as such for ambien…. hope my saga helps someone else — happy new year

This is my 3rd post. Positively, ambien caused me GI symptoms (acid, constipation), along with heartburn. In reply to your ‘head rushes’, in my opinion, it’s all related to the stomach acids. I felt on a few occasions that I was going to faint, very strange! I think it was the combination of stomach acids and dehydration. Yes, I am extremely surprised that by now, doctors wouldn’t have the word that at least Ambien might be causing these symptoms!
For me, I guess I’ve never been a good sleeper, but you know what … I’ve been off ambien for nearly 2 months, and although I don’t sleep much, I feel OK .. and that’s good enough for me. I will continue to pursue reasons why I am such a light sleeper, and feel confident that I will make headway on that. One thing that has helped me a little is the mouthpiece that prevents my lower jaw from falling back (hence, tongue and soft palate block my throat). This is part of it.
When you believe it from empirical evidence that something causing certain symptoms, like ambien causing stomach acids and constipation, and you test it a few times with the same results, one can confidently conclude that they have found the source of a problem and it’s a good thing to be able to confirm something so resolutely.
Robert

I’ve been taking ambien or zolpidem on and off for several years. For the past two months, though, I took 1/2 pill (5 mg) every day. 3 weeks ago, I developed excruciating acid reflux, to the point that I couldn’t eat or drink anything without burning pain. I am so happy that I found this online community because I immediately went off ambien and within 3 days my symptoms cleared up completely. Here is a link to an article describing a scientific study that found the same link between ambien and acid reflux, and gives what I think is a very logical medical explanation for the link. http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20307960,00.html
I had also developed constant weird little headrushes or dizziness or lightheadness. That has cleared up as well since I’ve taken myself off ambien. I also developed severe depression, feelings of hopelessness and intense, crazy irritability that was off the charts. It was really the worst I had ever felt. That’s gone too!!!
My doctor did not connect the ambien (which he prescribed) to the headrushes. I hadn’t gone to him about the stomach problem but I bet he wouldn’t have figured that out either. I am NEVER taking ambien again. Now I just need to figure out some nice safe remedies to get to sleep.

I’ve been taking ambien for several years. Over the past couple of years I too have developed some similar symptoms, indigestion, burning, constant throat clearing. Its getting worse, with the throat clearing going on for hours and hours. After reading all the posts on this site, I’m not alone. Think its time to stop with the Zolpidem and see how it goes. I will come back to this site and post my results.

In reading about all of the trouble with Ambien, I am convinced that it is THE root cause of my discomfort. I took it for the first time in my life last night and at 3 in the morning I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. The chest pain was so severe, I honestly thought I was having a heart attack, the only missing sensation was the shooting pain in my arms. I am 41 years old, I do smoke and presently my doctor prescribed Ambien to help me sleep while trying to get off of another medication.
Thank you all so very much for sharing. I have gained enough insight with Ambien to NEVER take it again. God bless you all and I pray that your suffering ends quickly.

I’ve been thru it all, apparently from Ambien CR. Since I knew that Time-Release coatings cause problems even on vitamins, so I asked the Pharmacist about it. “No, it won’t hurt you. You can even cut it in half.” I let myself believe that since I needed sleep so badly. My entire digestive tract was hurting besides reflux & colitis. It wiped out my energy because of affecting my absorption of food, diarrhea, etc. I’ve been treating my symptoms w/ probiotics & other digestive health stuff & it helped, but, quitting Ambien was the only “cure”. NOT taking it on an empty stomach (against Dr’s advice) may help some people, but, some of us just don’t have the digestive lining to cope w/ even that.

Thank you, thank you,thank you! I felt so sick last week that I thought I was having a heart attack. I was two seconds from going to the nearest emergency room. It was the worst case of heartburn, gas, and indigestion, I had experienced since I had to have my gallbladder and gallstones removed back in May.
The bloating was so bad that I looked eight months pregnant, and no amount of Mylanta, Pepto Bismol, or Tums I took would help. I’ve been taking Ambien on and off for years so I never would have dreamed that it was the cause of my distress. I’m 47 years old and it took my 23 year old daughter to suggest that I stop taking it for a few days.
Well, it only took two days for the symptoms to clear up but, I was still skeptical. I started taking it again two nights later and the pain was back but not as severe. That convinced me. I don’t care what the doctors are telling you guys, its the Ambien! Thank God for this site and for letting me know that I am not alone.

Omg God Bless all of you. This medication has ruined many days of my life!
I wish you all relieve and hope many others do not go through this. Going to the doctor to assess the damage.

I have been on Ambien/Zolpidem for a bit over a year. I noticed that I started to have right side pain/burning sensations that were unbearable.
I noted that when I took my nightly dose of zolpidem the burning and pain would go away immediately, and it was a blessed relief. I have never experienced such agonizing burning and pain, and might I add terrible gas.
I soon looked forward to “bedtime” as I knew the dreadful symptoms would go away. After reading this site I decided to stop the Zolpidem. It’s been three days and the burning and pain is almost gone!
No more zolpidem for me…I’d rather go without sleep!

I had posted a comment a number of months ago. Absolutely, no question about it, that Zolpidem (both the ER and the 10 mg. regular) give me scary symptoms in upper stomach, heartburn, and as one person mentioned, a sensation in my left side, just below my rib cage. Usually, by the 2nd day off, the pain subsides, but it took me awhile to figure out what was causing this.
It is possible, that the combination of certain foods and the zolpidem might bring these symptoms on more noticeably. I don’t know, maybe oily or hot spices. The bottom line is that the symptoms are so bad that it’s scary to experience them. It almost feels like the inside of my upper stomach is ‘burnt’.
The other thing that I can say with certainty (at least with me), is that Zolpidem constipates me. It took me awhile to track this one down also. By the 2nd or 3rd day off Zolpidem, things became normal. I think the constipation can increase the GI problems in general.
Unfortunately, it seems that the amount of the drug one has to take, in order to sleep for about 5-5.5 hours is too much, hence there is a lot of residual left that might encourage these symptoms to be stronger.
I’m trying to go without, but that will usually equate to 2,1 or zero hours sleep.
Let’s hope, someday, somehow, there will be something available that will trigger sleep without any health risks.
I doubt this is possible, but might be worth investigating .. Is it remotely possible that there is a slight difference in the inactive ingredients between the generic manufacturers. I think generics have to be within 5% accuracy on the ‘active’ ingredient, but I’m not sure on the inactive ingredients.

Thank you for this site and thanks to everyone for sharing their personal stories. My story is quite similar. I am 59 years old and in good health. I have been taking Ambien/zolpidem for over 4 years. About a year and a half ago I began experiencing extreme upper abdominal gas and belching. I did not know what triggered it – I thought it was certain foods, etc.
I went to a gastroenterologist and had an endoscopy, CT scan and a colonoscopy all of which showed no problems. I listed the zolpidem on the drugs I was taking, but Dr. made no correlation between my complaints and any side effects from the Ambien. He suggested, rather “told me” my problem was because I was swallowing air! In effect, he dismissed my symptoms, told me nothing was wrong except the air swallowing and all my scopes were good so bye-bye. I was demoralized and downhearted when I left his office. And a bit angry because I knew I could not swallow that volume of air!
The symptoms would come and go. Now I know why: I did not take Ambien regularly, every day. I took it only once in awhile when I needed it. I would take it for a period of a week or two or three then I would stop. Looking back, I did not have the gastric episodes when I did not take Ambien, but I did not even suspect it could have been a factor.
I googled ambien and bloating and happened upon this site. I am deeply grateful for it.
Every doctor I have seen believes Ambien/zolpidem is a relatively benign drug, and it probably is for a majority of people. It does not raise any red flags for doctors because of this. I believe that is why no doctor even thought it might be a possible source of my discomfort.
I want to report that I stopped taking the zolpidem (.5 dosage) four days ago and noticed almost immediate relief from the gas and bloating the next morning. It has been 4 days now and each day is better than the last. If it continues this way, there can be no question it was the Ambien.
I still think it is a good drug for what it does. It did not affect me this way when I first began taking it. My body may have just developed a sensitivity to the drug over time? Maybe I wasn’t taking it for long enough periods to cause the sensitivity. Not sure.
I don’t usually post on message boards/forums, but I had to take the time to do so. Perhaps my experience will help another.

I have been taking ambiem for about 2 yrs straight-can’t sleep a wink without it!! However, I have developed digestion problems recently involving the stomach, and bowels have become irregular. Have just come up with this problem during the past several months. I have only just today used google to address a possible correlation with my ambien use. Low and behold, my search has led me to this website.
Tomorrow I must have a ultrasound to help determine whether or not I am experiencing gallbladder problems or something else. If test results show no gallstones, then I must have yet another kind of test to see if my gallbladder is malfunctioning. This test is more involved.
Maybe all my digestive woos are related to this sleep. It makes sense. Since ambien works on the nerves and it decreases nerves motility, it can possibly effect the stomach and small and large intestines and other organs involved in the digestive processes.

In the last month, I have felt general malaise and just not feeling well. Most notable is bloating, heartburn type pain, sometimes stomach pain. Had an ER visit to rule out heart attack. Visit to gastroenterologist gave dx = acid reflux disease. I have never had troubles like this.
Due to stress and sleep problems I have been taking ambien and oxazepam quite regularly especially for the last month or so but longer than that. Last night on bing or google search I typed the sequence ” ambien bloating” and came up with a comment from some one on this site that said he took ambien, had acid reflux problems and quit, had three sleepless nights and then problem went away. That would be nice.
How well was this checked out or verified? Would be nice to know if this is generally true. If anyone has more info I would appreciate an email. I an not taking ambien for the second sleepless night. Hope it works. Comments welcome. I told all Drs. I visited I took ambien and none commented but hope this is true.

I think it (Ambien) may have something to do with relaxing a muscle called the LES thus allowing the acid to move up out of its nasty little home. I hated Lunesta, did not work as well. Any other sleep aids that work well? I am up every hour all night long with not much sleep. I feel like I am babysitting the clock!

All these stories correlate exactly with mine. Been taking Ambien to sleep for over two years – alternating sometimes with Xanax. I’m 65 years old, healthy, not overweight and don’t eat dairy, meat or oils. I don’t eat late at night or drink heavily. I never take Ambien if I’ve had a drink. But, my throat has been sore for about 4 months – “a frog in my throat” and when I have to talk a lot, I feel the strain.
The doctor said it was post-nasal drip and gave me decongestants and Nasonex – but I’m finding that the problem is less when I skip the sleeping pill – so now VERY motivated to suffer through sleeplessness to find out. Also found this link to Xanax and acid reflux: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1553935 – Many thanks to everyone on this very helpful site.

I am so glad I found this site… I have been having severe gastritis and acid reflux… none of the meds (prilosec 40mg and Carafate) were working AT ALL… I changed my diet and wasn’t eating anything I wasn’t supposed to… I even quit smoking because that is also a cause of symptoms… so I didn’t understand why the pain was so severe.
I then decided to see if any of my medications could be the culprit. When I did a search on ambien side effects I came across this site and others. So that Sunday night I didn’t take my ambien… and wouldn’t you know that my gastritis and acid reflux disappeared the next day. It’s been 5 days and I am feeling great !!! So Glad I found this site. thanks all.

I had a terrible cold which developed into pneumonia and was having a horrible time getting to sleep due to excessive coughing. The doctor gave me 3 ambien to help me sleep. I ended up not taking them. I just put them in my medicine box.
About a week ago, I was having a hard time sleeping so decided to take a half of one… and took the other half a few nights later. I started having stomach problems. I am sure this was the cause because the sort of pain was almost as if something was directly irritating my stomach.
I have no idea why patients are not informed about this side effect. Had I had known, I never would have taken it. I think they are WAY too strong!

Same here – been on Ambien (Zolpidem) every night for able 5 years. Last July – started having reflux – sometimes severe. Have taken prevacid and zantac on/off for the past several months – symptoms have gone away/then come back – until this May – then, having reflux constantly – and getting worse. On Prevacid right now – symptoms at bay – but can tell not a long term solution. Will try weaning off Zolpidem for next 7 days – and report back if my reflux goes away permanent.
I am pissed at my Dr for not at least mentioning there might be a connection! It’s like if something is wrong – take another pill – before you know it – you are taking ten pills a day! It just ain’t right.

I take generic ambien (zolpidem) because I cannot sleep, it helps me so much but the next day my stomach hurts so bad I feel like I have to puke and I have to lay in bed all day. I need ambien to sleep but I wonder if it is even worth it.

OMG…. I am currently recovering from surgery that fix my paraeshpageal hernia. Had horrible acid reflux problems for at least 10 yrs. that meds no longer controlled. Just as I was recovering from the pain of the surgery I started having problems sleeping. So I took Ambien for a couple of nights and have really upset, unsettled stomach that I should NOT have after just going through the surgery. This was the only med that I had taken… had to be related. I am going to stop and deal with my sleep issues some other way.
Thank you all for your comments!

Well after googling stomach problems with ambien, your stories are reinforcing my theory that a new generic version that is being sold at Walgreens, small white pills with a v inscribed on one side, is causing me to have bloating, all day, and diarrhea.
I have been on other versions of ambien for quite a while in the past and it never did this to me. I started them 5 days ago and have had stomach issues for the last 3 days. They are not as effective either, I’ve been waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning as opposed to the old generic, which would keep me asleep all night with no negative side effects.

I too am having symptoms of indigestion and heartburn from taking Ambien! I didn’t put it together until I read this website. I am really upset that Doctors are not
following up on this? This is a major symptom that should be listed under side effects! Let the patient decide if they want stomach pain all day, or sleep at night!

Glad to know I’m not the only one, so thank you all for posting all that you have gone through on this medication. I’ve gone through gallons of blood lab workups, gallbladder studies, liver, spleen, pancreas, etc. Endoscopy showed I was suffering from gastritis, but everything else looked ‘normal’. Had full symptoms of diverticulitis, but nothing showed on the CT scan, MRI with iodine contrast.
I was getting sent across the state to have my bile ducts examined, for full symptoms, too. The only thing that had everyone scratching their heads was the elevated white blood cell count and no visible origin. After four months of feeling like I’d been put through the grinder and getting ‘that look’ from the various doctors and specialists, I decided to listen to myself and quit the ambien/zolpidem.
I was amazed at how fast I started to feel better. Still haven’t fixed my sleep problem, but I’ll take a benadryl and deal with it rather than go through that personal medical hell again. Can I forward this website to my doctors and specialists?

try passionflower drops- it helps me.

This is really scary to read. My mom has been on Ambien for years probably more than 10 and she just recently started having problems with her stomach, major bloating, can not eat with out feeling so sick. They did every test possible and they were not cheap. CT scans, x-rays, even put her on a machine that she carried around for a day that would make sure a medicine traveled through her body to check for blockage.
She has been in constant pain for months and it took forever to figure out what was wrong. Last week they told her she has a tumor in her stomach. My question is if the Dr knows it would only be a temporary relief for sleep why do they prescribe it for years? My mom tried to get off the pills and she started to have anxiety, shaking, and would wake up a think she was having a heart attack so she told her Dr and he said then keep taking it.
She has burnt her house down on it, tries to cook and my brother would come home to burnt food in the oven. It’s sad that they think this is OK. But she can’t sleep when she doesn’t take it. I can’t say the tumors are from Ambien, it’s not proven but the other symptoms alone should be enough. Sorry for the venting I am just glad I found other people having problems with Ambien.

I’m fascinated with this. A couple of months ago I started taking using the Ambien CR generic, Zolpidem ER, 6.25. As with everyone else discussing this topic, it was great getting consistent sleep, maybe the first time in close to 30 years (I’m 57), but about a week ago, started getting very acidic in the very upper part of my stomach. I thought it was due to stress, as I have had a lot, but I’ve been through this amount of stress on numerous occasions and never had this sort of symptom. I had taken regular Zolpidem off/on for about a year, but never came close to this high-acid symptom. I decided to try the Zolpidem ER, since I just because available and it does help me sleep a bit longer.
Here’s my question to you all. How many are taking an ‘extended release’ Ambien or Zolpidem? Maybe there’s an ingredient in the extended release versions that’s causing the stomach acid?
To all, let’s figure this out.
Yes, tough, tough sacrifice … knowing that one can get a decent nights sleep … but, this acid in the upper stomach is strong!
Again, however, I did not have this problem with the regular Zolpidem …. but, then again, I wasn’t falling asleep as long either. Oh well …
Thanks,
Robert

I am so glad I found this site. I just went through a few months of running from DR to DR with severe abdominal pains , reflux and nausea. I had an endoscopy, ultrasounds of abdominal, pelvis and kidneys and even 2 CT scans. I was finally diagnosed with IBS and was told there is no treatment or cure.
I put my “brain” to work overtime and decided to stop the Ambien… and well you must have guessed by now… When I stopped the Ambien my abdominal pains STOPPED as well.
Only problem…. I can’t sleep !

I was on Ambien for one month and was so excited to have some sleep after months of not sleeping. But after 3 weeks on the medicine, I noticed that I started having abdominal pain and heartburn. I had already been diagnosed with GERD and had taken Nexium for this, but this felt a little different. This abdominal pain went on for over a week and my husband finally said “do you think it could be the Ambien making you feel like this?” I immediately went online and finding this site and learning about your experiences was so welcoming.
Unfortunately, I lost 11 lbs. and already have a small frame, and now I can’t gain it back. It took about 2 weeks for the Ambien to get completely out of my system and I do feel better, and am able to eat again. So, thank you all for posting your comments because it was truly a relief to find out that the Ambien was the cause of my problems.
While I do have to sacrifice having a good nights rest to feel good during the day, I am managing just fine. I have had some tell me that I should have an endoscopy just in case there was damage done. Any thoughts?

Happy New Year…..here’s my resolution and new found “aha moment”……I have suffered with GERD for about ten years but keep it under control with Protronix, a careful diet and have been successful at keeping the symptoms at bay. However, last week I started taking Ambien again as the “holiday stress” has been affecting my ability to sleep.
Suddenly, my reflux symptoms are back in full force. Went to my computer tonight as I am in too much pain to sleep and thank goodness I found this website! Thanks to everyone who has contributed as I will not take the Ambien that is sitting right next to me and see if there truly is a difference. I never stopped to think about the correlation of heartburn or GERD and Ambien. And, yes, I concur… why don’t the doctors and drug companies have this as a possible side effect?

I have been taking Ambien for 14 years. I was recently diagnosed with reflux and Barretts disease! I couldn’t figure out how this happened?? I’m a very active 66 year old (golf, tennis and biking) not abusing my body. After reviewing my eating and (rare glass of wine) habits a light bulb went off and thought it could be ambien?? The damage is done!! What to eat??

I have been taking ambien pretty much daily for about a year. I would never take an entire pill, usually I would break it into thirds, just enough to help me get to sleep. About 2 months ago, I started experience pain on the left side, right under the rib cage. I would usually feel this pain at night. The pain seemed to get worse and worse and then I started experiencing stomach pains, bloating, gas, etc. along with the pain under the left rib cage.
I went to my doctor, we did blood work, and an ultrasound and found nothing out of the ordinary. My doctor also suggested that it may be acid reflux and told me to try taking zantac to reduce the acid in my stomach to see if that would help. This past thanksgiving break, I didn’t take ambien for the entire week and felt much better.
After thanksgiving, I went back to taking the ambien and the stomach bloating and pain came back. After I found this site with others experiencing similar issues, I finally realized that the ambien may have something to do with my problems. I’ve since stopped taking ambien and my stomach problems have gone away. The pain under left rib cage is getting better daily. I would much rather lay awake all night than go through the pain that I’ve experienced so I won’t be taking ambien anymore.

I started taking ambien when I was put back on paxil for my anxiety… I was prescribed ambien and paxil on Nov 30th (two weeks ago). Since then I have been miserable… extreme anxiety, panic, stomach and back pain, burping, gas, reflux (even though I take nexium), horrible thoughts of dying etc…. I even broke down to my wife and cried….
I’ve been taking 10mg of ambien since Nov 30th and I still was only able to sleep 4-5 hours a night and wake up paranoid and a thumping heartbeat… after reading this I have a feeling it’s the ambien and I’m done taking it!!! I’d rather deal with sleeplessness than feeling horrible.

My doctor put me on Ambien two years ago and the GERD didn’t hit me until last January. It was so unbelievably painful and I had no idea what was causing it. I had an endoscopy and went through all the testing… nothing helped. Although I suffer from depression and anxiety, the last year or so has been so much worse. A few weeks ago, I ran out of Ambien and couldn’t get the doctor to write a new prescription for two days… by the time he turned it in, I had been off it for 3 nights, getting past the worse part of the withdrawal.
I decided to try to go off of it. A couple of days later I noticed my GERD was gone. I was surprised by the relief, but wasn’t taking anything for granted. Now, it has been several weeks and the GERD has not returned. I am not taking the prescription for it anymore either and I can eat anything I want without pain. I have also noticed that I am much less depressed and I feel like I have come out of a funk. I would have never guessed all this was coming from the Ambien but it is a relief to finally feel better.

So glad I found this website. I have been suffering with IBS and GERD for years even after having a nissin done. The gastro put me on dexilant and I’ve been fine. I have sleep apnea and feel no physical benefit from using the CPAP so my doctor put me on ambien (even though I really have no trouble sleeping).
I’ve had horrible bloating ever since. Last Wednesday he put me on ambien CR because the CPAP was still waking me up during the night. With the first dose I had terrible heartburn and was washing down Pepcid AC’s with mylanta, my stomach has been fried ever since and I feel so down in the dumps I can’t get out of bed. I guess I’m done with the ambien and hopefully my digestion problems will go away.

Hi fellow sufferers. Well, I have had a fundoplication for severe gerd about three years ago, and have had no GI problems until I started taking generic Ambien about three months ago. For the past 3 weeks, I have had severe bloating, associated with burping, and a sensation of discomfort in my upper abdomen, that made me think I had an ulcer or maybe stomach cancer.
So, I ordered an upper GI study on myself, and was found to have signs of gastritis and duodenitis, as well as a recurrence of my reflex. Although it could still be something else, I´m banking on your opinions that the ambien is probably the cause, and will discontinue it as of today.
I have only been taking about 3mg nightly, but in reviewing other side effects, they don’t seem to be dose related. I´m hoping that you guys are right, and that these awful symptoms go away. I suggest a small dose of temazepam, along with about 10 mg of diphenhydramine. When I say a small dose of temazepam, I mean about 10 mg for several days to avoid 3 or 5 sleepless nights when withdrawing from ambien. Good luck, and thanks a lot for sharing

I was diagnosed with an eroded esophagus 2 1/2 years ago. Had been on prilosec, after ten years, was immune. Insurance would not pay for prevacid or nexium, so Barretts esophagus, one mass of eroded flesh, choked, couldn’t swallow, food getting caught in the strictures of the esophagus which almost closed up, was getting excruciating pain, even when not eating, and massive burning pain in the stomach, heartburn so bad, I refused to eat. Even added tums and a foaming antacid gaviscon.. just had a scope done, a little redness, but nothing that would explain the horrible burning pain in my digestive tract..
Finally I got on medicare and they paid for the nexium, but only one dose, still didn’t get better, had to go on sleeping pills, none of them were working. prosom, restoril, otcs like benadryl, unisom, drowsy, but no sleep, been on and off ambien for almost two years. Why, I don’t know, but I never blamed it for the horrible stomach, and abdominal pain, and worse heartburn at night and when I wake up, never thought it related to ambien.
I like ambien, cause it works fast, and you are not in la la land when you wake up. well, I am sleep deprived for years, that is bad, long periods of sleep deprivation can cause stroke, heart attack, fatigue, and other problems.
I am going off it tonight, for a few nights and see if there is a difference. I am suffering, and I have l7 medical problems, some serious, this is making the little life I have a living hell. In addition, I have been getting terrible, terrible, nightmares,
and the most depressing and despairing thoughts, for weeks at a time. Everyone has their depressing moments and times in their lives. This is like I wanted to die. some of the thoughts, I would say to myself, what in the Name of God is happening to me. This is horrible.
Then decided to read carefully and slowly the leaflet that came with ambien. It can besides horrible heartburn, stomach pain, etc. cause suicidal and depressing and despairing thoughts, I would never take my life, but I was so depressed and no reason many times. We all have problems, but this feelings didn’t make sense.
I know these feelings were from the ambien cause I went off it for awhile and they stopped. So desperate for sleep, I went back on, handled it better cause I knew there was no foundation for the feelings. Now I intend to find out if the ambien is causing the reflux worse and digestive pain.. I have too many things wrong to go through more of this. I will post back with the results after a few days.
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Well, I’m glad I found this site. I too have been experiencing unexplained bloating (all the tests run and gall bladder removed two weeks ago to no avail). I am going to remove the Ambien and see if I get a result. I must confess I am hopeful yet skeptical. If all of you are right, the first round of drinks is on me.

Yes, I replaced it with Lunesta 2mg. I also take one 0.25mg of Xanax to relax before bed. Also, I take probiotics twice a day in pill form. As of today, my stomach is the best its ever been. Some people don’t like Lunesta because it can leave a bad taste in your mouth the next morning, but I don’t think its that bad and its much better than a bad stomach!

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