Ambien is one of the most popular prescription drugs for people who struggle with insomnia. The drug’s promise is quite simple: help patients fall asleep. And while the drug can do what it promises, it’s not been proven that it helps people stay asleep. Furthermore, there have been all sorts of extreme side effects reported by people who’ve taken the drug.
Here are some of the scariest Ambien side effect stories.
One man reported that when he started taking his father’s Ambien prescription, he experienced side effects within 10 minutes. On one particular occasion, he dreamed and hallucinated that there were pirates in his room. He woke up the next day at noon to find himself lying on the floor, and his living room was a complete mess. Furthermore, there were visible signs of a small fire that had been started in a corner of the room. Seems it was less of a dream and more a lapse due to the Ambien.
The Urge To Pee
One college student took Ambien before heading out to a bar. A few hours later he returned to his apartment and fell asleep. The next day he got up and went to class and then decided to check his computer. He noticed the computer was sticky and it was only then that he recalled peeing on his computer while on the Ambien.
If you have a habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep, then you want to be extra careful about taking Ambien. That’s because one person who took the drug ending up grinding their teeth to the point that they were flat. Needless to say that this person experienced intense pain when they woke up the next day.
We Have Lift Off
Now for an uplifting story, one person said that they fell asleep on a chair and felt as if it was lifting off the ground, like a plane. And then when they went to lie on their bed, they had the same sensation, with the mattress lifting off. Then things evolved to a flying mattress race with their friends who had somehow managed to come through the wall. It’s amazing what people see when they’re on Ambien!
One person decided to take a triple dose of Ambien, probably assuming that they’d get three times more “performance” from the drug. In the end this person hallucinated that they were being dragged around by men wearing masks in a Louisiana swamp.
One parent reported that at 1:30 am, their son’s girlfriend came down the stairs, her eyebrows completely shaved off and insisting that she wanted a Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink. We’re not sure how the brows and Yoo-hoo are connected, but then again, Ambien trips don’t make a whole lot of sense.
Late Night Tire Repair
Operating any kind of machinery while taking Ambien can be dangerous as proven by a man who dreamed that he took a late night drive to get cigarettes and then ended up popping his tire on a curb and then changing the tire on the side of the road. The next morning he woke up and headed outside his house to find that his car had a spare tire on it and his car did indeed have evidence of the night’s events. Turns out it wasn’t a dream at all!
Scary things happen when one takes Ambien, as one man experienced when he drove to his ex-wife’s house, opened all the doors of the car and knocked on her door. All the while he was shirtless. When the man’s son took his dad back to his house, he found that the place was a mess. His son managed to get him to sleep and the next day the man had no idea what had happened the previous night.
One guy woke up to find every corner of his bathroom covered in blood. It turned out that he’d woken up earlier, fainted in front of his sink and smashed his nose, which caused blood to spray everywhere. And as with so many Ambien cases, he didn’t have a clear recollection of any of it.
Another person related the story of their dad’s friend who took Ambien and became convinced that someone was breaking into his house. That person ended up grabbing their pistol and shooting through their front door, hoping to stop the “intruders.” Thankfully no one was hurt and the man’s wife took the gun away from her husband. She also made sure to get rid of the Ambien pills immediately.
We all have a form of art that we enjoy and wish we were really good at, and for some people, Ambien gets them to believe that their talents are much better than they really are. One woman took Ambien and started to see herself as an incredible art prodigy. She decided she wanted to sell her artwork and then the next morning she woke up to realize that there was artwork. Instead, she noticed that her credit cards, gift cards, and driver’s license had all been cut up and laid out on the floor in a pattern. That was her talent at work as it turned out!
Ambien in Iraq
After being deployed to Iraq, one man was given Ambien to help him relax and sleep. In the middle of the night he needed to go to the bathroom and he went outside in his boxers. He started to pee and hallucinate at the same time, and then he started spinning around in circles while peeing. He went on to take a shower and went back to his tent without any clothes on and fell asleep. The next morning he woke up to realize that it hadn’t been an hallucination. It had all happened!
While on Ambien one woman made the mistake of emailing her ex from a decade ago and then she got a reply from him in which he told her to leave him alone. She felt quite embarrassed by the whole thing.
Don’t Combine With Alcohol And Cars
When you take Ambien it’s essential that you not have alcohol AND drive a car too, especially with your friends in the backseat. One man did this, and while nothing went wrong, they could have ended up in an accident or been stopped by police and slapped with a DUI.
Beware of Jogging
After taking Ambien, one man woke up the morning after and decided to go for a 2-mile run. He took off, in his pyjamas and then his brother joined him for the last mile. When he went back home he went to sleep and woke up with no memory of what had happened and with is clothes wet.
One woman started taking Ambien after she’d had plastic surgery and then she decided to hold on to the drug in case she needed it later down the road. Months later she was having trouble sleeping and she went back to the drug. After a couple of nights of taking it, she’d located her ex’s address and ordered a glitter bomb package which she sent to his address. That’s an interesting Ambien revenge story for sure.
Shoot ’em Up
While under the influence of Ambien, one woman took out her gun from her safe, and shot through her front door four times. She went to bed and called police the next day, assuming that someone had shot at her house. It was eventually discovered that she’d done it and simply had no memory of it.
When one young woman started taking Ambien, she had dreams that she met spirits who invited her to their ship and experimented on her. She stopped the drug and the hallucinations stopped, then she went back on the drug again. This time she hallucinated that someone was torturing her and trying to kill her.
For food lovers, watch out because Ambien can send you on a cooking rampage. That is what happened to one man who would frequently wake up to find his kitchen looking like a disaster. While on Ambien he’d cook up a storm and then leave all of his cooking tools spread out.