Precursor to Sleep
This medication was created specifically to help people fall asleep. When you take Ambien, in accordance with its label, you will find that it shouldn't take you very long to fall asleep at all: an evident Godsend for those who experience any type of medical condition that would keep them from getting an adequate amount of rest each night. You will find that, after consuming this medication, you should fall asleep seamlessly within 15 to 30 minutes.
Because of this drug's quick onset, it is recommended that you not take it until you know that you are absolutely ready to go to sleep. Regardless of when you take Ambien, it will exert it's primary effects on your body: that is, you will quickly drift into a sleep. For this reason, it is important that you only take Ambien when you are ready to go to bed. A greater, "trickle-down-effect" of this drug comes as a direct result of being rested: you will find that you are generally more able to concentrate and think clearly the following day.
Minor, but Important
As with all medications, a range of side effects should naturally be expected. While some people may experience little to no side effects of their drug intake, others can experience minor to severe side effects. Because of the nature of Ambien, you may not notice any divergences from your normal state, especially if the drug is making you fall asleep as it is meant to do. If you are unable to fall asleep, or even possibly the next day, you may begin to experience minor side effects such as: blurry vision, amnesia, muscle pain, nausea, weakness, coordination loss, lightheadedness, dizziness, sore throat, constipation, stuffy nose, and headache. During sleep, you may experience unusual or realistic dreams.
It is important that, when taking Ambien, that you stay abreast of these possible minor side effects.
Severe, Don't Ignore
Spanning the gamut of potential Ambien side effects, severe reactions can certainly occur. While it is not common for severe reactions to occur, it must be stated because a possibility does exist dependent on the person, and previous health history. If you do experience a severe reaction to Ambien it is important that you do everything possible to not delay the activation of an emergency service (Seek Medical Help Immediately). These reactions should not be taken lightly by any means.
Potential severe side effects of Ambien consumption include aggression, agitation, restlessness, anxiety, nervousness, confusion, disorientation, personality loss, hallucinations, suicidal feelings, depressions, lack of fear, loss of inhibition, risky behavious, and strange thoghts.
Overdosing and Underdosing
Take as Prescribed
When taking medications, some people have been known to take more than what is prescribed to them for one reason or another. It is important that, when taking Ambien, that you take it exactly as it was prescribed to you by your medical doctor. With proper knowledge and schooling, it is an implied assumption that your medical doctor knows what he/she is doing when they are presribing you a medication. They also know what the optimal amount of dosage you should be taking. To take more or less than what is prescribed to you will mean you are assuming a risk of overdosing or underdosing.
Taking less medication than what you are prescribed isn't generally a problem. In a society where we've been conditioned to believe that "more is better", the difficult comes when people think that the more medication they take, the better they will feel. This isn't the case. While underdosing may simply still leave you the way you were feeling previously, overdosing will be accompanied by such symptoms as lightheadedness, shallow breathing, sleepiness, confusion, and coma.