Friday, October 23, 2009

Possible Side Effects

Take 2 and call me in the morning, that is, if you haven't sleepcrashed your car into the median of the I-10. I LOVE, absolutely LOVE it when pharma commercials list side effects that are exponentially worse than the initial problem at hand. Here's an excerpt from the Ambien website (and inspired by some of your comments):

AMBIEN and AMBIEN CR are treatment options you and your doctor can consider along with lifestyle changes. When taking either of them:
  • Don’t drive or operate machinery. 
  • Plan to devote 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active. 
  • Sleepwalking, and eating or driving while not fully awake, with memory loss for the event, as well as abnormal behaviors such as being more outgoing or aggressive than normal, confusion, agitation, and hallucinations may occur. 
  • Don’t take it with alcohol as it may increase these behaviors. 
  • In patients with depression, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide may occur. If you experience any of these behaviors contact your doctor immediately. 
  • Allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, swelling of your tongue or throat, may occur and in rare cases may be fatal. If you have an allergic reaction while using AMBIEN or AMBIEN CR, contact your doctor immediately. 
  • Side effects of AMBIEN CR may include next-day drowsiness, dizziness and headache. 
  • There is a low occurrence of side effects associated with the short-term use of AMBIEN. The most commonly observed side effects in controlled clinical trials were drowsiness, dizziness, and diarrhea. 
I don't know about you, but insomnia sounds pretty good to me right about now. No, wait. It doesn't. I s'ppose half a pill won't hurt...

From the always poignant Toothpaste for Dinner:


  1. My father was prescribed Ambien and had those side effects they warn against. Each night, he would get out of bed, eat bowl after bowl of ice cream, watch tv, call relatives, etc. He would wake up the next morning with no memory of it and exclaiming that it was the best night's sleeps he'd ever gotten.

  2. i love these stories!!! but glad your dad is ok!

  3. Once I took an ambien and had a drink at, like, 4:00 the following afternoon. One drink=12 drinks with ambien in the system. It was so bad that it was funny, even as it was happening.

  4. oh my gosh, i love the comics-- "MAN LET'S DO THIS" especially!


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