Is it really possible that someone could mix up their medications and take a sleeping pill by accident? Highly unlikely. But according to Kerry Kennedy, that’s what caused her to collide with a tractor-trailer last week. It’s a questionable excuse, at best. And it makes us wonder about the real impact of a drug like Ambien. Whether she’s telling the truth or not, we don’t know, but we do know that there are five pretty serious side effects from Ambien that you need to be aware of.
First of all, you should not take this drug unless you can devote a full night’s sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours. If you have to wake up before that, you may have some memory loss, says WebMD.com.
In addition to memory loss, you may also experience the following side effects:
Dizziness. This drug can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded the next morning.
Fatigue. You can also experience daytime drowsiness and feel sleepy throughout the following the day.
Mood changes. WebMD also says that you can experience “mental/mood/behavior changes (such as new/worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, anxiety).” Sounds like every other drug commercial, right?
Sleep driving. That’s right. This drug does have a potential serious side effect of “sleep driving” which is when people get out of bed and drive vehicles while not fully awake (which is what may have happened to Kennedy). By the way, people have apparently also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not fully awake after taking this drug. Yikes.
The bottom line: know what meds you are taking when you are taking them. And know the potential side effects.