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Common Sleep Aid Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

According to Express News, researchers have determined that the common sleep aid, zolpidem (Ambien), can increase a user's risk of heart attack by as much as 50 percent.

About the Sleep Aid Study

A team of researchers with the China Medical University in Taiwan observed roughly 5,000 adults who had recently suffered a heart attack alongside 20,000 healthy adults and determined that those who had taken zolpidem were much more likely to suffer a heart attack.

While taking four standard 35 milligram tablets a year sent the risk of a person suffering a heart attack up by 20 percent, study participants who took 60 tablets were up to 50 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than participants who did not take zolpidem.

In a different study, the same group observed that zolpidem patients taking a 10mg tablet once or twice a week were twice as likely to suffer damage to their aorta and were also more likely to experience a fatal aortic dissection.

Last January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that they would require manufacturers zolpidem treatments like Ambien to halve their current recommended dosages due to concerns that the drug may remain in the bloodstream longer than previously believed.

Side Effects of Zolpidem (Ambien)

The following adverse events have been linked to zolpidem:

  • Amnesia
  • Suicide
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Overdose
  • Reparatory Arrest
  • Disorientation
  • Dependence
  • Chest Pains
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Death


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