Are there any risks in taking Ambien CR?

Risks associated with Ambien CR (zolpidem tartrate extended-release) may include allergic reactions to the drug or possible side effects. When taking Ambien CR, you may still feel drowsy upon waking and you need to be careful when driving or doing anything that needs you to be completely alert. Ambien CR does interact negatively with certain drugs and even some herbal supplements, so you need to be very clear with your doctor about every medication or pill you are taking. Ambien CR has not been tested in pregnant women, so be sure to talk to your doctor if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant. If you have a tendency toward depression, mental illness, or alcohol addiction, Ambien CR may pose some additional risks.  The sedative effect may last too long in elderly patients and may cause incidents of falling. If you have a history of liver, kidney, or lung diseases, there could be some risks associated with Ambien CR. Myasthenia gravis and sleep apnea could get worse on Ambien CR. Ambien CR can become habit-forming when abused. Talk to your doctor and be very clear about your current health condition when discussing Ambien CR.

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