Common side effects of Ambien vs. Xanax

Common side effects of Ambien vs. Xanax

Common side effects of Ambien vs. Xanax

Common side effects of The most common side effects of Ambien are drowsiness, dizziness, headache, and diarrhea. Other side effects may occur, such as palpitations, a drugged feeling, lightheadedness, abnormal dreams, and sinusitis.

Side effects of Xanax usually increase with higher doses. The most common side effects of Xanax are sedation, dizziness, and weakness. Other side effects may include fatigue, lightheadedness, memory problems/memory loss, confusion, depression, euphoria, suicidal thoughts/attempt, incoordination, lack of energy, dry mouth, convulsions/seizures, vertigo, visual problems, slurred speech, sexual problems, headache, coma, respiratory depression, weight gain or weight loss, worsening of sleep apnea or obstructive pulmonary disease, and gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, constipation, or diarrhea.

Other, serious side effects may occur. Consult your healthcare professional for a complete list of side effects.

 AmbienXanax
Side effectApplicable?FrequencyApplicable?Frequency
HeadacheYes1-7%Yes12.9-29.2%
NauseaYes>1%Yes9.6-22%
DiarrheaYes1-3%Yes10.1-20.6%
Ejaculation disorder/sexual problemsNoYes7.4%
Dry mouthYes3%Yes14.7%
SleepinessYes8%Yes41-77%
InsomniaYes>1%Yes8.9-29.5%
DizzinessYes5%Yes1.8-30%
WeaknessYesReported as rareYes6-7%

Source: DailyMed (Ambien), DailyMed (Xanax)

Drug interactions of Ambien vs. Xanax

Because of its CNS depressant effects, Ambien should not be taken with other drugs that have the same effect, such as opioids, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and alcohol, due to additive . Ambien should not be taken with rifampin, because rifampin can decrease Ambien levels. Ambien should not be taken with ketoconazole (or the Ambien dose should be lowered), because ketoconazole can increase Ambien levels.

Xanax should not be taken in combination with opioid painkillers, due to increased risk of sedation, respiratory depression, and overdose, possibly leading to death. If no other combination is possible, the patient should receive each medication at the lowest possible dose and for the shortest duration, and be closely monitored. Benzodiazepines also should not be taken with other CNS depressants such as alcohol, antipsychotics, antidepressants, sedating antihistamines, and anticonvulsants.

Alcohol should not be used with Ambien or Xanax.Common side effects of

Other drug interactions may occur. Consult your healthcare provider for a full list of drug interactions.

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