Between 2006 and 2011, about 38 million people in the United States alone were prescribed drugs containing the active ingredient in Ambien. Since then, millions more have taken the medication designed to treat sleeping troubles.
While the drug has helped countless Americans combat insomnia, Ambien has also taken a toll on countless others. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration1 estimates that more than a half a million people are currently abusing Ambien and other sedatives.
Aside from addiction, Ambien carries other frightening side effects, including hallucinations and sleepwalking. Patients taking the drug have fought back against the makers of Ambien by filing lawsuits and raising awareness about possible overdose and withdrawal symptoms associated with the sedative.