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My Dad is taking Ambient for sleeping and just recently he

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My Dad is taking Ambient for sleeping and just recently he had an episode of having seen a lady beside him bothering him because he couldn't concintrate on his cross word.
The doctor wants to test him for dementia; however, there are no other syptoms that would support this.
The woman he lives with, life partner, was told that Ambient is not good and took her off of it and put her on Trazadone. They were told that Ambient was going to be taken off the market. So before they brand him with dementia or Alzhiemer us kids want to know if we should bring up the controversy of Ambient and request another sleep aid before going so drastic as dementia?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 years ago.

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Dr. David :

ambien can cause hallucinations.

Dr. David :

this can happen in some people.

Dr. David :

yes he should try another sleep aid and be monitored a bit longer before he needs dementia testing.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

hello?

Dr. David :

yes he should try another sleep aid and be monitored a bit longer before he needs dementia testing.

JACUSTOMER-m1w5b48u- :

Is it true that Ambient is being taken off the market? Is it true that Ambient can cause such side affects as hallutionations?

Dr. David :

ambien is not being taken off the market.

Dr. David :

however, it is known to cause hallucinations in some patients.

Dr. David :

and sometimes sleep walking, or cooking while sleep walking

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or eating while sleep walking.

Dr. David :

so it is a very weird drug which can have weird affects in some people.

Dr. David :

so just because your dad had an hallucination, does not mean he has dementia.

Dr. David :

it could very well be just a side effect of ambien.

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