Screenshot of the Official Ambien Web site

Official Ambien Web Site

Sanofi-Aventis, the company that owns Ambien, doesn't seem to be hiding anything from prospective prescribers on its Web site. Even with the slew of adverse effects, including risk of dependency, "complex behaviors" and temporary amnesia, the company lays it all out there for the public to see.

Among the things mentioned in the Web site's important safety information are:

Full Prescribing Information

It is only when you take a look at the pdf of its full prescribing information that you get a more in-depth explanation of what this all means.

Here are some additional explanations found in the full prescribing information:

General Warnings and Precautions
Abnormal Thinking and Behavior Changes
Risk of Dependency