There are lawsuits against Ambien‘s manufacturer, Sanofi Aventis, filed by patients who experienced the drug’s negative adverse effects including sleepwalking, which is linked to a notable number of car accidents.

Ambien (generic name zolpidem), is an FDA approved medication that belongs to sedative-hypnotic drug classification use to temporarily address insomnia. Aside from sleepwalking, binge eating and even suicidal thoughts are allegedly among Ambien’s side effects. Other Ambient patients also showed behavior abnormalities, worsened depression, memory loss, dizziness, anxiety, binge eating and grogginess. Those patients who were hit by Ambien’s side effects, may be eligible to file a complaint against the manufacturer and be entitled to compensation.

A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2013 stated that hospital visits linked to Ambien consumption have increased by 220% in the past few years.

Government health officials had already warned the public that all prescription sleeping medications may cause “sleep” driving. Ambien and other drugs of this class are already linked to serious road accidents in past years.

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On a report on the Huffington Post in January 2014, two women, on different occasions, woke up in police stations with no recollection whatsoever why they had car accidents. On another accident, Lee Turner, a dentist from Las Vegas remembered driving his Ford Escape into a light pole; however, he was unable to explain how he had come driving to a certain direction that very midnight on November 20, 2013. It then struck him that it was because of Ambien and he noted: “Be very careful before taking Ambien, which is linked to a number of oddball side effects, including “sleep driving.”

Patients who have taken Ambien, most specifically those who experienced sleep driving that led to accidents, are encouraged to contact an attorney about the possibility of filing a complaint against the drug’s manufacturer. You may be eligible for compensation.