While Ambien itself will not show up in a urine drugs test, it has been known to cause a false positive result for benzodiazepines (drugs such as Xanax and Valium). It is not a benzodiazepine but it does share some pharmacological properties. Ambien is rapidly eliminated from the body and is usually undetectable within 6-14 hours.
Ambien is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia and for some brain disorders. It is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It causes relaxation and helps you to fall and stay asleep.
The side effects of Ambien can include depression, decreased inhibitions, hallucinations and aggression. Consult your doctor at once if you experience any of these. Lesser side effects can include forgetfulness, blurred vision, vivid dreams and lack or co-ordination.
You must tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking, especially antidepressants, rifampin, chlorpromazine and itraconazole. Even over-the-counter medications and herbal products can interact with Ambien.
You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Ambien after taking it for several days in a row. These can include stomach pain, muscle cramps, behaviour changes and panic attacks. Do not stop taking it suddenly without consulting your doctor.