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The Ambien Effect

Zolpidem, most commonly known by its brand name Ambien, is a prescription drug that is used to treat insomnia. It is commonly prescribed for a short period of time, approximately two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the patient’s insomnia. But aside from helping insomniacs get some needed rest, Ambien is known for one other thing.

Through years of being available for consumption, there has been a certain observation regarding an unexpected added effect of the drug Ambien. What we all know is that it helps us make sure we get a good night’s sleep. What we don’t know, and what the scientists who developed this probably did not expect, is that this drug also has the ability to normalize the functioning of certain types of damaged neurons in our brain. It all began in 1990 when it “awakened” a man who has been in a persistent vegetative state for three years. After ingesting a 10mg tablet of Ambien, he suddenly regained consciousness. Since then there have been reports of hundreds of other patients from all over the world who have experienced what they now call “The Ambien Effect”.

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