Naked Side Effects of Ambien

I believe this could be a new protocol for cardiac stress testing.
sleepwalkerRecently on the late shift, the nurses on the telemetry unit were alerted to an elderly female patient who was having tachycardia. Her heart rate had been steady at around 80, but for no clear reason it accelerated to about 150 beats per minute. The charge nurse walked quickly over to investigate.
The patient noted that she had been having some insomnia, so she decided to read her romance novel. Suddenly, she had a very realistic hallucination.
“What did you see dear?” asked the nurse.
“Well, it was a very good looking man, who just walked into my room and asked where the grocery store was. And, he was . . . completely naked.” She admitted.
The nurse reassured the patient that it was nothing, and tucked her back into bed, and then chuckled her way back to the nurses station. A few minutes later while doing some charting, she was surprised to see another patient standing in front of the counter. It was a 40 year old man admitted for gallstones. He had been given a dose of Ambien for sleep about an hour before.
“Excuse me, can you show me where the grocery store is?” asked the man.
“I certainly can,” said the nurse, who then gently walked the sleepwalking (and completely naked) patient back to his room.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

WarmSocks 11.11.09 at 7:33 pm

Glad to see you posting again.

Medblog Addict 11.13.09 at 8:35 pm

Dang. I didn’t get to see any good looking nekkid men when I was in the hospital. Glad to see you are back.

katie 11.13.09 at 10:14 pm

this happens alot! usually more with elderly. not sure why but they always seem to be naked and looking for something! gotta love ambien!

sissy 11.17.09 at 3:53 pm

cute story. I’m and ER nurse and i know these things can happen.

storytellerdoc 11.20.09 at 4:22 pm


Great story. I have a similar one to that, only it wasn’t ambien, it was alcohol.

Just started my blog yesterday. I’ll be following yours.

storytellerdoc 11.25.09 at 7:20 am

Love the naked man and Ambien. It could have been me! LOL Check out my blog today, similar story…only alcohol.

Thanks, keep up the good work.

mommy-medic 11.26.09 at 2:16 pm

So…..where was the….ahem….grocery store? :D

Guzzo 12.16.09 at 7:34 am

I guess Tiger now has a good excuse for his behavior.

online medical advice 01.31.11 at 6:12 pm

nice story… i’m a medic and i know that is happend some time.

Steve 03.20.11 at 8:41 pm

I was using Ambien to help me sleep. I discovered Ambien was causing me to be susceptible to migraines. I also noticed that if I took an additional dose of Ambien upon waking in the middle of the night, a nasty headache or migraine was certain. After switching to Lunesta, I have much fewer migraines. When I feel a migraine coming on, I will take 400 mg of ibupropen and lay down with an ice pack on my head. Usually within 30 minutes after taking the ibupropen and applying the ice pack, most of my migraine is relieved.

Jeff 08.04.11 at 5:06 pm

Ambien triggers migrane in me too. And I have been told that I have been romantic under the infleunce. Dont remember!! When I get migrane it is the ice pack for me too, and excedrine. Works every time.

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