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Health Check: The actual side effects of Ambien

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Many are still talking about "Roseanne" being cancelled, and the actress defending herself on Twitter.

Roseanne Barr seemed to blame the tweet storm that got the show cancelled on the sleeping drug, Ambien.

Her tweet said, "I think Joe Rogan is right about ambien. Not giving excuses for what I did (tweeted) But I've done weird stuff while on ambien-cracked eggs on the wall at 2 am etc."

To clarify, people use Ambien to treat insomnia.

There are documented side effects according to FDA-approved labeling: abnormal thinking, hallucinations, confusion, and aggression.

The drug has been linked to amnesia in some case reports.

Lee Hughes is a nurse practitioner with LPA Sleep Wellness Center in Lynchburg.

She said side effects are very rare and most happen when Ambien is mixed with alcohol or other drugs.

"This is out there in the media and I don't want people who are prescribed Ambien from their physician to all of a sudden throw it out the window and say 'oh my gosh, I can never do this,'" Hughes said.

Hughes said they also don't prescribe Ambien to people with addiction issues.

Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, ended up weighing in on the whole situation in the tweet below.


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