I was abusing ambien, just wanting to sleep because of worrying about getting breast cancer and now I heard that ambien can actually cause breast cancer. I am off the ambien and cant sleep and still worried sick about the atypical lobular hyperplasia. Dont want to have a mascetomy. Any suggestions?
Dear Alley49: Breast neoplasm and breast changes have been reported in ambien trials as rare occurrences (less than 1 in 1,000). Whether or not these are related to ambien is unclear. Drug companies have to report any events that occur in trials – whether or not they are likely to be caused by the drug. If you are concerned about your breast cancer risk, you might meet with a medical breast specialist who can review your risk and make recommendations for surveillance. Abusing ambien is another matter all together and should be discussed with your primary care physician.
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