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Ambien

This page contains drug information on Ambien.
The information provided includes the following:

  • what is Ambien
  • the possible side effects of Ambien
  • what happens if you miss a dose of Ambien
  • what happens if you overdose with Ambien
  • the most important information about Ambien
  • how to use Ambien
  • other drugs that may affect Ambien
  • what to avoid while using Ambien

 

 
 

Generic Name: zolpidem (zole PI dem)
Brand Names: Ambien, Ambien CR


 
What is the most important information I should know about zolpidem?
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Zolpidem will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities. Zolpidem should be taken just before bedtime. You may experience some carryover effects the next day.
Do not drink alcohol while taking zolpidem. Alcohol will increase drowsiness and may increase dizziness while you are taking zolpidem, which could be dangerous.
Do not stop taking zolpidem suddenly if you have been taking it for more than 1 or 2 weeks. This may cause withdrawal symptoms and make you uncomfortable. Talk to your doctor if you need to stop treatment with zolpidem.
Do not crush, chew, or break the controlled-release zolpidem tablets. Swallow the controlled-release tablets whole.
 

What is zolpidem?
Zolpidem is in a class of drugs called sedative/ hypnotics or sleep medications. Zolpidem affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause insomnia.
Zolpidem induces sleep and causes relaxation. It is used to treat sleep disorders such as trouble falling asleep, waking up many times during the night, or waking up too early in the morning. Zolpidem is for short-term use only--usually 7 to 10 days. Longer-term use must be monitored closely by a doctor.
Zolpidem may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking zolpidem?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you
       · have kidney disease;
       · have liver disease;
       · have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; or
       · are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.
You may not be able to take zolpidem, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Zolpidem is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not take zolpidem without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
Zolpidem passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you are over 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from zolpidem. You may require a lower dose of this medication.
Zolpidem is not approved by the FDA for use by children younger than 18 years of age.
 

How should I take zolpidem?
Take zolpidem exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Take zolpidem just before you go to bed. It will make you drowsy, and you could fall and hurt yourself if you take your dose before you are ready for sleep.
Take zolpidem only if you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again.
Do not take more of this medication than is prescribed for you.
Do not stop taking zolpidem suddenly if you have been taking it for more than 1 or 2 weeks. This may cause withdrawal symptoms and make you uncomfortable. Talk to your doctor if you need to stop treatment with zolpidem.
Do not crush, chew, or break the controlled-release zolpidem tablets. Swallow the controlled-release tablets whole.
Store zolpidem at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
 

What happens if I miss a dose?
Since zolpidem is usually taken only if you need it to help you sleep, missing a dose will not cause any problems. Take the missed dose only if you can be sure that you will get 7 or 8 full hours of sleep after the dose. If you do not sleep for 7 or 8 full hours, you may experience carryover effects from zolpidem after you wake up.
 

What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a zolpidem overdose may include sleepiness, confusion, dizziness, difficult or slow breathing, and unconsciousness.
 

What should I avoid while taking zolpidem?
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Zolpidem will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities. Zolpidem should be taken just before bedtime. You may experience some carryover effects the next day.
Do not drink alcohol while taking zolpidem. Alcohol will increase drowsiness and may increase dizziness while you are taking zolpidem, which could be dangerous.
Avoid other sedatives, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers, including over-the-counter preparations. They should not be used while you are taking zolpidem unless your doctor directs otherwise.
 

What are the possible side effects of zolpidem?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking zolpidem and seek emergency medical attention:
       · an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; hives); or
       · hallucinations, abnormal behavior, or severe confusion.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take zolpidem and talk to your doctor if you experience
       · headache, drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness;
       · nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation;
       · depression;
       · muscle aches or pains;
       · vivid or abnormal dreams; or
       · amnesia (memory loss) after a dose.
A problem that may occur when sleep medicines are stopped is known as "rebound insomnia." This means that a person may have more trouble sleeping the first few nights after the medicine is stopped than before starting the medicine. If you should experience rebound insomnia, do not get discouraged. This problem usually goes away on its own after 1 or 2 nights
Zolpidem is habit forming. Stopping this medication suddenly can cause withdrawal effects if you have taken it continuously for several weeks. Talk to your doctor about the safe use of this medication.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
 

What other drugs will affect zolpidem?
Zolpidem may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, other sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine unless your doctor approves.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with zolpidem. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
 

Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about zolpidem written for health professionals that you may read.

 


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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