What is Ambien (Zolpidem)
Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems insomnia). It is used to treat insomnia. The immediate release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. The extended-release form, Ambien CR, which has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep.
What is the most important information i should know about Ambien (Zolpidem)
- Do not take more AMBIEN than prescribed.
- Do not take AMBIEN unless you are able to stay in bed a full night (7 to 8 hours) beforeyou must be active again.
- Take AMBIEN right before you get in bed, not sooner.
AMBIEN may cause serious side effects which includes:
- complex sleep behaviors that have causedserious injury and death. After taking AMBIEN, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing (complex sleep behaviors). The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night. These activities may occur with AMBIEN whether or not you drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy. Reported activities include:
- driving a car (“sleep-driving”)
- making and eating food
- talking on the phone
- having sex
Do not take AMBIEN if you:
- have ever experienced a complex sleep behavior (such as driving a car, making and eating food, talking on the phone, or having sex while not being fully awake) after taking AMBIEN.
- drank alcohol that evening or before bed
- took another medicine to help you sleep
Quick note about Ambien:
- Do not take AMBIEN if you are allergic to zolpidem or any other ingredients in AMBIEN. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in AMBIEN.
- Do not take AMBIEN if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as Ambien CR, Edluar, Zolpimist, or Intermezzo.
Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to zolpidem can include: swelling of your face, lips, and throat that may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing.
How should i take Ambien(Zolpidem)
Zolpidem may be habit-forming. Misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death.
Store AMBIEN at room temperature, 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have. The recommended doses of Ambien are not the same in men and women, and this drug is not approved for use in children. Misuse of this medication can result in dangerous side effects.
Never take this medicine if you do not have a full 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again.
Ambien is for short-term use only. Tell your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after using this medication for 7 to 10 nights in a row. Do not take this medicine for longer than 4 or 5 weeks without your doctor’s advice.