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What is Ambien?
Ambien (zolpidem) is a tranquilizer also called a hypnotic.
Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be unstable in people with sleep problems, insomnia.
Ambien is used to cure insomnia. The instant-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep.
Your doctor will decide which form of Ambien is best for you.
You should not use take Ambien if you are allergic to it or if you have ever taken sleep medication and engaged in the activity you later don’t remember. Ambien tablets may contain lactose. Take care if you are sensitive to lactose.
It is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Consult your doctor if you have ever had:
- kidney disease
- breathing disorder
- depression, mental illness
- alcohol addiction
- sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep) or
- myasthenia gravis.
Taking ambien in the last three months of pregnancy may cause or breathing problems in your newborn.
It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medication. Ask your doctor about any risk.
The sedative effects of it may be stronger in older adults. Suddenly falls are common in elderly patients who take sedatives. Use awareness to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking this medication.
What to know before taking Ambien?
Some people using ambien have intended inactivity such as eating, driving, walking, making calls later having no memory activity. If this occurs to you, stop taking this medicine and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
It is not to use ambien if you have allergic to ambien. The tablet may contain lactose. Use care if you are sensitive to it.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- depression, mental illness
- suicidal thoughts
- drug addiction
- sleep apnea
- kidney problems
Taking it in the pregnancy of last month may cause breathing problems or drowsiness in your newborn.
It is not safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
How to take Ambien?
Take ambien same as advice by your doctor. Follow all directions on your instruction label. Never use this medication in larger amounts or for longer than advised.
The recommended dose of zolpidem is not the same in men and women, and this drug is not approved for use in children.
Read all the information, medication guides, and instruction sheet provided to you. Call your doctor if you have any quire.
Zolpidem may be habit-forming. Misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Giving or selling away this medicine is against the law.
Don’t share this medicine 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. Improper use of this medication can result in dangerous side effects.
Never use this medicine if you have full 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again.
It is used for short-term use only. Ask your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve or if they get worse after using this medication. Don’t take this medicine for longer than 4 to 5 weeks without your doctor’s advice.
Don’t stop using ambien suddenly after you stop taking ambien, and it may be even worse than before. Ask your doctor if you still have worsened insomnia for the first few nights after you stop taking this medicine.
Do not crush, chew or break the CR tablet. Swallow the pill whole.
Keep at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Do not freeze.
Generic name :ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 5 mg
Dosage form: tablet, film coated
Dosage in adults
Use the lower effective dose for the patient. The recommended initial dose is 5mg for women and either 5 to 10mg for men, taken only once daily night immediately before bedtime with at least 7-8 hours remaining before the time of awaking. If the 5 mg dosage is not practical, the dose can be increased to 10mg dose increase the risk of the next day’s disable of driving and other activities that require full alertness. The total amount of ambien should not be taken exceed 10mg once daily immediately before bedtime.
Call the emergency medical attention or call the poison helpline 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of it can be severe, especially when it is taken together with other medicines that can cause drowsiness.
Overdosing symptoms may include confusion, breathing, feeling light-headed, or coma.
What to avoid while using Ambien?
Avoid taking ambien during travel, such as the sleep on an airplane. You may be awakened before the effect of the medicine has worn off.
Avoid doing a hazardous activity until you know how ambien will affect you.
Ambien side effects
It may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop using ambien and get emergency medical help if you sign an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing: swelling of your tongue or throat.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as depression, anxiety, aggression, confusion, hallucination, memory problems, changes in personality, risk-taking behaviors, decreased inhibitors, no fear of danger, or thought of suicide or hurting yourself.
Stop this medication and call your doctor at once if you had:
- fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain feeling short of breath:
- feeling like you might pass out.
Common ambien side effects may include:
- loss of coordination
- dizziness weakness
- tired feeling, loss of coordination
- nausea, upset stomach
- muscle pain.
What drugs can interact with Ambien?
Using Ambien with another drug that makes you drowsy can worsen this effect. Consult with your doctor before using opioid medication, sleeping pills, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.
Many drugs can interact with it making it less effective or increasing side effects. This includes over-the-medicines vitamins and herbal products.