Ambien

(zolpidem)

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5.1Ambien

Helps you sleep.

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Our bottom line

Ambien (zolpidem) aids in falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause side effects.

Quick facts about Ambien
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (zolpidem)
Prices and discounts
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    $14.64
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Upsides

  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Extended release form is particularly good for staying asleep, and you can use it for longer than the immediate release form.
  • Generic is available.
People’s experience with Ambien

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Downsides

  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming.
  • Some people find that Ambien (zolpidem) becomes less effective over time.
  • More likely to cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 10mg tablets
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$8.49
  • Price before coupon
    $14.64
  • Lowest price with coupon
    $8.49
  • Savings
    42%
How it works

Ambien (zolpidem) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It interacts with your brain to make you relaxed and sleepy.

Quick facts about Ambien
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (zolpidem)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
People’s experience with Ambien

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What to expect when you take Ambien (zolpidem) for Insomnia

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Side effect rates for Ambien (zolpidem)

1158 From clinical trials of Ambien / Insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Racing heart
  • Lightheadedness
  • Depression
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Rash
  • Dry mouth
  • Back pain

Risks and Warnings for Ambien (zolpidem)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more

    All prescription sleep-aid medicines in the same category as Ambien (zolpidem) have a risk of physical dependence. Dependence means that you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the medication all at once. Talk to your doctor about natural ways to improve sleep or treat underlying conditions that prevent sleep.

Common concerns from people taking Ambien (zolpidem)

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Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when taking Ambien (zolpidem).
  • Do not consume alcohol before taking this medication. You may not be yourself, or remember what you did.
Food
  • Works best without food -3 hours prior to sleep!!!
Kidneys and liver
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
Pain
  • Causes back pain while your asleep in weird positions.womt feel it till u wake up.
Sleep
  • Ambien (zolpidem) makes you feel drowsy and sleepy, potentially leading to falls and severe injuries. This is especially a risk if you're older. Falls from sleep medicines like Ambien (zolpidem) have caused severe injuries such as hip fractures and head injury. You may need a lower dose if you're taking other medications that also cause drowsiness. Check with your doctor first.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 8 hours.
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • I am a sleep tech and would never give someone this stuff. I took it a few times while trying to adjust to the night shift. I found out from my husband I was walking to the neighbors and having conversations, etc with absolutely no knowledg
  • The longer you have to have it for sleep at all the dosage just keeps going up. Beat insomnia med hands down.
  • The sleep inducing effect only seem to last roughly 1/2 hour to an hour. If I didnt fall asleep with in that time, it I felt intoxicated and had very minor hallucinations ("heat" waves for example) and no drowsy effect. Switched: Restoril.
Weight
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