Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health

Ambien

(zolpidem)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health
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Helps you sleep.

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Ambien (Zolpidem) is good for falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause disturbing side effects.

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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.
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Downsides

  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming.
  • Some people find that it's 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, or lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
  • It's easy to become reliant on sleep medicines. In the long run, it's better to learn good sleeping habits and behavior so that you can sleep better naturally.
How it works

Ambien (Zolpidem) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it interacts with your brain to make you relaxed and sleepy.

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

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Side effect rates for Ambien (zolpidem)

313 From clinical trials of Ambien / Insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Allergy
  • Drugged feeling
  • Back pain
  • Sore throat
  • Lack of energy
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea

Risks and Warnings for Ambien (zolpidem)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more

    All prescription sleep-aid medicines like 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.
  • 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, or 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
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
  • Ambien (Zolpidem) make you feel drowsy and sleepy, leading to falls and severe injuries. This is especially a risk if your 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 medicine that affects your nervous system or have issues with falls in the past. Check with your doctor first.
  • 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.