Ambien

(zolpidem)

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1375 reviewsforAmbien
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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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    $14.55
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    $8.49
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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.

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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.

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Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 10mg tablets
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$8.49
  • Price before coupon
    $14.55
  • 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)

From 1158 clinical trials of Ambien when taken for insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Allergic reactions
  • Sinus infection
  • Dry mouth
  • Back pain
  • Lack of energy
  • Drugged feeling
  • Diarrhea

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).
  • Reviewed Ambienon 7/2/2016Do not consume alcohol before taking this medication. You may not be yourself, or remember what you did.
    37
    Man
    Insomnia (short-term treatment)
  • Reviewed Ambienon 9/20/2017It worked very well for me for 15 years, but I don't drink alcohol. Most people I know that had a problem with ambien also drank wine and beer. Dr will no longer prescribe because I'm over 65. Taken Tramadol and Restirol neither work as well. Its very sad when they put everyone in the same box. I also have sleep paralysis.
    67
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Insomnia (long-term treatment)
Food
  • Reviewed Ambienon 8/23/2015Works best without food -3 hours prior to sleep!!!
    52
    Man
    Insomnia (long-term treatment)
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
  • Reviewed Ambienon 9/8/2016Causes back pain while your asleep in weird positions.womt feel it till u wake up.
    24
    Man
    Insomnia (short-term treatment)
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.
  • Reviewed Ambienon 1/24/2017didn't make me sleep all night- but was great for nighttime anxiety. I would wake up in the middle of the night (on the clock), let my dog out to pee, and go back to sleep.
    22
    Woman
    Insomnia (short-term treatment)
  • Reviewed Ambienon 7/24/2016I 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
    40
    Woman
    Insomnia (short-term treatment)
  • Reviewed Ambienon 8/12/2016The longer you have to have it for sleep at all the dosage just keeps going up. Beat insomnia med hands down.
    33
    Woman
    Insomnia (short-term treatment)
Weight
  • Reviewed Ambienon 8/5/2017Gain weight
    61
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Insomnia (long-term treatment)