What is Ambien Zolpidem 10mg?
Ambien Zolpidem 10mg is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomnia).
Ambien Zolpidem 10mg is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release forms are Ambien, Intermezzo, Edluar, and Zolpimist, which are used to help you fall asleep. The extended-release form of zolpidem is 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.
Ambien, Edluar, and Zolpimist are used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. Intermezzo, is used to help you fall back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night and then have trouble sleeping.
Your doctor will determine which form of zolpidem is best for you.
Before taking Ambien Zolpidem 10mg medicine
Some people using zolpidem have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking Ambien Zolpidem 10mg and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to zolpidem. The tablets may contain lactose. Use caution if you are sensitive to lactose.
Ambien Zolpidem 10mg is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts;
- drug or alcohol addiction;
- lung disease or breathing problems;
- sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep); or
- liver or kidney disease.
Taking zolpidem in the last 3 months of pregnancy may cause drowsiness or breathing problems in your newborn.
It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
How should I take Ambien Zolpidem 10mg?
The recommended doses of zolpidem are not the same in men and women, and this drug is not approved for use in children.
Take zolpidem exactly as prescribed by your doctor, Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to take more or increase your dose.
Zolpidem may be habit-forming. Misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.
Never take Ambien, Edluar, or Zolpimist if you do not have a full 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again.
Do not take Intermezzo for middle-of-the-night insomnia unless you have 4 hours of sleep time left before being active.
Zolpidem 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.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Keep the Zolpimist bottle upright when not in use.
Do not stop using zolpidem suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Insomnia symptoms may also return after you stop taking zolpidem, and may be even worse than before. Call your doctor if you still have worsened insomnia after the first few nights without taking zolpidem.
What happens if I miss a dose of the sleeping pill ?
Since zolpidem is taken only at bedtime if needed, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of zolpidem can be fatal, especially when it is taken together with other medications that can cause drowsiness.
Overdose symptoms may include sleepiness, confusion, shallow breathing, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking zolpidem?
Avoid taking zolpidem during travel, such as to sleep on an airplane. You may be awakened before the effects of the medicine have worn off. Amnesia (forgetfulness) is more common if you do not get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep after taking this medicine.
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how zolpidem will affect you. You may still feel sleepy in the morning, and your reactions could be impaired. Wait until you are fully awake before you drive, operate machinery, pilot an airplane, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Do not take this medicine if you have consumed alcohol during the day or just before bed.
Zolpidem side effects
Zolpidem may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking this medicine and get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to zolpidem: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Zolpidem dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Insomnia:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE (IR) TABLET, ORAL SPRAY, and SUBLINGUAL TABLET (EDLUAR):
-Initial Dose: 5 mg (Women) OR 5 mg or 10 mg (Men)
-Maintenance Dose: The dose may be increased to 10 mg if the 5 mg dose is not effective.
-Maximum Dose: 10 mg once a day.
-Duration of Therapy: The clinical trials in support of efficacy were 4 to 5 weeks in duration.
CONTROLLED/EXTENDED RELEASE (CR/ER) TABLET:
-Initial Dose: 6.25 mg (Women) OR 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg (Men)
-Maintenance Dose: The dose may be increased to 12.5 mg if the 6.25 mg dose is not effective.
-Maximum Dose: 12.5 mg once a day.
-Duration of Therapy: The clinical trials in support of efficacy were up to 3 and 24 weeks in duration.
SUBLINGUAL TABLET (INTERMEZZO):
-Initial and Maximum Dose: 1.75 mg (Women) OR 3.5 mg (Men)
Comments: The recommended initial doses for women and men are different due to the lower rate of drug clearance in females.
-IR Tablet, Oral Spray, and Sublingual Tablet (Edluar): Short-term treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep initiation.
-CR/ER Tablet: Treatment of insomnia characterized by difficulties with sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance (as measured by wake time after sleep onset).
-Sublingual Tablet (Intermezzo): As needed treatment of insomnia when a middle-of-the-night awakening is followed by difficulty returning to sleep.
Usual Geriatric Dose for Insomnia:
-IMMEDIATE RELEASE TABLET, ORAL SPRAY, and SUBLINGUAL TABLET (EDLUAR): 5 mg
-EXTENDED RELEASE TABLET: 6.25 mg
-SUBLINGUAL TABLET (INTERMEZZO): Men and Women Over the Age of 65 Years: 1.75 mg
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