Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative, also called hypnotic. Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomnia).
Ambien is used to treat insomnia. An immediate release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. Ambien CR Extended Release Form, which has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that slowly dissolves to help you sleep.
Your doctor will determine which form of Ambien is best for you.
Ambien may harm your thinking or reactions. You may still feel sleepy in the morning after taking this medicine, especially if you are taking an extended-release tablet or if you are a woman. Wait at least 4 hours or until you wake up before you do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Zolpidem causes a strong allergic reaction. Stop taking this medicine and receive emergency medical care if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; labored breathing; Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
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Do not use this drug to another person, even if you have the same symptoms as you. The recommended doses of zolpidem are not the same in men and women, and this drug is not approved for use in children. Improper use of this medication can lead to dangerous side effects.
Some people who use this medicine do activities such as driving, eating, walking, phone calls, or sex, and lack of memory about the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking Ambien and talk with your doctor about another treatment for a sleep disorder.
Do not take this medicine if you have consumed alcohol during the day or before bedtime.
Zolpidem can be a familiar formation. Keep the medicine in a place where others cannot reach it.
Ambien can cause a serious allergic reaction. Stop taking Ambien and get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to zolpidem: hives; labored breathing; Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: depression, anxiety, aggression, agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts, hallucinations, memory problems, changes in personality, risky behavior, reduced inhibitions, lack of fear of danger or thoughts of Suicide or harm yourself.
Stop using Ambien and see a doctor immediately if you have:
- Chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling short of breath;
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing;
- Feeling that you can disappear.
Ambien’s common side effects may include:
- Daytime sleepiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling of “medicine” or lightheadedness;
- Fatigue, loss of coordination;
- Nasal congestion, dry mouth, irritation of the nose or throat;
- Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion;
- Headache, muscle pain.
This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Ask your doctor about side effects. You can report FDA side effects at 1-800-FDA-1088.