Ambien is used to treat a certain sleep problem (insomnia) in adults. If you have trouble falling
asleep, it helps you fall asleep faster, so you can get a better night’s rest. Zolpidem belongs to a
class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect.
If you want to take this medicine, you have to use the instructions before taking this. Take this
medication by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor, usually once a night.
Since zolpidem works quickly, take it right before you get into bed. Do not take it with or after a
meal because it will not work as quickly.
Do not take a dose of this drug unless you have time for a full night’s sleep of at least 7 to 8
hours. If you have to wake up before that, you may have some memory loss and may have
trouble safely doing any activity that requires alertness, such as driving or operating machinery.
Ambien may impair your thinking or reactions. You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking
this medicine, especially if you take the extended-release tablet, or if you are a woman.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to zolpidem. The tablets may contain
lactose. Use caution if you are sensitive to lactose. It is dangerous to try and purchase Ambien
on the Internet or from vendors outside of the United States. Medications distributed from
Internet sales may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed
In January 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lowered the recommended dose for
Ambien, Edluar, and Zolpimist. If you have taken zolpidem in the past, your doctor may direct
you to take a lower dose of this medicine than you did before.
Insomnia symptoms may also return after you stop taking Ambien. These symptoms may seem
to be even worse than before you started taking the medication. Call your doctor if you still have
worsened insomnia after the first few nights without taking zolpidem.
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