Zolpidem (Ambien) Drug Uses, Doses, Side Effects & Information | RetailMeNot Rx Saver

Zolpidem, Generic for Ambien

Zolpidem is a sedative or hypnotic. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people who struggle with sleep problems such as insomnia.


Zolpidem is used for:

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (sleeping problems) in adults. It belongs to a group of medications called central nervous system depressants. These medications work by slowing down the nervous system to help you get to sleep faster and sleep through the night. Zolpidem is usually limited to short treatment periods of 1 to 2 weeks or less.


How to use Zolpidem:

Before using Zolpidem be sure to consult your doctor and consider the risks of taking the medicine. This is a decision you and your doctor will make.

Consider the following before using Zolpidem:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to Zolpidem or any other medicines. Also be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have other types of allergies, such as food, dyes, preservations or animals.

Pediatric

The safety and efficacy of zolpidem has not yet been established among children and therefore is not recommended for use in children.

Geriatric

There is no evidence that there are geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Zolpidem in the elderly. However, there are possible effects of Zolpidem such as confusion, dizziness and falling that are more likely to occur in elderly users.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, Zolpidem should only be used when absolutely needed. In some cases infants born to mothers who have taken sedative-hypnotic medications, such as Zolpidem, near the time of delivery may have undesirable effects such as breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms. A small amount of Zolpidem passes into breast milk, but pose minimal risk to the infant when used during breastfeeding. Consult the risks and benefits of taking taking Zolpidem with your doctor.

Dependence and Withdrawal

Zolpidem may be habit-forming and lead to dependency. Do not use more than the prescribed dose of Zolpidem and consult your doctor regularly to help monitor your medication intake. Withdrawal symptoms from Zolpidem may include irritability, sweating, tremors, fatigue abdominal cramps, rapid heart rate or breathing and rebound insomnia.

Other Medical Issues

Talk to your doctor before taking Zolpidem if you have any of the following medical issues:

  • Alcohol abuse,
  • Drug abuse or dependence
  • Depression
  • Lung disease or other breathing problems
  • Mental illness
  • Myasthenia gravis (muscle disease)
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems during sleep)
  • Liver disease

Instructions for use:

Use Zolpidem exactly as directed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed.

  • Take this medication mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor. Taking Zolpidem before or after a meal decreases how quickly the medication will work.
  • Zolpidem works quickly, so be sure to take it right before you go to bed.
  • Do not take Zolpidem unless you have time for a full night’s sleep of at least 7-8 hours.
  • Do not take Zolpidem if you have rank alcohol in the same evening.
  • Do not crush, chew or break the extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
  • Use this medicine only when you cannot sleep. You do not need to keep a regular schedule for taking it.

Zolpidem Side Effects:

Side effects can exist in all medicines, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. If any of these common side effects persist or become worrisome, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

Zolpidem Side Effects

  • Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness (especially in the day)
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Nasal irritation
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
Major Side Effects

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects when taking Zolpidem.

  • Loss of coordination
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Mental/mood/behavior changes (such as new or worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior or anxiety)

Zolpidem Prices:

Prices are for prescriptions for 30 tablets of 10mg:

Zolpidem: $6.94

Ambien: $510.04


Zolpidem Drug Images:

Zolpidem 12.5 MG

Zolpidem 12.5 MG

Zolpidem 6.25 MG

Zolpidem 6.25 MG

Zolpidem 6.25 MG

Zolpidem 6.25 MG

Zolpidem 10 MG

Zolpidem 10 MG

Zolpidem Alternatives:

Zaleplon (generic for sonata)
Eszopiclone (generic for eszopiclone)
Diazepam (generic for valium)


Zolpidem Patent Information:

Generic drugs don’t require patents, only brand name drugs do. Ambien’s patent as a drug product expires in December 1, 2019, while it’s patent for pediatric exclusivity expires June 1, 2020.


Zolpidem Warnings:

Zolpidem will add to the effects of alcohol and other central nervous system depressants that slow down the nervous system, which may cause drowsiness or make you less alert. So it is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Zolpidem.

If you develop any unusual and strange thoughts or behavior while you are taking this medication, consult with your doctor immediately. Some examples of behavior changes may be confusion, worsening of depression, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and unusual excitement nervousness or irritability.

Zolpidem may cause you to do things while you are still asleep that you may not remember the next morning. People have been known to drive a car, sleepwalk, make phone calls, prepare and eat food while you are asleep or not fully awake. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these things occur.

If you have been taking zolpidem for a long time, do not stop taking it without first consulting with your doctor. In many cases, you doctor gradually reduce the amount of zolpidem you are taking before completely stopping the medication in an effort to avoid unwanted side effects.

After taking zolpidem for insomnia, you may have difficulty sleeping (rebound insomnia) for the first few nights after you stop taking it.

Zolpidem may impair your thinking or reactions. You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking zolpidem, especially if you take the extended-release tablet, or if you are a woman. 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.

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 zolpidem.

Misuse of a habit-forming medication like Zolpidem can cause addiction, overdose or death. It is illegal to sell, give away or share Zolpidem.


If Overdose of Zolpidem is Suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Zolpidem:

Zolpidem should be stored at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Zolpidem out of the reach of children and away from pets.

The information provided by LowestMed is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to be medical advice. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Discuss all medical related decisions with your physician, before adjusting anything related to your health care.