Ambien
Last Edited: April 17th, 2012

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Ambien or zolpidem tartrate is a sedative, which is a short-term hypnotic treatment for adults with insomnia or sleep problems.

Ambien is prescribed in 5 mg tablets in immediate and slow release forms and is controlled by the FDA.

Important Information about Ambien

  • Ambien affects your thinking and responsiveness levels and you may not remember getting out of bed the previous night and doing activities. These include driving a car, sleep walking, preparing and eating foods or talking on the phone. Stop taking Ambien and call your doctor if you have any of these experiences.
  • Ambien should be taken just before going to bed and only as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Never take Ambien if you drink alcohol, are unable to sleep for 7-8 hours fully or you are taking other medications that may make you feel sleepy.
  • If you take Ambien, you may have extreme allergic reactions, including breathing problems, hives and swelling of lips, tongue, throat or face. Contact your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Before You Take Ambien

  • If you are allergic to zolpidem and lactose ingredients, avoid taking Ambien
  • Memory loss of activities such as driving, making calls and eating is possible after taking Ambien
  • Tell your doctor about all prescription and nonprescription medications that you are taking
  • Inform your doctor about your health problems, especially if you have liver or kidney disease, alcohol addiction or mental illness.

How Should I Take Ambien?

  • Follow the exact prescription directions and instructions printed on the label and given by your doctor.
  • Do not increase or reduce the amounts prescribed.
  • Only take Ambien if you can have 7-8 hours of sleep before you get involved in other activities.
  • If symptoms worsen or sleep problems continue after taking Ambien for 7-10 successive nights, contact your doctor.
  • Do not take Ambien for over 4-5 weeks, without getting your doctor’s approval.
  • Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking Ambien after using it for a long time.
  • Take Ambien tablets whole and do not chew, crush, break or freeze them.

What Happens if I Miss a Dose?

Since Ambien is taken as needed, there is no dosing schedule.

What Happens if I Overdose?

Overdosing may be fatal, especially when Ambien is taken with other medications. Get emergency treatment immediately by calling your doctor or the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Some symptoms may include fainting, lightheadedness, difficulty breathing and sleepiness.

What Should I Avoid Taking with Ambien?

The morning after taking Ambien, your thoughts and responsiveness may be impaired. You should avoid:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Operating airplane or machinery
  • Doing activities that require alertness and responsiveness
  • Sleeping while you travel as you may awaken before time and feel confused and show signs of forgetfulness

Ambien Side Effects

You may experience severe allergic reactions as well as serious symptoms such as chest pains, irregular heartbeat and breathing problems. Stop using the medication and contact your doctor if you have any of these signs.

Less serious symptoms may include:

  • Feeling lightheaded, dizzy, uncoordinated
  • Diarrhea, constipation, nausea
  • Muscle pain, headache
  • Dryness of throat, mouth and stuffy nose or sore throat.

Ambien Dosing Information

Ambien is for adults and dosage for the immediate release tablet is 10 mg for about 7-10 days. For geriatric dosages, take 5 mg daily for the immediate release and 6.25 mg for the controlled release. Take Ambien medications orally, once daily before bedtime.

What Other Drugs will Affect Ambien?

Inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking to avoid drug interaction. Some drugs that may affect Ambien include chloropromazine, Zoloft, Nizoral and antidepressants.