Uses, dosages & side effects
What is Ambien and why it is used?
Ambien is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be imbalanced in people with sleep problems such as insomnia.
Ambien is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release tablet helps you fall asleep when you first go to bed. The extended-release tablet, Ambien CR, has a first layer that melts quickly to help you fall asleep and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you continue to sleep.
Zolpidem is used for a short time to treat a certain sleep disorder (insomnia) in adults. If you cannot fall sleep easily and have trouble in getting a good night’s sleep, it helps you fall asleep faster so you can get a better night’s rest. Zolpidem belongs to a category of medicines which is called sedative-hypnotics. It works on your brain to have a calming effect.
Your doctor will decide which form of Ambien is best for you.
Severe allergic reaction may be caused by Zolpidem. You should stop taking Ambien and seek medical help if you notice signs of an allergic reaction like hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
You should immediately tell your doctor about any new or worsening symptoms such as: Depression, anxiety, aggression, restlessness, confusion, unusual thoughts, hallucinations, memory problems, personality changes, risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger, or thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
Stop taking this medication and call your doctor immediately if you experience
- Chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling short of breath;
- Trouble in breathing or swallowing; or
- Feeling like you might pass out.
In older adults, the sedative effect of Ambien may be stronger.
Dizziness or severe drowsiness can lead to falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
Common Ambien side effects include:
Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling “drugged” or light-headed;
Tired feeling, loss of coordination;
Stuffy nose, dry mouth, nose or throat irritation;
Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach; or
Headache, muscle pain.
Serious side effects of taking Ambien include:
If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above get medical help right away. You should let your doctor know if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
However, the above-mentioned side effects are not all the possible side effects of Ambien. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you take Zolpidem, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. Ambien contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. To know about the medicine in details, talk to your pharmacist.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially: Kidney disease, liver disease, mental problems (such as depression, suicidal thoughts), personal or family history of substance abuse (such as excessive use of or dependence on drugs/alcohol), personal or family history of sleepwalking, lung/breathing problems (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, sleep apnea), a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis).
You may feel the effects of this medicine even after you wake up the next day. If you have not slept 7 to 8 hours or have taken other medicines that have made you sleepy, or if you are more sensitive to this medicine, you may feel conscious but not be able to think clearly enough to drive. You may also experience light-headedness, blurred or double vision. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) may increase the feeling of dizziness. Wait at least 8 hours after taking this medication before driving, and do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything that requires your attention until you can do it safely. This medicine may also increase the risk of falls. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Inform your doctor if you use marijuana (cannabis).
his medicine may have a more sensitive side effects on children, especially dizziness and hallucinations.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness, confusion, restlessness, and excessive sleepiness. These side effects in adults may increase the danger of falls.
Before undergoing surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all products you are using (including prescription and non-prescription medicines and herbal products).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when needed. Babies of mothers who took this medication during the last 3 months of pregnancy may develop unusual sleepiness, breathing problems, unusual floppiness, or withdrawal symptoms. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice unusual symptoms in your newborn. Before using this medicine, you should discuss its risks and benefits with your doctor.
A small amount of this medication passes into breast milk and may have adverse effects on a nursing infant (such as unusual sleepiness, difficulty breathing, or unusual floppiness). Seek medical attention right away if you notice any unusual symptoms in your baby. Ask your doctor whether you should avoid breastfeeding during treatment and for 23 hours after a dose of this medicine to reduce the risk of these effects in your baby. Talk to your doctor before you breastfeed.
How to take Ambien pill
Ambien is used for the treatment of patients suffering from insomnia. The medicine must be taken very carefully. Follow the instructions below on how to take the Ambien pill.
- Ambien must be taken under a doctor’s direction or guidance. Follow carefully all the directions mentioned on your prescription. Never take this pill for longer than prescribed by your doctor or in larger amounts.
- Never share this medicine with others, even if they have similar symptoms just like you have. The recommended doses of Ambien are not similar for men and women. This pill is also not approved for use in children. Misuse of this medicine can cause severe side effects.
- Do not take this pill if you do not have a proper 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
- This medicine is for short term use only. If your insomnia symptoms do not improve, call your doctor immediately. Also, if you have taken Ambien sleeping pill for 7 to 10 nights in a row and your insomnia symptoms get worse tell your doctor immediately.
- Never take this medicine for longer than 4 or 5 weeks without the advice of your doctor.
- To avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, never stop using this pill suddenly after long-term use.
- After you have stopped taking this medicine, your insomnia symptoms may return and maybe even worse than before. Consult your doctor immediately in such a situation arises.
- Swallow the whole pill. Do not break, crush, or chew an Ambien CR tablet.
- Do not freeze the Ambien pill. Always store the pill at room temperature away from heat, and moisture.
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What happens if you miss a dosage of Ambien?
Ambien tablets should be taken only at bedtime or as directed by your doctor. If you miss a dose then take the medicine only if you have time to sleep for 7 to 8 hours after taking the pill.
What happens if you overdose?
An overdose of Ambien can be very dangerous or at times life-threatening, especially when it is taken along with other medicines that can cause drowsiness. The overdose symptoms may include sleepiness, shallow breathing, fainting, feeling light-headed, confusion, or coma. During such situations seek emergency medical help or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
When to avoid Ambien?
Do not take this medicine during travel. You may wake up before the effects of Ambien have worn off. Amnesia is more common if you do not get a proper 7 to 8 hours of sleep after taking this medicine.
If you have to drive or if you have to indulge in hazardous activity it is better to avoid this medicine since you do not know how Ambien will affect you. But, if you need to take this medicine, wait until you are fully awake before you drive, or do anything that needs you to be awake and alert.
Taking Ambien and alcohol together is bad. Avoid taking Ambien if you have consumed alcohol during the day or just before bed.
How to buy Ambien online?
Ambien can be purchased online. If you use an online pharmacy service you might be able to get your medicines delivered right to your doorstep. Several licensed US pharmacies sell Ambien online at a discounted price and deliver the medicines to your home for free. However, a verified prescription from a doctor is necessary to buy Ambien online. Online pharmacies are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. So, you can order the medicine over the internet whenever it is convenient for you.
If you want to buy Ambien online, 48 Hour Pills, a registered pharmacy, is the right place for you. The online pharmacy sells the medicine, allowing you to purchase the drug from the convenience of your home. However, Ambien should be bought only from licensed and reliable online pharmacies selling the medicine.