What is Ambien: Dosage, Side Effects

What is Ambien: Dosage, Side Effects

What is Ambien

Ambien (zolpidem) is a drug for Insomnia. A sedative that affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems insomnia (a sleep disorder that makes it difficult for you to go to sleep, stay asleep, or both).

The immediate-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. Your doctor will determine which form of Ambien is best for you.

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How to use Ambien

 Take AMBIEN exactly as prescribed. Only take 1 AMBIEN tablet a night if needed.  Do not take AMBIEN if you drank alcohol that evening or before bed.  You should not take AMBIEN with or right after a meal. AMBIEN may help you fall asleep faster if you take it on an empty stomach.  Call your healthcare provider if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem.

Ambien may not be safe for those who have: kidney disease; liver disease; lung disease such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep); myasthenia gravis; a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts; or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Who cannot use Ambien

People who are allergic to zolpidem or any other ingredients in Ambien (Ambien CR, Edluar, Zolpimist, or Intermezzo) cannot use it.

If you have a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts, a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, have kidney or liver disease, have a lung disease or breathing problems don’t use Ambien.

IF you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant. It is not known if AMBIEN will harm your unborn baby.

If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. AMBIEN can pass into your breast milk. It is not known if AMBIEN will harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while you take AMBIEN.

Do not give this medicine to anyone younger than 18 years of age.

Dosage of Ambien

The recommended initial dose is 5 mg for women and either 5 or 10 mg for men, taken only once per night immediately before bedtime with at least 7–8 hours remaining before the planned time of awakening. Use the lowest effective dose for the patient. If the 5 mg dose is not effective, the dose can be increased to 10 mg. In some patients, the higher morning blood levels following use of the 10 mg dose increase the risk of next day impairment of driving and other activities that require full alertness.

The total dose of AMBIEN should not exceed 10 mg once daily immediately before bedtime. Ambien should be taken as a single dose and should not be read ministered during the same night.

Drugs that interact with Ambien:

Taking Ambien with other drugs such as sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous or life-threatening side effects.

Some drugs can interact with zolpidem, making it less effective or increasing side effects. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.


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Side effects of Ambien

Getting out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing.

Abnormal thoughts and behavior. Symptoms include more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts or action.

Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness.

Memory loss


Swelling of the tongue or throat, and trouble breathing.




Grogginess or feeling as if you have been drugged.

Clumsiness or unsteadiness.



Difficulty with breathing.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting.


Fast heartbeat.

Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there.

Skin rash.

Swelling of the face.

Trouble sleeping.

Unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability.


Abdominal or stomach pain

Abnormal or decreased touch sensation

Abnormal sensation of movement

Appetite disorder

Balance disorder

Binge eating

Bladder pain

Bloody or cloudy urine

Blurred vision

Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

Change in hearing

Chest discomfort


Confusion about identity, place, and time


continuous ringing, buzzing, or other unexplained noise in the ears

Daytime drowsiness


Difficult, burning, or painful urination

Difficulty with moving

Difficulty with swallowing


Double vision

Drugged feeling

dry mouth


Eye redness

False or unusual sense of well-being

Feeling of unreality

Feeling sad or empty

Frequent bowel movements

Frequent urge to urinate


Hearing loss


Hives or welts

Itching ears

Joint pain

Lack of appetite

Lack of feeling or emotion

Lack or loss of self-control

Lack or loss of strength

Longer or heavier menstrual periods

Loss of balance

Loss of interest or pleasure

Memory problems

Mood swings

Muscle aches, cramping, pain, or stiffness


Nightmares or unusual dreams

Redness of the skin

Redness or soreness of the throat

Sense of detachment from self or body

Slowing of mental and physical activity


Stuffy or runny nose

Swollen joints


Trouble concentrating

Vision changes



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