Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have. The recommended doses of zolpidem are not the same in men and women, and this drug is not approved for use in children. Misuse of this medication can result in dangerous side effects.
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Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the medicine. Do not stop using Ambien suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Do not take this medicine if you have consumed alcohol during the day or just before bed.
Common Ambien side effects may include:
tired feeling, loss of coordination;
Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems insomnia).
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. Ambien may impair your thinking or reactions. 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.
sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep); myasthenia gravis;
Call your doctor if you still have worsened insomnia after the first few nights without taking zolpidem. These symptoms may seem to be even worse than before you started taking the medication. Insomnia symptoms may also return after you stop taking Ambien.
nausea, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach; or headache, muscle pain.
Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Take Ambien exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not give this medicine to anyone younger than 18 years of age.
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If this happens to you, stop taking Ambien and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder. Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity.
stuffy nose, dry mouth, nose or throat irritation;
Stop using Ambien and call your doctor at once if you have:
If this happens to you, stop taking Ambien and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder. Some people using Ambien have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity.
daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling "drugged" or light-headed;
Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law. Ambien may be habit-forming.
Zolpidem may be habit forming. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
It is not known whether Ambien will harm an unborn baby. l your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
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Stop taking this medicine and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Zolpidem cause a severe allergic reaction.
Do not take this medicine for longer than 4 or 5 weeks without your doctor's advice. Ambien is for short-term use only. l your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after using this medication for 7 to 10 nights in a row.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at. An overdose of Ambien can be fatal, especially when it is taken together with other medications that can cause drowsiness.
Ambien is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. The extended-release form, Ambien CR, which has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep.
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Generic Name: zolpidem (zole PI dem) Brand Names: Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo, Zolpimist.
Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have. The recommended doses of Ambien are not the same in men and women, and this drug is not approved for use in children. Misuse of this medication can result in dangerous side effects.
Never take this medicine if you do not have a full 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again.
Do not crush, chew, or break an Ambien CR tablet. Swallow the pill whole.
Do not take this medicine if you have consumed alcohol during the day or just before bed.
Stop taking Ambien and get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to zolpidem: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Ambien may cause a severe allergic reaction.
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Ambien may impair your thinking or reactions. Wait at least 4 hours or until you are fully awake before you do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. 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.
chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling short of breath;
For more information, contact the U.S. Samples purchased on the Internet have been found to contain haloperidol (Haldol), a potent antipsychotic drug with dangerous side effects. Medications distributed from Internet sales may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy. It is dangerous to try and purchase Ambien on the Internet or from vendors outside of the United States. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or visit www.fda.gov/buyonlineguide.
Do not freeze. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Ambien may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.
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trouble breathing or swallowing; or.
lung disease such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Your doctor will determine which form of Ambien is best for you.
l your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Ambien, especially: chlorpromazine; itraconazole or ketoconazole; rifampin; or an antidepressant--imipramine, sertraline.
You may need a lower dose of Ambien if you take other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxants, and medicine for depression, anxiety, or seizures). l your doctor if you are currently taking any of these medications.
Since Ambien is taken only at bedtime if needed, you are not likely to miss a dose.
Amnesia (forgetfulness) is more common if you do not get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep after taking Ambien. Avoid taking Ambien during travel, such as to sleep on an airplane. You may be awakened before the effects of the medication have worn off.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: depression, anxiety, aggression, agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts, hallucinations, memory problems, changes in personality, risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger, or thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself.
This list is not complete. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide. Other drugs may interact with zolpidem, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Pregnancy Category C Risk cannot be ruled out.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
l your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Zolpidem can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.
Overdose symptoms may include sleepiness, confusion, shallow breathing, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma.
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.
The sedative effects of zolpidem may be stronger in older adults.
a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts; or.
Use caution if you are sensitive to lactose. You should not use this medication if you are allergic to zolpidem. The tablets may contain lactose.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
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Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
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To make sure Ambien is safe for you, l your doctor if you have: kidney disease; liver disease;
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