Along with its benefits, this medication may rarely cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior ( addiction ). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lessen the risk of addiction. This risk may be increased if you have abused alcohol or drugs in the past.
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Rarely, after taking this drug, people have gotten out of bed and driven vehicles while not fully awake (" sleep -driving"). If you find out that you have done any of these activities after taking this medication, l your doctor right away. Your risk is increased if you use alcohol or other medications that can make you drowsy while taking zolpidem. This problem can be dangerous to you or to others. Often, these people do not remember these events. People have also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not fully awake.
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Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough -and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
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Consult your doctor or pharmacist for ways to improve your sleep without medication, such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime, avoiding daytime naps, and going to bed at the same time each night. As you get older, your sleep pattern may naturally change and your sleep may be interrupted several times during the night.
To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting, flushing, stomach cramps, nervousness, shakiness) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions right away.
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US residents can call their local poison control center at. Symptoms of overdose may include slowed breathing or a deep sleep from which you cannot be awakened. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away.
l your doctor if your condition persists after 7 to 10 days, or if it worsens.
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You may also experience dizziness or blurred/ double vision. This medication may also increase the risk of falls. You may feel alert, but this medication may continue to affect your thinking, making such activities unsafe. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activities that require clear thinking after you take this medication and the next day.
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Dizziness may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, l your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If you miss a dose, do not take it unless you have time to sleep for 7 to 8 hours afterwards.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Infants born to mothers who have taken sedative-hypnotics near the time of delivery may have undesirable effects such as breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness and hallucinations.
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This is called rebound insomnia and is normal. You may have trouble sleeping the first few nights after you stop taking this medication. It will usually go away after 1-2 nights. If this effect continues, contact your doctor.
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A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching /swelling (especially of the face/ tongue /throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood problems (such as depression, thoughts of suicide ), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol/other substances, personal or family history of sleepwalking, lung / breathing problems (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - COPD, sleep apnea ), a certain muscle disease ( myasthenia gravis ).
Do not take it with or after a meal because it will not work as quickly. Since zolpidem works quickly, take it right before you get into bed. Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor, usually once a night.
Before taking zolpidem, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
l your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: memory loss, mental/mood/behavior changes (such as new/worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, anxiety ).
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It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, so you can get a better night's sleep. Zolpidem is used to treat sleep problems ( insomnia ) in adults. It may also reduce the number of times you wake up during the night.
(See also Precautions section.). If you have to wake up before that, you may have some memory loss and may have trouble safely doing any activity that requires alertness, such as driving or operating machinery. Do not take a dose of this drug unless you have time for a full night's sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours.
Keep all medications away from children and pets. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.
If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking zolpidem and each time you get a refill.
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l your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone ), alcohol, other drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zopiclone), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine ), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine ). The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/ dizziness ) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also cause drowsiness or breathing problems.
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Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness, confusion, unsteadiness, and excessive drowsiness. These side effects can increase the risk of falling.
Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects.
Dosage is based on your gender, age, medical condition, other medications you may be taking, and response to treatment. Older adults are usually prescribed a lower dose to decrease the risk of side effects. Do not take more than 12.5 milligrams a day. Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or use it for longer than prescribed. Women are usually prescribed a lower dose because the drug is removed from the body more slowly than in men.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
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l your doctor if you have daytime drowsiness. This medication may make you sleepy during the day. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist ls you to do so. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.
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Other medications can affect the removal of zolpidem from your body, which may affect how zolpidem works. Examples include rifampin, azole antifungals such as ketoconazole, among others.Zolpidem tartrate