Zolpidem is a sedative drug is mainly used for treating insomnia and other sleep disorder conditions. Zolpidem is also available in the brand name Ambien.

Zolpidem tartrate comes in two formulations namely Immediate Release and Extended Release. The immediate release formulation helps individuals to fall asleep. The extended release medicine has two layers. The first layer dissolves immediately triggering the onset of sleep. The second dissolves helping a person to stay asleep for a considerable period of time.

Important safety information

Zolpidem tartrate is a powerful sleep enhancing pill. It impairs your thinking process and decision making ability. Thus, you should know how to use this drug to avoid problems.

While using this drug, you should not make any important decision or do any physical activity that requires a lot of attention like driving.

Do not take Zolpidem if you are less than 18 years of age. Elderly people should be cautious while using this drug.

Do not use Zolpidem if you have any medical condition related to kidney, liver, lung, muscle, mental health, addiction to any drug or if you are lactose intolerant.

This drug comprises of certain inactive ingredients which can cause some allergic reactions in your body. If you encounter any signs of allergic reactions like hives, breathing difficulty, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, get emergency help immediately.

You should also not take Zolpidem if you are not suitable or have allergic reactions with it. You should never take this medicine if you have consumed alcohol either in the day or at bed time.

Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant before taking zolpidem. Refrain from using zolpidem when breast feeding or intimate your doctor if you are breast feeding as the active component can pass into breast milk and harm the newborn.

Dosing guide

Zolpidem is available in the dosage strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, 6.25 mg, 3.5 mg, and 1.75 mg. Take this drug as advised orally by mouth on an empty stomach, usual once in the night. This medication can act immediately, so take it just before you go to bed. You should not take it with food or after having a meal as it might not work as quick.

Do not use Zolpidem if you do not have sufficient time to sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours. If you may wake up within this time, you might face memory loss or you may become less alert. Your dosage depends upon your age, medical condition and your response to the medication.

Never take more than 10 mg of Zolpidem per day. You should not increase; decrease or take the medication for longer than what is prescribed. Women and elderly people are given lower dose.

Side effects

You might experience dizziness when taking Zolpidem, but if it persists for a prolonged period then consult a doctor immediately. The drug can also make you feel drowsy and you might experience daytime sleepiness, talk to your doctor regarding this if your dosage needs to be adjusted. If you experience memory loss, changes in behavior, suicidal thoughts, depression, confusion, agitation hallucination or anxiety, speak to your doctor.

Zolpidem rarely causes any serious allergic reactions, but if you get rashes, breathing difficulty, hives, severe dizziness, itching or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, then consult a health care professional immediately.


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