Ambien (Zolpidem) is a sedative-hypnotic medicine that works on the brain and provides calmness and relaxation to the people with sleeping illnesses. However, it is an incredibly helpful drug in Insomnia.
It is an adult medication. If someone is facing trouble falling asleep for a long time, Zolpidem is probably a good option. Also, it is a prescription medicine and a controlled substance under the controlled substance act.
Its available strength and variation include:
Ambien 5 mg and 10 mg are available in oral tablet administration;
Forms: Immediate-release version, extended-release version (Ambien CR).
This medicine may also be used for the purposes that are not listed here.
Ambien 5 mg
It is an initial and effective dose prescribed by the doctor at the starting of the therapy. It is usually helpful in short-term treatment; using it long term may cause you unwanted effects and addiction.
The dosage varies in men and women. The FDA approved that the women’s dosage should lower than 10 mg to 5 mg in immediate release and 12.5 mg to 6.25 mg in extended-release. However, your doctor will judge which variation is helpful for your condition.
What is the essential information you should know about ZOLPIDEM?
Do not take more dosage than prescribed. Misuse may cause addiction, overdose, or death.
Do not take Zolpidem unless you have 7 to 8 hours left for sleep; before you must be active again.
Take medicine right before you get in bed, do not take it sooner.
Also, it may cause you severe side effects if you combine it with alcohol or another sedative. The next morning you may forget your last night activities. Some of the reported activities on abuse include:
- driving a car (“sleep-driving”)
- having sex
- making and eating food
- talking on the phone
Stop the medicine and consult your doctor right away if you figure out that you have done any of these activities after taking the drug.
When should you not take Ambien?
If you have ever faced a complex sleep behavior, likewise driving a car, talking on the phone, making and eating food, or done sex while not fully awake on Zolpidem.
Do not take medicine if you drank alcohol that evening or before bed took another sedative for sleep.
Possible Common side effects of Ambien 5mg
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Slow breathing rates.
- Muscle cramps.
- Loss of appetite.
- Impaired vision.
These side effects should be treated if they come during the medication. Tolerate may worsen your condition.