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Zolpidem (Ambien)

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Ambien also known as Zolpidem/Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative usually given as a treatment for insomnia. People who suffer from insomnia usually have sleeping problems that keep them awake all night. Ambien is a trusted drug that will effectively treat insomnia temporarily. In the United States, Ambien is the most prescribed kind of sleeping pill. It is a FDA approved drug with its effectivity lasting up to 8 hours. There are 5mg and 10mg available depending on the strength of the pills.

Precautions before taking Ambien/Zolpidem

There are precautions that must be considered before deciding to take Ambien. In certain circumstances, Ambien may not be the most suitable choice of drug. Ask a doctor regarding your health suitability in taking Ambien as a treatment for insomnia. If you have any of the following circumstances, seek medical advice:

  • History of alcoholism or drug abuse
  • Pregnant or planning to be pregnant
  • Has a breathing condition (bronchitis, asthma or emphysema)
  • History of liver or kidney disease
  • Has myasthenia gravis (nerve disorder resulting to weakening of muscles)
  • Allergies to any ingredient in Ambien/Zolpidem tartrate
  • Has recurring personality disorder or depression
  • Has sleep apnea
  • Elderly

In very rare cases, taking Ambien can result to adverse reactions including swelling of the lips, face, throat and tongue or have difficulty in breathing. It is also advised that Ambien should not be used continually for more than 4 weeks because it can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, anxiety and stomach cramps. Since Ambien is a short term treatment for insomnia, there is a possibility of having problems sleeping once you stop using Ambien. It is called a ‘rebound insomnia’ that eventually subsides after one to two days. Always consult your doctor regarding the use of Ambien.

What is the suggested Ambien Dosage?

One 10 mg tablet of Ambien is the recommended dosage for treatment of insomnia. Swallow the pill as a whole with water before sleeping. Remember not to chew the pills because it can lead to rapid release of the medication. For people with liver problems or elderly patients, a lower dosage of 5mg per pill is advised. Ambien medication should be taken by people who are not of legal age or under 18 years old.

What are the possible side effects of Ambien?

Most medications have their own side effects. Taking Ambien during the wrong time of the day can result to signs of memory loss or confusion. But if Ambien is taken as prescribed, you do not have to worry about this side effect. Other common side effects of taking Ambien include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, change f taste and feeling tired especially during the start of treatment. Other side effects which are uncommon include anxiety, headaches and nausea. It is important that you assess the reaction of your body to the treatment using Ambien especially if your work involves danger when disoriented. It must be emphasized that the side effects of Ambien from the majority of its users is very minimal.

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