Prescription Medication Information


Ambien (Zolpidem)Ambien (Zolpidem) is a sedative-hypnotic used for the short-term treatment of insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep). 

How to Take Ambien
Take Ambien exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose of Ambien with a full glass of water, just before you go to bed. Do not take Ambien more often or longer than prescribed.

Side Effects
Side effects, that may go away during treatment, include headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, vivid dreams, depression, daytime drowsiness or dizziness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. If you notice other side effects, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions
Ambien may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, other sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants.

Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine unless your doctor approves. Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Ambien. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or nonprescription medicines

Ambien (Zolpidem) will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

Ambien should be taken just before bedtime, but you may experience some carryover effects the next day. Do not drink alcohol while taking Ambien. Alcohol will increase drowsiness and may increase dizziness while you are taking Ambien, which could be dangerous.

Avoid other sedatives, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers, including over-the-counter preparations. They should not be used while you are taking Ambien unless your doctor directs otherwise.

Do not share this medication with others. Keep Ambien and all medications out of the reach of children.

This information regarding Ambien is intended to supplement, not substitute the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of Ambien is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using Ambien.

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