Active ingredient: Zolpidem
Common use: Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic used for the short-term treatment of insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep).
How to use: Unless otherwise ordered by your doctor, Ambien should be taken right before you go to bed. Ambien works very quickly. Only use Ambien when you have time to sleep 7-8 hours or longer.
Never increase the dose of Ambien without checking with your doctor. Do not take Ambien for longer than prescribed.
How to store: Store Ambien at room temperature. Store in a tightly-closed container. Keep away from heat, light and moisture.
- Since Ambien is sleep-inducing, you should naturally not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous until the effects of Ambien are no longer present. Do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Ambien and if any effects linger on even after sleep.
- Ambien can be habit-forming.
- Other medicines, both prescription medicine and over-the-counter medicine, can impact on how you react to Ambien. Do not combine Ambien with other medicines without checking with your doctor. This includes combining Ambien with other sleep-medicines.
- Alcohol, even in small doses, can impact how you react to Ambien.
- Contact your doctor if you notice changes in your behavior or thinking´while using Ambien.
- Contact your doctor if you continue to have trouble falling a sleep or staying a sleep while using Ambien.
- If you are or plan on becoming pregnant while using Ambien, discuss the benefits and the risks of using Ambien during pregnancy with your doctor.
- Ambien is excreted in breast milk. If you are or plan on breastfeeding while using Ambien, discuss the benefits and the risks of using Allegra while breastfeeding.
Examples of reported side effects of using Ambien:
- Daytime drowsiness
These side effects may go away during treatment.