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Zolpidem

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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Ambien CR®;Ambien®;EdluarT;Zolpimist®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Stilnox
    • Pharmacologic Category: Hypnotic, Nonbenzodiazepine

    Uses
    • This medicine is used to treat sleep disorders.
    • Zolpidem calms the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • This medicine should be used for short periods of time (7-10 days).
    • Take this medicine at bedtime.
    • Take this medicine on an empty stomach.
    • Long-acting tablets:
    • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Spray:
    • Spray into mouth over the tongue.
    • Sublingual tablet:
    • Place on tongue and let dissolve. Water is not needed. Do not swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

    Missed Dose

    • Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than every 24 hours, unless instructed by healthcare provider.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to zolpidem or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

    Precautions

    • This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
    • If you have been taking this medicine every night for more than 2 weeks, do not stop medicine. Wean yourself off over several nights.
    • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with caution. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have drug or alcohol addiction, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with healthcare provider. You may be more sensitive to this medicine.
    • If you have mental illness, talk with healthcare provider.
    • Ambien®: If you wake up in the early morning, this medicine will not help.
    • Do not nap.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this medicine affects you.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) or other medicines and natural products that slow your actions and reactions.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred vision, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert or have clear vision until you see how this medicine affects you.
    • Change in balance.
    • Headache.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Severe allergic reactions can rarely occur.

    Monitoring

    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs or symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, abnormal thinking, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Significant change in thinking clearly and logically.
    • Driving or doing other tasks or activities that you do not remember doing after taking this medicine.
    • Feeling extremely tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2010 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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