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Facts about Zolpidem

Zolpidem is a sleep medication, marketed in the United States under the trade name Ambien®.  It was the first FDA approved medication in its class, followed by agents such as zaleplon (Sonata®) and eszopiclone (Lunesta®).  Zolpidem was also later released in a controlled release formulation (Ambien CR®) and also a lower dose which is meant for a shorter length of time to work (Intermezzo®).

For many years the dosing zolpidem was 10 mg for adults, however more recently the FDA recommended 5 mg dose for woman.  Elderly are at higher risk of side effects from this medication and therefore should take lower doses as well. 

 Generally people should take it if they have at least 8 hours to sleep and if they will not be needing to wake up for something (like a crying baby). 

People often take zolpidem and don't go STRAIGHT to bed, I tell my patients to take it as their head is hitting the pillow.  In other words when you are laying down for bed.  Don't take it and wait to get drowsy, as zolpidem is also a 'hypnotic' and people can be in very confused states if they are awake while the medicine is kicking in.  This would at least explain some of the stories you hear about people talking to their friends and saying weird things which the person who took zolpidem doesn't recall the next day.

More to come on this site later, especially a section on sleep hygiene.   Good sleep hygiene techniques are the most important thing, and most of us don't follow the guidelines like we should, so look some up until I get around to editing this website better.

Legal Disclaimer:

No information on this website should be construed as medical advice.  The purpose is to provide general information about zolpidem and sleep hygiene in general.  It is always necessary to seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider regarding your specific needs.  The use of this website is not a recommendation to take zolpidem. 









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