Zolpidem is a tranquilizer, mostly used for the treatment of sleeplessness and other sleep disorders. Zolpidem is also known under the brand name of Ambien.
Zolpidem tartrate is available in two formulations: Immediate Release and Extended Release. The first one helps patients to fall asleep, while the second has two layers. The first of them dissolves at once inducing the onset of sleep, and the second allows you to stay asleep enough time.
Zolpidem tartrate is a potent sleeping medication that impedes your thinking process and capacity to make decisions. Therefore, you must take this drug in a certain time to avoid problems.
During the treatment, you must not make any significant decision or engage in any physical activity that needs much attention, such as driving.
Minors shouldn’t take Zolpidem, and the old people must be careful during the treatment.
Do not use Zolpidem if you suffer from any kidney, liver, lung or muscle diseases, mental problems, drug addiction or lactose intolerance.
This drug includes some inactive ingredients that may cause certain allergic reactions. If you experience any of them (such as rash, shortness of breath or face swelling), seek medical assistance immediately.
Don’t take Zolpidem, if you’re allergic to any of its components. Avoid drinking alcohol during the treatment.
Inform your physician if you’re planning the pregnancy. Don’t take Zolpidem during the breastfeeding.
Zolpidem is available in the following dosages: 5 mg, 10 mg, 6.25 mg, 3.5 mg, and 1.75 mg. Take Zolpidem orally without eating, better at night). This medication can act immediately, so take it just before sleep. Don’t take the drug during or after the meal, as it can slow down its action.
Avoid taking Zolpidem, if you can’t sleep for at least seven hours. If you don’t sleep enough, it may cause memory loss or reduce your attention. The drug dosage varies depending on your age, health condition and reaction to the drug.
Never exceed the maximum recommended dosage (10 mg a day). Don’t change the dosage or use the drug longer than necessary. Women and old people should take the reduced dose.
You may suffer from vertigo during the treatment, but if it lasts too long, you should contact your doctor. The medicine can also cause drowsiness and fatigue; in this case, talk to your doctor about the adjustment of your dosage. Consult your doctor if you suffer from memory loss, behavioral changes, suicidal thoughts, anxiety or depression.
Zolpidem rarely leads to any severe allergic reactions; however, if you experience hives, shortness of breath, rash, serious vertigo, itching or face swelling, seek medical assistance at once.