Ambien is used for short-term treatment of insomnia (difficulty
falling asleep or staying asleep, or early awakening). Ambien is a
relatively new drug and chemically different from other common sleep
medications such as Halcion and Dalmane. The active substance in
Ambien is zolpidem tartrate.
Sleep problems are usually temporary and require medication for a
week or two at most. Insomnia that lasts longer could be a sign of
another medical problem. If you find that you need Ambien for more
than 7 to 10 days, be sure to check with your doctor.
Ambien 10 mg comes in multiples of 100 tablets.
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side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in
intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor
can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Ambien.
Your doctor should periodically reassess the need for Ambien.
More common Ambien Side Effects:
daytime drowsiness, dizziness, drugged feeling, headache,
indigestion and nausea.
Less Common Ambien Side Effects:
Abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, abnormal vision, agitation,
amnesia, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, bronchitis, burning
sensation, chest pain, confusion, constipation, coughing, daytime
sleeping, decreased mental alertness, depression, diarrhea,
difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating, difficulty
swallowing, diminished sensitivity to touch, dizziness on standing,
double vision, dry mouth, emotional instability, exaggerated feeling
of well-being, eye irritation, falling, fatigue, fever, flu-like
symptoms, gas, general discomfort, hallucination, hiccup, high blood
pressure, high blood sugar, increased sweating, infection, insomnia,
itching, joint pain, lack of bladder control, lack of coordination,
lethargy, light-headedness, loss of appetite, menstrual disorder,
migraine, muscle pain, nasal inflammation, nervousness, numbness,
paleness, prickling or tingling sensation, rapid heartbeat, rash,
ringing in the ears, sinus inflammation, sleep disorder, speech
difficulties, swelling due to fluid retention, taste abnormalities,
throat inflammation, throbbing heartbeat, tremor, unconsciousness,
upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, vertigo,
Rare Ambien Side Effects:
Abnormal tears or
tearing, abscess, acne, aggravation of allergies, aggravation of
high blood pressure, aggression, allergic reaction, altered
production of saliva, anemia, belching, blisters, blood clot in
lung, boils, breast pain, breast problems, breast tumors, bruising,
chill with high temperature followed by heat and perspiration,
decreased sex drive, delusion, difficulty urinating, excessive urine
production, eye pain, facial swelling due to fluid retention,
fainting, false perceptions, feeling intoxicated, feeling strange,
flushing, frequent urination, glaucoma, gout, heart attack,
hemorrhoids, herpes infection, high cholesterol, hives, hot flashes,
impotence, inability to urinate, increased appetite, increased
tolerance to the drug, intestinal blockage, irregular heartbeat,
joint degeneration, kidney failure, kidney pain, laryngitis, leg
cramps, loss of reality, low blood pressure, mental deterioration,
muscle spasms in arms and legs, muscle weakness, nosebleed, pain,
painful urination, panic attacks, paralysis, pneumonia, poor
circulation, rectal bleeding, rigidity, sciatica (lower back pain),
sensation of seeing flashes of lights or sparks, sensitivity to
light, sleepwalking, speech difficulties, swelling of the eye,
thinking abnormalities, thirst, tooth decay, uncontrolled leg
movements, urge to go to the bathroom, varicose veins, weight loss,
medication taken in excess can have serious consequences.
People who take too much Ambien may become excessively sleepy or
even go into a light coma. The symptoms of Ambien overdose are more
severe if the person is also taking other drugs that depress the
central nervous system. Some cases of multiple overdose have been
If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
When sleep medications are used every night for more than a few
weeks, some may lose their effectiveness. Remember, too, that you
can become dependent on some sleep medications if you use them for a
long time or at high doses.
Some people using Ambien--especially those taking
serotonin-boosting antidepressants--have experienced unusual changes
in their thinking and/or behavior. Alert your doctor if you notice a
Ambien and other sleep medicines can cause a special type of
memory loss. It should not be taken on an overnight airplane flight
of less than 7 to 8 hours, since "traveler's amnesia" may occur.
When you first start taking Ambien, until you know whether the
medication will have any "carry over" effect the next day, use
extreme care while doing anything that requires complete alertness,
such as driving a car or operating machinery. Older adults, in
particular, should be aware that they may be more apt to fall.
Use Ambien cautiously if you have liver problems. It will take
longer for its effects to wear off.
If you take Ambien for more than 1 or 2 weeks, consult your
doctor before stopping. Sudden discontinuation of a sleep medicine
can bring on withdrawal symptoms ranging from unpleasant feelings to
vomiting and cramps.
When taking Ambien, do not drink alcohol. It can increase
the drug's side effects.
If you have breathing problems, they may become worse when you
If Ambien is used with certain other drugs, the
effects of either drug could be increased, decreased, or altered. It
is especially important to check with your doctor before combining
Ambien with the following:
serotonin-boosting antidepressants, such as Paxil, Prozac and
- Drugs that depress the
central nervous system, including Valium, Percocet and Cordarone
dosage for adults is 10 mg right before bedtime. Your doctor will
prescribe a smaller dose if you are likely to be sensitive to
zolpidem or have a liver problem. Never take more than 10 mg of
Ambien per day.
Safety and effectiveness of Ambien have not been established in children below
the age of 18.
Because older people and
those in a weakened condition may be more sensitive to Ambien's
effects, the recommended starting dosage is 5 mg just before
Ambien comes as a tablet to take by mouth.
Ambien works very quickly. Take it just
before going to bed. Take only the prescribed dose, exactly
as instructed by your doctor.
Take Ambien only as needed. Never double the dose.
Store Ambien away from direct light and heat.
Store in a dry location; avoid storing it in the bathroom, near
sinks, or other areas where it may become damp. Do not use
Ambien after the expiration date. Keep
away from children; both when storing it, and when discarding any
If you are pregnant or plan to become
pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Babies whose mothers take
some sedative/hypnotic drugs may have withdrawal symptoms after
birth and may seem limp and flaccid. Ambien is not recommended for
use by nursing mothers.
should not be given to children under 18 years of age as the safety
of the product is not established for this group.
Older adults taking Ambien
are usually encouraged to start with smaller doses as they are more
apt to become oversedated or uncoordinated.
This document is provided for information only. It is not a substitute
for consultation with a physician, either to diagnose symptoms
or prescribe treatment. Any dosages mentioned are general
guidelines only, please follow the directions of your doctor exactly when taking
Ambien. We have made
every effort to ensure that this information is accurate,
but only your doctor can say if Ambien, or a drug combination,
is safe for you. It should not be construed to indicate that
to order and use Ambien is safe, appropriate, or effective
for you. Consult your healthcare professional before you
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