What is Zolpidem Ambien used for?
Zolpidem, commonly sold as Ambien, is a sedative medication prescribed for short-term treatment of insomnia. It works by affecting brain chemicals to induce sleep. However, prolonged use can lead to dependence, and side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and memory problems can occur.
Typical Zolpidem (Ambien) dosages: 5 mg for women, 5-10 mg for men. The immediate-release tablet should be taken just before bed. The extended-release form has a recommended dose of 6.25-12.5 mg, to be taken once at bedtime. Dosages should be tailored to individual needs under medical supervision.
How to take it?
Take Zolpidem (Ambien) exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Usually, it’s taken once at bedtime, on an empty stomach, with a full glass of water. Avoid alcohol and other sedatives while on Zolpidem. Only use it for a short period, around 1-2 weeks, to minimise risks of dependency and side effects.
Zolpidem (Ambien) can have several side effects, including:
- Common Effects: Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, and diarrhoea.
- Unusual Behaviours: Sleepwalking, sleep-driving, and other complex actions while not fully awake.
- Memory Issues: Temporary amnesia, confusion, and difficulty remembering things.
- Allergic Reactions: Swelling, difficulty breathing, and rash—seek medical help immediately.
- Dependence: Prolonged use might lead to physical and psychological dependency.
- Withdrawal: Discontinuing can cause insomnia, irritability, and rebound insomnia.
- Rare Effects: Hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, and severe allergic reactions.
- Interactions: Combining with alcohol or other sedatives can amplify sedation and risk.
- Driving Impairment: Effects can linger into the next day, affecting driving ability.
Consult a healthcare professional for guidance and immediate attention if experiencing severe reactions.
Before using Zolpidem (Ambien), inform your doctor about allergies, medical history, and ongoing medications. Follow prescribed dosage strictly. Avoid alcohol and other sedatives. Do not drive or engage in activities requiring alertness while on Zolpidem. Use only short-term; long-term use can lead to dependence.