Brand name: Ambien
Generic name: Zolpidem Tartrate
Ambien sleeping pills
Ambien is a drug used for a short-term solution to treat insomnia. Insomnia is a sleeping disorder where someone has difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or even waking up early. You will find that people suffering from a sleeping disorder only require temporary medication for two weeks at the most but if you find you are still using Ambien after 7 to 10 days it may signal another medical problem.
Dosage of Ambien
Take only the prescribed dosage as instructed by your doctor and take it before going to bed because it works extremely quickly. If you miss a dose of Ambien, don’t double the dose.
People who have taken too much Ambien are commonly extremely sleepy and have even gone into a light coma. Overdoses of Ambien have been fatal and especially when Ambien is taken with other drugs that depress the CNS (central nervous system). Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose of Ambien.
Recommended Ambien Dose
It is recommended that children do not use Ambien because the effectiveness and safety of the drug has not been recognized with minors below the age of 18.
For adults, the recommended dosage of Ambien is 10 milligrams before bedtime. However, if an adult is likely to be sensitive to the drug or has a liver problem, doctors may prescribe a smaller dose.
The elderly and those in a weak condition will be more sensitive to Ambien and therefore the recommended dosage to start with is 5 milligrams before bedtime.
Storage of Ambien
Protect Ambien from extreme heat and store the medication at room temperature.
Side Effects of Ambien
There are no reasons identified as to why Ambien cannot be prescribed. However, the most common side effects from Ambien include daytime drowsiness, headaches, nausea, indigestion, allergy, dizziness and a drugged feeling. If you develop a side effect or it changes in intensity consult a doctor immediately because they are the best judge to determine whether it is safe to continue using the drug.
Warnings about Ambien
- You may experience unusual changes in behaviour and/or thinking if you are taking serotonin-boosting antidepressants with Ambien. Consult a doctor if you notice changes.
- Be cautious when using Ambien if you have liver problems since the effects will take longer to wear off.
- The side effects of Ambien can increase when you drink alcohol when using the drug.
- People suffering from breathing problems may struggle further if they use Ambien.
- If Ambien is used for more than a few weeks, the effectiveness of the drug will start to decrease. In addition, people can become dependent on sleep medication if they take high doses or use them for a significant amount of time.
- Use extreme care when using Ambien at first so you can identify whether the drug will carry over any side effects. This means being very careful when completing tasks that require you to be alert such as operating machinery or driving a car. Older adults are also at risk of falling more often.
- Consult your doctor before stopping Ambien if you have taken the drug for more than one or two weeks since it can result in withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting, cramping and unpleasant feelings.
- Sleeping medicines like Ambien can cause memory loss and should not be used on an overnight airplane flight that is less than seven hours because it can cause “traveller’s amnesia”.
- The side effects or Ambien may decrease, increase or alter when taken with other drugs.
Ambien Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
Inform your doctor immediately if you plan to become pregnant or are pregnant because babies whose mothers use hypnotic or sedative drugs can have withdrawal symptoms after birth. As a result, the mother may seem flaccid and limp. Ambien is not recommended for nursing mothers.
Ambien if you suffer from insomnia.