Zolpidem is used to take care of a particular sleep problem (insomnia) in grown-ups. If you've trouble dropping off to sleep, it may help you go to sleep faster, so you can get a greater night's rest. Zolpidem belongs to a class of medicine called sedative-hypnotics. It acts in your brain to create a calming effect.
This drugs are usually restricted to short treatment periods of merely one to 2 weeks or less.
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you begin taking zolpidem each time you have a refill. If you might have any queries, ask your medical professional or pharmacist.
Take medicines by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor, usually once a night. Since zolpidem works quickly, go just before you will get into bed. Do not get it with or after a meal given it will not likely be quickly.
Do not take a dose with this drug unless you have the time to get a full night's sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours. If you have to get up before that, you could have some memory loss and may even have trouble safely doing any activity that will need alertness, like driving or operating machinery. (See also Precautions section.)
Dosage is based on your gender, age, medical problem, other medications you might be taking, and reaction to treatment. Do not improve your dose, get it more frequently, or use it for over prescribed. Do not take over 10 milligrams per day. Women are often prescribed a reduced dose as the drug is removed through the body slower when compared to men. Older adults usually are prescribed less dose to decrease potential risk of unwanted side effects.
This medication could cause withdrawal reactions, particularly when it has been used regularly to get a long time or perhaps in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (including nausea, vomiting, flushing, stomach cramps, nervousness, shakiness) may occur in the event you suddenly stop using prescription drugs. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.
Though it can help many individuals, medicines may sometimes cause addiction. This risk could possibly be higher should you have an ingredient use disorder (like overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lessen the chance of addiction. Ask your physician or pharmacist for additional information.
When medicines is employed for a long time, it might not be well. Talk with your doctor if medicines stops working well.
Tell your medical professional in case your condition persists after 7 to 10 days, or if it worsens.
You might have sleep problems the first few nights once you stop taking this medication. This is called rebound insomnia and is normal. It will usually disappear completely after 1-2 nights. If this effect continues, contact your doctor.
Dizziness may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, tell a medical expert or pharmacist promptly.
This medication could make you sleepy in daytime. Tell your physician in the event you have daytime drowsiness. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication as they or she has judged that this benefit to you is more than the chance of side effects. Many people using prescription drugs will not have serious unwanted side effects.
Tell your doctor without delay if all of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: memory loss, mental/mood/behavior changes (like new/worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, anxiety).
Rarely, after using this drug, people have gotten out of bed and driven vehicles without fully awake ("sleep-driving"). People have also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made messages or calls, or had sex while not fully awake. Often, these individuals do not remember these events. This problem could be dangerous to you as well as to others. If you find out that you have done these activities after taking medicines, tell a medical expert straight away. Your risk is increased in case you use alcohol or other medications that may make you drowsy while taking zolpidem.
A grave hypersensitivity for this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any the signs of a serious hypersensitive reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially from the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete report on possible unwanted effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact a medical expert or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for health advice about unwanted effects. You may report unwanted effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical health advice about negative effects. You may report negative effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking zolpidem, tell your medical professional or pharmacist in the event you are allergic with it; or if you have some other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which could cause allergy symptoms or other problems. Talk to your friendly phamacist for additional information.
Before using prescription drugs, tell a medical expert or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood problems (such as depression, thoughts of suicide), personal or genealogy and family history of an element use disorder (such as overuse of or dependence on drugs/alcohol), personal or genealogy and family history of sleepwalking, lung/breathing problems (including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, sleep apnea), a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis).
The effects on this drug will last even after you wake up the very next day. If you would not get 7 to 8 hours of sleep or took other medications that made you sleepy or are more sensitive to the drug, you might feel alert and not focus enough to operate a vehicle. You may also experience dizziness or blurred/double vision. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy. Wait at least 8 hours after taking this drug before driving, and usually do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that has to have alertness until you can perform it safely. This medication can also increase potential risk of falls. Avoid alcohol based drinks. Talk to a medical expert in case you are using marijuana.
Children could possibly be more sensitive to the side effects on this drug, especially dizziness and hallucinations.
Older adults may be more understanding of the unwanted side effects of the drug, especially dizziness, confusion, unsteadiness, and excessive drowsiness. These negative effects can increase potential risk of falling.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about every one of the products you have (including medications, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, medicines must be used not until clearly needed. Infants born to mothers that have taken sedative-hypnotics at the period of delivery could have undesirable effects such as breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your physician.
A tiny amount of medicines passes into breast milk. Consult your medical professional before breast-feeding.
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