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Ambien, a brand name for Zolpidem. A type of sedative medication that is primarily prescribed to treat insomnia. Zolpidem is a central nervous system depressant that is capable of altering the normal functioning of the body system even when a doctor prescribes it. Ambien falls under the sedative-hypnotics medication that functions by reducing or slowing down the brain activities to induce sleep.
Sanofil-Aventis manufactures Ambien, and in 1992, the drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In 2007, the generic Zolpidem became available to consumers as produced by several companies. Zolpidem is available in various form among which is Ambien, Ambien CR, which is an extended tablet with a layer that helps in getting people to sleep and another for keeping people asleep. Zolpimist is an oral spray version of Zolpidem, Edluar, a sublingual tablet of Zolpidem that is placed under the tongue and Intermezzo which is a rapid-acting sublingual tablet are all the forms that Zolpidem is available.
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How To Take Ambien
The way to take Ambien is before going to bed. Ambien sleeping pills are effective anti-insomnia medication that only takes a little moment to show results. Since its effects do not take long, it is better to take it when you are ready to sleep, due to its immediate impact. Using it when you are about to undergo a physical or mental task is not advisable because its effects may inhibit the full functionality of the body system. Taking Ambien can be addictive and habit—forming, you should ensure you consume it by the prescription of a doctor and should not be taken for more than two weeks.
The various forms of Zolpidem have its way of taking it, don’t swap any for the other. For example, the Edluar tablet should not be swallowed but placed under the tongue to dissolve without water, while the Ambien CR tablet should be swallowed and not crushed, break or chewed. Zolpimist should be sprayed directly over the tongue into the mouth.
The primary use of Ambien is to treat sleep disorder insomnia in adults. It helps to fall asleep quicker and even stay asleep for a more extended period. Zolpidem acts on the brain to produce its calming effects that result in inducing sleep quicker. To avoid addiction, usage should be limited to a short period of not more than two weeks. Most importantly, doctor’s prescription and medication guide should be followed to the later to ensure proper use of Zolpidem. Whenever you have a question, ask your pharmacist or doctor for clarification. Ambien is usually taken on an empty stomach once a night or as prescribed by your doctor, make sure you don’t use it during or after a meal.
If you have any allergies or allergic to Zolpidem, tell your doctor before using it because it may contain some inactive ingredients that are capable of causing allergic reactions. Tell your doctor or pharmacist of any medical condition that you’ve suffered in time past especially if it relates to mental, liver or kidney disease. Avoid doing any task that requires your alertness such as operating machinery or driving after taking Ambien; avoid marijuana and alcohol use with this drug. Zolpidem may increase the risk of falling, so make sure you don’t use it if you are required to stand for an extended period. The effects of Ambien can last after waking up the next day especially if you did not sleep up to seven or eight hours, to be safe, stay away from any activity that will require the use of the brain or requires you to be alert.
The known side effect of using Ambien is dizziness which can make you sleepy during the day. Other side effects associated with using Zolpidem are changes in behaviour, abnormal thoughts, depression, memory loss, agitation, anxiety, hallucinations, and thought of suicide among so many others. Since your doctor prescribed the drug, he has probably judged that the benefits of the medication to you supersede the side effects. If you notice any of the side effects, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately, your dose may need to be adjusted. In some rare occasions, after using Zolpidem, people have sleep-drive, had sex, prepared or eaten foods without being fully awake. Ambien side effects are often aggravated when you consume alcohol.
Using Ambien To Treat Insomnia
Ambien has been a very effective drug for inducing sleep. Its effects are so immediate that you have to use as at the time you want to go to bed. People treating insomnia have found Zolpidem very efficient in helping fall asleep quicker and even stay asleep for a longer duration.