Ambien is a medication that helps people who have a sleeping problem (insomnia) in adults; it allows you to sleep better faster, so you can get your full night rest. Ambien generic name is Zolpidem; Zolpidem belongs to the family of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. The medicine operates by affecting the brain chemicals that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems. The immediate-release tablet is used to help you sleep faster when you first go to bed. The extended-release form, Ambien CR that has two layers.A first sheet that dissolves swiftly to help you fall asleep and a second sheet that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep.
The medication should be consumed orally on an empty stomach as instructed by your physician. Ambien effects take place swiftly; it is recommended to take medicine before going to bed. Taking this medicine with or after a meal will reduce the effectiveness of the medication.
The medication should be consumed only when you have time to sleep for 7-8 hours; if you wake up before that, you may have some memory loss and may cause drowsiness that would make you vulnerable to dangerous activities such as driving.
Your Ambien dosage will be based on your medical condition, gender, age, and other medication you may be taking for other medical conditions. You should not increase your dosage or take It longer than it is needed. Your dosage strength should not go above 10mg per day. Doses are different for males and females because drug effects wear off slowly from women's bodies compared to men.
If you suddenly stop consuming the medicine, you may suffer Ambien withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, nervousness. To prevent the withdrawal symptoms, you may have to reduce the dosage slowly over time.
You should not chew, break, or crush Ambien pills; you should swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.