Ambien belongs to a class called sedative or hypnotic. It also shares some characteristics of a family of sedatives called benzodiazepines.
Ambien is used for treating sleep problems like insomnia in adults. It helps you fall asleep faster. It acts
on your brain to give calming effect. Ambien is used to treat sleep disorders including trouble sleeping,
waking up many times at night and waking up too early.
Dosage and administration
Take this medicine orally on empty stomach as prescribed by your doctor usually once at night.
Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical conditions or other medications you are taking and
response to treatment.
As it works quickly, take it right before you go to bed.
It should be used only for short time period, only seven to ten days.
Don’t take it with or after meal as it will not work quickly.
Don’t take more than 10 mg a day.
Don’t increase your dose voluntarily without doctor advice.
Don’t take this medicine unless you have time for full night sleep of 7 to 8 hours.
If you have to wake up early before sleep of 7 to 8 hours then you should not take Ambien. You may have
some memory lose and may face trouble in doing activities that require alertness.
This medicine may result in withdrawal symptoms if it has been used regularly for a long time. To reduce
such reactions, your doctor may gradually decrease the dose.
If it is taken for longer, it may stop working.
Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Tell your doctor about your medical history of kidney disease, liver disease, mood swings, personal or
family history of drug addiction, sleepwalking, lung or breathing problems or muscle disease.
Older adults and children are more likely to be influenced by the side effects of this drug particularly
dizziness, confusion, excessive drowsiness, and unsteadiness.
During pregnancy this medicine can be used only when clearly needed. Infants born to mothers who have
taken this tablet near the time of delivery may have breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms.
The medication passed into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
You may suffer from rebound insomnia when stop taking Ambien. Rebound insomnia means trouble
sleeping few nights after stopping the tablet.
It may be habit forming. Consistent use of Ambien may lead to addiction.
You should check with your doctor immediately if notice clumsiness, confusion, depression, fast
heartbeat, skin rash, trouble sleeping, falling, light headedness, difficult breathing, wheezing, unusual
nervousness, excitement or irritability. Allergic reaction including closing of your throat, swelling of lips,
face or tongue, sever confusion, hallucination and abnormal behavior are more likely to be experienced.
Check with your health care professional if you notice any side effect.