Abrupt withdrawal may cause delirium , seizures, or other severe effects, especially if used for prolonged periods and at high dosages. Archived from the original on January 12, Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Zolpidem has rarely been associated with drug-seeking behavior , [ citation needed ] the likelihood of which is amplified in patients with a history of recreational use of drugs or alcohol. Archived from the original PDF on Zolpidem is not to be taken with alcoholic beverages. S4 Prescription only CA:
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Alcohol has cross tolerance with GABA A receptor positive modulators such as the benzodiazepines and the nonbenzodiazepine drugs. For this reason, alcoholics or recovering alcoholics may be at increased risk of physical dependency on zolpidem. Also, alcoholics and recreational drug users may have an increased likelihood of abuse and or becoming psychologically dependent on zolpidem. Zolpidem has rarely been associated with drug-seeking behavior , [ citation needed ] the likelihood of which is amplified in patients with a history of recreational use of drugs or alcohol.
An overdose of zolpidem may cause excessive sedation, pin-point pupils, or depressed respiratory function, which may progress to coma, and possibly death. Combined with alcohol, opiates, or other CNS depressants, it may be even more likely to lead to fatal overdoses. Zolpidem overdosage can be treated with the benzodiazepine receptor antagonist flumazenil , which displaces zolpidem from its binding site on the benzodiazepine receptor to rapidly reverse the effects of the zolpidem. Zolpidem may be quantitated in blood or plasma to confirm a diagnosis of poisoning in hospitalized patients, provide evidence in an impaired driving arrest, or to assist in a medicolegal death investigation.
Analytical techniques, in general, involve gas or liquid chromatography. Use of zolpidem may impair driving skills with a resultant increased risk of road traffic accidents. This adverse effect is not unique to zolpidem but also occurs with other hypnotic drugs. Caution should be exercised by motor vehicle drivers. As a consequence, the FDA recommended the dose for women be reduced and that prescribers should consider lower doses for men. The elderly are more sensitive to the effects of hypnotics including zolpidem.
Zolpidem causes an increased risk of falls and may induce adverse cognitive effects. An extensive review of the medical literature regarding the management of insomnia and the elderly found that there is considerable evidence of the effectiveness and durability of nondrug treatments for insomnia in adults of all ages, and these interventions are underused.
Compared with the benzodiazepines, the nonbenzodiazepine including zolpidem sedative-hypnotics appeared to offer few, if any, significant clinical advantages in efficacy or tolerability in elderly persons. Newer agents with novel mechanisms of action and improved safety profiles, such as the melatonin receptor agonists , were found to hold promise for the management of chronic insomnia in elderly people.
Long-term use of sedative-hypnotics for insomnia lacks an evidence base and has traditionally been discouraged for reasons that include concerns about such potential adverse drug effects as cognitive impairment anterograde amnesia , daytime sedation, motor incoordination, and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and falls. In addition, the effectiveness and safety of long-term use of these agents remain to be determined.
More research is needed to evaluate the long-term effects of treatment and the most appropriate management strategy for elderly persons with chronic insomnia. Patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD had reflux events measured to be significantly longer when taking zolpidem than on placebo.
The same trend was found for reflux events in patients without GERD. This is assumed to be due to suppression of arousal during the reflux event, which would normally result in a swallowing reflex to clear gastric acid from the esophagus. Patients with GERD experience significantly higher esophageal exposure to gastric acid, which increases the likelihood of their developing esophageal cancer. Zolpidem has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA.
Animal studies have revealed evidence of incomplete ossification and increased postimplantation fetal loss at doses greater than seven times the maximum recommended human dose or higher; however, teratogenicity was not observed at any dose level. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. In one case report, zolpidem was found in cord blood at delivery.
Zolpidem is recommended for use during pregnancy only when benefits outweigh risks. Accordingly, it has strong hypnotic properties and weak anxiolytic , myorelaxant , and anticonvulsant properties. Like zaleplon , zolpidem may increase slow wave sleep but cause no effect on stage 2 sleep. Three syntheses of zolpidem are common. This is brominated and reacted with 2-aminomethylpyridine to give the imidazopyridine. From here the reactions use a variety of reagents to complete the synthesis, either involving thionyl chloride or sodium cyanide.
These reagents are challenging to handle and require thorough safety assessments. A number of major side-products of the sodium cyanide reaction have been characterised and include dimers and mannich products. Notable drugódrug interactions with the pharmacokinetics of zolpidem include chlorpromazine , fluconazole , imipramine , itraconazole , ketoconazole , rifampicin , and ritonavir. Interactions with carbamazepine and phenytoin can be expected based on their metabolic pathways, but have not yet been studied.
There does not appear to be any interaction between zolpidem and cimetidine or ranitidine. Zolpidem is one of the most common GABA -potentiating sleeping medications prescribed in the Netherlands , with a total of , prescriptions dispensed in The United States Air Force uses zolpidem as one of the hypnotics approved as a " no-go pill " with a 6-hour restriction on subsequent flight operation to help aviators and special duty personnel sleep in support of mission readiness. The other hypnotics used are temazepam and zaleplon.
Zolpidem has potential for either medical misuse when the drug is continued long term without or against medical advice, or for recreational use when the drug is taken to achieve a "high". Chronic users of high doses are more likely to develop physical dependence on the drug, which may cause severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, if abrupt withdrawal from zolpidem occurs. Other drugs, including the benzodiazepines and zopiclone , are also found in high numbers of suspected drugged drivers.
Kennedy says that he was using Zolpidem Ambien and Phenergan when caught driving erratically at 3 am. Nonmedical use of zolpidem is increasingly common in the U. Some users have reported decreased anxiety, mild euphoria , perceptual changes, visual distortions, and hallucinations. For the stated reason of its potential for recreational use and dependence, zolpidem along with the other benzodiazepine-like Z-drugs is a Schedule IV substance under the Controlled Substances Act in the U.
The United States patent for zolpidem was held by the French pharmaceutical corporation Sanofi-Aventis. Zolpidem has become one of many date rape drugs. Zolpidem received widespread media coverage in Australia after the death of a student who fell 20 m from the Sydney Harbour Bridge while under the influence of zolpidem. While cases of zolpidem improving aphasia in people with stroke have been described, use for this purpose has unclear benefit.
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