Archived from the original PDF on Discontinuation of zolpidem should be strongly considered for patients who report such behaviour for example, sleep driving , due to the risk to the patient and others. When zolpidem was administered with ranitidine, no significant pharmacokinetic interactions were observed. Never take Ambien, Edluar, or Zolpimist if you do not have a full 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. When drug tolerance and physical dependence to zolpidem has developed, treatment usually entails a gradual dose reduction over a period of months to minimise withdrawal symptoms, which can resemble those seen during benzodiazepine withdrawal. Sleep Aid - Ambien (Zolpidem Tartrate)
You may report side effects to Health Canada at Before taking zolpidem, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication , tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activities that require clear thinking after you take this medication and the next day.
You may feel alert, but this medication may continue to affect your thinking, making such activities unsafe. This medication may also increase the risk of falls. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness and hallucinations. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially dizziness, confusion, unsteadiness, and excessive drowsiness.
These side effects can increase the risk of falling. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use including prescription drugs , nonprescription drugs, and herbal products. During pregnancy , this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Infants born to mothers who have taken sedative-hypnotics near the time of delivery may have undesirable effects such as breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
A small amount of this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast -feeding. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. A product that may interact with this drug is: Other medications can affect the removal of zolpidem from your body, which may affect how zolpidem works.
Examples include azole antifungals such as ketoconazole , rifampin , St. John's Wort, among others. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as opioid pain or cough relievers such as codeine, hydrocodone , alcohol, marijuana , other drugs for sleep or anxiety such as alprazolam , lorazepam , zopiclone , muscle relaxants such as carisoprodol , cyclobenzaprine , or antihistamines such as cetirizine , diphenhydramine.
Check the labels on all your medicines such as allergy or cough -and-cold products because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing , call Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Symptoms of overdose may include slowed breathing or a deep sleep from which you cannot be awakened. Do not share this medication with others. It is against the law. As you get older, your sleep pattern may naturally change and your sleep may be interrupted several times during the night. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for ways to improve your sleep without medication, such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime , avoiding daytime naps, and going to bed at the same time each night.
If you miss a dose, do not take it unless you have time to sleep for 7 to 8 hours afterwards. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.
Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company. Information last revised July Copyright c First Databank, Inc. Zolpidem Read Reviews Tell your doctor if your condition persists after 7 to 10 days, or if it worsens. Side Effects Dizziness may occur. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. Precautions Before taking zolpidem, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
Interactions Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Overdose If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing , call Notes Do not share this medication with others. The immediate-release form releases the drug into your body right away. The extended-release form releases the drug into your body slowly. The sublingual tablet dissolves under your tongue.
Zolpidem is also available as an oral spray only as the brand-name drug Zolpimist. The immediate-release tablets, oral spray, and Edluar sublingual tablets are used if you have trouble falling asleep. The extended-release tablets are used if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs called sedatives. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way.
These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. Zolpidem increases the activity of GABA. GABA is a chemical in your body that causes sleepiness. Increasing its activity helps you fall asleep. Zolpidem oral tablet may cause drowsiness and dizziness. These effects may be more likely to happen during the first few hours after you take the drug.
This drug may also cause drowsiness, dizziness, and diarrhea. These effects may be more likely to occur when you first start taking the drug and during dosage changes. Zolpidem may also cause other side effects. If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:. Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information.
However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history. Zolpidem oral tablet can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking.
An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well. To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Taking zolpidem with certain medications raises your risk of side effects. This is because zolpidem and these other medications can cause the same side effects. As a result, these side effects can be increased.
Examples of these drugs include:. Taking zolpidem with certain medications raises your risk of side effects from zolpidem. This is because the amount of zolpidem in your body may be increased. When zolpidem is used with certain drugs, it may not work as well to treat your condition. This is because the amount of zolpidem in your body may be decreased. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions.
Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking. If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call or go to the nearest emergency room. Taking it again could be fatal cause death. Eating food with zolpidem may make the drug take longer to work.
You should take this drug on an empty stomach. Drinking alcohol can increase your risk of sedation and drowsiness from zolpidem. If you drink alcohol, talk to your doctor. You may need to be monitored more closely for side effects. For people with depression: This drug may make your symptoms of depression worse. Ask your doctor if this drug is safe for you. For people with lung or breathing problems: This drug may slow your breathing or make it shallow.
This can decrease the amount of oxygen in your blood. If you have trouble breathing, you may already have lower oxygen levels. For people with myasthenia gravis: If you have myasthenia gravis, you may already have lower oxygen levels. For people with sleep apnea: If you have sleep apnea, you may already have lower oxygen levels. For people with liver disease: If you have liver problems or a history of liver disease, you may not be able to process this drug well.
This may increase the levels of the drug in your body and cause more side effects. It may also cause a serious condition called hepatic encephalopathy. With this condition, the poor function of your liver causes problems with the way your brain works. Symptoms can include being confused, forgetting things, and slurring your speech. If you have severe liver damage, you should not use zolpidem.
Zolpidem is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:. This drug should only be used if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the pregnancy. Call your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking this drug. For women who are breastfeeding: Zolpidem may pass into breast milk and cause side effects in a child who is breastfed.