Zolpidem can cause drowsiness and a decreased level of consciousness, which may lead to falls and consequently to severe injuries. We have found melatonin is pretty wonderful used sparingly. GABA is a chemical in your body that causes sleepiness. This may not be practical but it is safer and I am assuming we all love our children. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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. Talk to your doctor about breastfeeding your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication. The liver of an older adult may not work as well as it used to.
This can cause your body to process drugs more slowly. So no opinions on the ambien really other than that I think you should talk to your pediatrician. My dad took ambien for awhile and one morning, we woke up and there was an empty pack of cookies on the kitchen counter that had been full and in the pantry the night before. Think a pack of Oreos. Turns out, my dad ate the whole pack while he was sleeping.
He was diabetic and his blood sugar was insane that morning. No one should ever have to apologize when they have a problem and ask for advice……in a blog or in person…….. Asking questions and curiosity is what makes us better parents! As a rule of thumb, I always try home remedies before medicine……always…. I have 3 kids. We have found melatonin is pretty wonderful used sparingly.
It seemed to have jump started his own production. Got him into a rhythm sort of and we rarely use it now. I imagine it would be more easily absorbed. Thanks for the suggestion. How about trying low dose Benadryl? I was with you on this post till the very last sentence. That being said putting out this kind of question in such a public forum can illicit unkind responses from many let alone giving unsavory people the opportunity to have information on you that could be used against you.
Part of your mission is to entertain and you do. Just curious do you sleep on planes? I would speak to your pediatrician. I love your blog and thanks for keeping it real: Crossing fingers that one of these days I will figure out the secret to how to do it. When you talk to your Pediatrician, ask about Benadryl. Some folks tend to get wired taking it, however, so best to try it out IF recommended to you , on a weekend night first. Also white noise apps might help her and eye pads to darken the cabin enough.
For many years I monitored adverse events of drugs including drugs in that class. I would never take them and certainly it would never be prescribed for a child. In the travel community I cringe reading about people mixing them with alcohol too. Remember if you take this type of meds and your child has an emergency you are not safe to help. I am not a great sleeper either. Sometimes I mix in some drug cocktails to inspire me to rant better but this Ambien drug does sound kind of boring to me….
Will I give it to my kids? I just beat the crap out of them and knock them unconscious. First of all, I am so sorry that you have to deal with insomnia in both yourself and your child. I have gone through bouts of it in my life, but never to a clinical, diagnose-able level. I have a friend who sounds similar to you though, and I know that it has been devastating for her at times. She has literally lost jobs because she was too deep in an insomnia related fog.
It changed her personality when she was going through severe bouts of it as well. If you held a gun to my head and forced me to answer ha! I would say no. We have tried melatonin in the past for ourselves as parents and for my older child when he was having some sleep issues. Our doc suggested the melatonin and also suggested trying benadryl for travel which we did not end up needing to do.
For all of you who are horrified by the question…. I think that she is just putting it out there for discussion, not for actual medical advice. Most moms that I know are women, and as women we tend to like to discuss and over analyze things, discuss things, hash things out, get opinions, do research, talk about things again…at least I do. No need for nastiness or vilification.
Kirsten — Thanks for the comment. I appreciate that you contributed to the discussion! But Ambien unfortunately does not do a darn thing for me. That is a real shame. I have several thoughts … those of us who are bad sleepers feel your pain. I also think rituals, whether reading for a bit or doing a little yoga can help. That said, for no good reason I saw the clock turn to 4 am recently. I would second the Benedryl vote, and sometimes an Advil helps me.
At the risk of opening the schedule IV window wider, I think Lorazapam is more effective for me and easier take just a little once in a while. I know there are just some of us who are wired so that sleep is a challenge, but maybe you could ask the pediatrician more generally first — what are some things we can try to get my kid to sleep better?
Even a glass of wine makes sleeping a challenge. I think your non-sleep issue readers need to see it as one of those things that make us all different — like being a fainter, or getting motion sick. GingerSister — Thank you so much for all the ideas and thoughts! VERY helpful and much appreciated! I am sorry I opened up this thread because these people are treating you like a moron.
People need to get a grip in life. If they would the world would be such a better place. Lesli — I really appreciate that you took the time to actually read the post. I really was hoping for a conversation! I take Ambien sometimes when I sleep in hotels, as I have a tendency to wake repeatedly all night long and it does the trick.
Once I took it and tried to send a few emails before bed, though, and it was a total disaster. I got disoriented and projectile vomited all over the room. My husband also took it ocassionally but finally realized it made him very irritable the next day. So, it clearly effects people very differently. On that same point, we once gave our child Benadryl on a long car ride out of desperation, and it had the total opposite effect.
He was totally wired and out of control. We had the choice to give Ambien to our teenage daughter, under the care of a psychiatrist for severe ADHD. When she could fall asleep she would sometimes sleep walk. Fortunately we did not have to give her the meds, but as parents were leaning against it just because she was so young.
Today, I read through a Facebook page for families of children with special needs. The discussion was about giving Ambien to a not yet 3 year old. And yes, they had a doctor willing to prescribe it. Very disturbing even if the decision was arrived at after much care and consideration. By reading your story, my youngest son is 6 years old.
He has been battling insomnia since he was 2 years old once bed awake its over… I also have insomnia and they put me on ambien then they said it was addictive and took it away. But they put my 6 year old on clonidine and it works for him he has adhd odd and insomnia. People are so judge mental, emphasis on the Mental!! People are soooo ready to judge and assume the worst of people and then write harsh comments…sad. I can see that people are judgemental and full of opinion but I must agree with the blogger here.
But there are options to try first and the general guideline for adult in the medical world, which tends to err on the side of caution, is The first drug I would try would be Benadryl. If after 30 minutes and no sleep then I would reluctantly use. After 30 more minutes of no sleep then 2. But for longer term use Ambien is way safer than benzodiazapenes. I have had to take control where doctors have failed me by doing my own research and becoming my own doctor.
Before you get all huffy and judgemental with my response, read the following and you will clearly see this is the order that most pediatricians would give except of course the natural stuff which they do not recommend and why is that?! Although I would never give anyone an anti depressant for a sleep disorder but it seems to be prescribed to children more than Ambien. You always wait 30 minutes before trying anything else. This may not be practical but it is safer and I am assuming we all love our children.
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Andrea, Passports And Pushchairs says: May 16, at 1: I had to share a story though… My dad took ambien for awhile and one morning, we woke up and there was an empty pack of cookies on the kitchen counter that had been full and in the pantry the night before. Think a pack of Oreos Turns out, my dad ate the whole pack while he was sleeping. May 16, at 2: May 19, at 8: May 16, at 3: Getting off my high horse now.
May 19, at May 16, at 5: Hmm, are you working on some type of Ambien affiliate link arrangement? May 17, at 5: Thanks again for your thoughts on this.