The first dissolves quickly and will put you to sleep within 30 minutes with effects lasting four to eight hours. The second dissolves more slowly, helping to keep you asleep for a solid eight hours. Some users, however, find that it works too well. Importantly, these drugs should not be taken without a prescription your own! Lunesta eszopiclone and Sonata zaleplon are other well-known prescription sleeping pills for travel.
Sonata is especially recommended for those on flights of only five to six hours. Another option for travelers is an over-the-counter sleep aid such as Unisom, ZZzQuil, Sominex and others, although these medications can have a hangover effect, making you feel groggy upon awakening. Rather than taking sleeping pills on a plane, some travelers rely on alcohol to help them get some shut-eye, but alcohol works for only a short time, then actually disturbs sleep.
It is also a diuretic, which can exacerbate the dehydration that affects airline passengers. For the extended-release formulation, the recommended dose is 6. The higher-end dose can be used by both women and men if the lower dose is not effective. Medications distributed from Internet sales may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy.
Samples of zolpidem purchased on the Internet have been found to contain haloperidol Haldol , a potent antipsychotic drug with dangerous side effects. For more information, contact the U. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Zolpidem comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Never take Ambien , Edluar , or Zolpimist if you do not have a full 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. Do not take Intermezzo for middle-of-the-night insomnia unless you have 4 hours of sleep time left before being active. Zolpidem is for short-term use only. Tell your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after using this medication for 7 to 10 nights in a row.
Do not take zolpidem for longer than 4 or 5 weeks without your doctor's advice. Do not stop using zolpidem suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the medicine. Insomnia symptoms may also return after you stop taking zolpidem. These symptoms may seem to be even worse than before you started taking the medication.
Call your doctor if you still have worsened insomnia after the first few nights without taking zolpidem. Do not swallow the Edluar or Intermezzo tablet whole. Place the tablet under your tongue and allow it to dissolve in your mouth without water. Spray Zolpimist directly into your mouth over your tongue. Prime the spray before the first use by pumping 5 test sprays into the air, away from your face. Prime the spray with 1 test spray if it has not been used for longer than 14 days.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the Zolpimist bottle upright when not in use. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at An overdose of zolpidem can be fatal when it is taken together with other medications that can cause drowsiness. Overdose symptoms may include sleepiness, confusion, shallow breathing, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma.
Wait at least 4 hours or until you are fully awake before you drive, operate machinery, pilot an airplane, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid taking zolpidem during travel, such as to sleep on an airplane. You may be awakened before the effects of the medication have worn off. Amnesia forgetfulness is more common if you do not get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep after taking zolpidem.
You may need a lower dose of zolpidem if you take other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxants, and medicine for depression, anxiety, or seizures. Tell your doctor if you are currently taking any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with zolpidem, especially:. This list is not complete.
Other drugs may interact with zolpidem, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide. Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc.
Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise.