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Generic: zolpidem
Brand: Ambien
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It is used to treat insomnia
               



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What is this medicine?

ZOLPIDEM (zole PI dem) is used to treat insomnia. This medicine helps you to fall asleep and sleep through the night.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • depression
  • history of a drug or alcohol abuse problem
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease
  • suicidal thoughts
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to zolpidem, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is better to take this medicine on an empty stomach and only when you are ready for bed. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. If you have been taking this medicine for several weeks and suddenly stop taking it, you may get unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor or health care professional may want to gradually reduce the dose. Do not stop taking this medicine on your own. Always follow your doctor or health care professional's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply. This medicine should only be taken immediately before going to sleep. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • herbal medicines like kava kava, melatonin, St. John's wort and valerian
  • medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, fluconazole, or itraconazole
  • medicines for treating depression or other mental problems
  • other medicines given for sleep
  • some medicines for Parkinson' s disease or other movement disorders
  • some medicines used to treat HIV infection or AIDS, like ritonavir

               
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