Zolpidem is utilized to help remedy a certain sleep problem (insomnia) in older adults. If you might have trouble dropping off to sleep, it may help you get to sleep faster, getting a much better night's rest. Zolpidem is assigned to a class of medicine called sedative-hypnotics. It acts on your own brain to produce a calming effect.
This drugs are usually tied to short treatment periods of 1 to 2 weeks or less.
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking zolpidem and each time you have a refill. If you've got any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take prescription drugs by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your medical professional, usually once a night. Since zolpidem works quickly, take it before you will get into bed. Do not take it with or from a meal because it won't are quickly.
Do not take a dose of the drug unless you have the time for the full night's sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours. If you have to awaken before that, maybe you have some memory loss and might have trouble safely doing any pursuit that will need alertness, for example driving or operating machinery. (See also Precautions section.)
Dosage is based on the gender, age, problem, other medications you may be taking, and a reaction to treatment. Do not improve your dose, go more regularly, or put it on for over prescribed. Do not take a lot more than 10 milligrams every day. Women are often prescribed less dose because the drug is removed from the body slower compared to men. Older adults are generally prescribed a lesser dose to lower the potential risk of side effects.
This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for any long time or perhaps in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (for example nausea, vomiting, flushing, stomach cramps, nervousness, shakiness) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your physician may lessen your dose gradually. Consult a medical expert or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions straight away.
Though it can help lots of people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk could possibly be higher if you have a substance use disorder (including overuse of or obsession with drugs/alcohol). Take this medication just as prescribed to reduce potential risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for additional information.
When medicines is utilized for the long time, it might not work as well. Talk with your physician if medicines stops working well.
Tell your medical professional in case your condition persists after 7 to 10 days, or if it worsens.
You could possibly have sleep disorders the first few nights after you stop taking medicines. This is called rebound insomnia and it is normal. It will usually disappear after 1-2 nights. If this effect continues, contact a medical expert.
Dizziness may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, tell a medical expert or pharmacist promptly.
This medication might make you sleepy throughout the day. Tell your medical professional if you have daytime drowsiness. Your dose ought to be adjusted.
Remember that a medical expert has prescribed medicines while he or she has judged the profit to you is in excess of the potential risk of unwanted effects. Many people using this medication would not have serious unwanted effects.
Tell your physician immediately if any of these unlikely but serious unwanted effects occur: forgetfulness, mental/mood/behavior changes (such as new/worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, anxiety).
Rarely, after using this drug, folks have gotten to get up and driven vehicles although it is not fully awake ("sleep-driving"). People have also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex although it is not fully awake. Often, they will do not remember these events. This problem might be dangerous to you personally or others. If you find out which you have done all of these activities after taking this medication, tell your physician straight away. Your risk is increased if you use alcohol or other medications that will make you drowsy while taking zolpidem.
A very serious allergic reaction to this particular drug is rare. However, get medical help straight away if you notice any the signs of a serious hypersensitive reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete report on possible unwanted side effects. If you notice other effects unpublished above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical health advice about unwanted side effects. You may report unwanted effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for health advice about side effects. You may report unwanted effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking zolpidem, tell your doctor or pharmacist should you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product might have inactive ingredients, which may cause allergy symptoms or any other problems. Talk to the pharmacist for more information.
Before using prescription drugs, tell your doctor or pharmacist your history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood problems (like depression, thoughts of suicide), personal or genealogy of an element use disorder (for example overuse of or being hooked on drugs/alcohol), personal or genealogy and family history of sleepwalking, lung/breathing problems (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, stop snoring), a particular muscle disease (myasthenia gravis).
The effects on this drug will last even once you get up the following day. If you didn't get 7 to 8 hours of sleep or took other medications that made you sleepy or will be more sensitive to the drug, you may feel alert and not think clearly enough to drive. You may also experience dizziness or blurred/double vision. Alcohol or marijuana can cause you to be more dizzy. Wait at least 8 hours after investing in this drug before driving, and usually do not drive, use machinery, or do anything whatsoever that needs alertness before you are capable of doing it safely. This medication may also increase the potential risk of falls. Avoid booze. Talk to your doctor should you are using marijuana.
Children might be more responsive to the unwanted side effects with this drug, especially dizziness and hallucinations.
Older adults may be more responsive to the negative effects of the drug, especially dizziness, confusion, unsteadiness, and excessive drowsiness. These unwanted side effects can increase the risk of falling.
Before having surgery, tell your physician or dentist about each of the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, prescription drugs needs to be used only when clearly needed. Infants born to mothers who've taken sedative-hypnotics at the time of delivery could have undesirable effects like breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
A tiny amount of medicines passes into breast milk. Consult your physician before breast-feeding.
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