Zolpidem, commercially known as Ambien, is an FDA approved prescription sleeping aid approved for treatment of insomnia in conjunction other behavior modifications such as sleep hyguine, sleep restriction, stimulus control and congnitive behavior therapy for insomnia.

Some of the questions related to Zolpidem that we will answer in this post are noted below.

  • What is Zolpidem used for?
  • What are the common brand names for Zolpidem?
  • What are the other forms of Zolpidem?
  • How is Zolpidem taken?
  • What are the side effects of Zolpidem?
  • What is duration of action of Zolpidem?
  • How is Zolpidem supplied?
  • Is the CR version of Zolpidem better than regular?
  • Is the sublingual form of Zolpidem better than the tablet?

What is Zolpidem used for?

Zolpidem is an FDA approved sleeping aid used to treat insomnia. The immediate release version of the Zolpidem is approved for short term use while the Controlled Release (CR) version is approved for long term use as needed.

What are the common brand names for Zolpidem?

The common brand names for Zolpidem are: Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Zolpimist, Intermezzo.


How should Zolpidem be used?

The usage depends on the form of the medication chosen such as tablet, sublingual capsule, patch etc. Most forms of Zolpidem are dosed once a day about 30 minutes before sleep onset.

What are the side effects of Zolpidem?

Common side effects

The most common side effects for short-term use include the following: headache (reported by 7% of people in clinical trials), drowsiness (2%), dizziness (1%), and diarrhea (1%); the most common side effects of long-term use included drowsiness (8%), dizziness (5%), allergy (4%), sinusitis (4%), back pain (3%), diarrhea (3%), drugged feeling (3%), dry mouth (3%), lethargy (3%), sore throat (3%), abdominal pain (2%), constipation (2%), heart palpitations (2%), lightheadedness (2%), rash (2%), abnormal dreams (1%), amnesia (1%), chest pain (1%), depression (1%), flu-like symptoms (1%), and sleep disorder (1%).

Upper and lower respiratory infections are also common (experienced by between 1 and 10% of people).

Residual ‘hangover’ effects, such as sleepiness and impaired psychomotor and cognitive function, may persist into the day following nighttime administration.

Is a prescription needed for Zolpidem?

Yes, Zolpidem is a prescription medication and cannot be dispensed without a valid prescription.

Is Zolpidem a controlled substance?

Yes, it is a DEA schedule IV drug.

  • What are the other uses for this medicine?

Zolpidem can sometimes be used for other reasons such as

  • What special precautions should I follow?’

Just follow the instructions given by the doctor and do not mix this with other depressants of the central nervous system such as alcohol.

  • What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Normal healthy diet

  • What should I do if I forget a dose?

No need to take any action if you forgot to take it.

  • What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Store it at room temperature, away from Sun light and dispose off properly as this is a controlled substance.

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