Ambien is a drug that is commonly used in the treatment of sleeping disorders like Insomnia & other sleeping problems. When a person faces the problem of falling asleep, the doctor prescribes this drug which can help in falling asleep faster. Zolpidem tartrate is the generic name, available in the market under the brand Ambien. Ambien(zolpidem) belongs to the group of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. This drug is FDA approved and comes under schedule IV controlled substance drug.
The most common use of this drug is to decrease the time of falling asleep & to help for a better sleep cycle. Those who cant fulfill their sleep cycle can also take the high dosage of this medication to get better and longer sleep.
It has also been seen that doctors may prescribe the medicine after cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and behavioral changes. This drug is FDA approved and comes under schedule IV controlled substance drug.
How it works:-
Ambien is a class of drugs known as Nonbenzodiazepines which acts as a sedative & hypnotic drug, It works by increasing Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is a neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger in your brain. It slows down the brain by blocking specific signals of the central nervous system.
The dosage always depends on your body condition & previous medical history. This is an oral drug that can be taken with or without food. your doctor may vary the dose according to your health condition. Most doctors prescribe the medication at night after food. So that it can make your sleep last longer. Always consult with your doctor before taking the medication.
The recommended initial dose for adults is 5mg it can increase up to 10mg according to the health condition. The doctor may start with a very low dose to diagnose the problem.
Although Ambien helps many people it also has some side effects,
Dizziness, Drowsiness, feeling lazy, fleeing sleepy, vomiting, nausea, and irregular sleep cycle are the common side effects that have been shown in various patients.
Some patients may feel mental or behavioral changes like abnormal thoughts, memory loss, confusion, aggressive behavior & anxiety.
Some other serious side effects like serious allergic reactions include rashes, itching, and swelling also has seen. Immediately consult your doctor if you feel serious side effects like trouble breathing, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, agitation, and severe dizziness.
Warning & Precaution:-
This drug work actively in our body for 7-8 hr, so the doctor advises taking a full night's sleep after taking the medicine. People go out and drive vehicles, make phone calls, and prepared food after taking the medicine which is completely unsafe.do not go outside after taking the medicine, Your doctor always suggests you to take a complete rest or a complete sleep after taking the medicine otherwise you may not fully awake during the task, also your doctor prevents you from doing any task that needs alertness and complete focus.
You may forget the task you have done and also you can have sleep walk problems if you haven’t taken a proper rest after taking the medication.
Before taking Ambien to consult with your doctor about your past medical history, and other medications you are taking because it can interact with other drugs, also inform your doctor if any of your family members have any kind of inherent disease of heart and kidney. If you have any kind of allergic issue then consult with a doctor immediately. Alcohol can also cause side serious effects so let your doctor know if you consume alcohol.
Don't stop your medication without your doctor's consultation it may cause withdrawal symptoms or other side effects like trouble sleeping, irregular sleep cycle, and anxiety.
Do not take over doser,it may cause fatal or other serious side effects like coma and cardiovascular irregularities, consult your doctor as soon as possible. Always take your medication according to your prescription. Your dosage may be manipulated buy your doctor or pharmacist.
Take your medicine according to your doctor direction, if you forgot to take or you miss any dose then take as soon as possible but dont overuse, also dont take the miss dose near to your next dose or else it may cause serious side effect.
The drug Ambien can interact with other drugs, so tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicine like azole antifungal, rifampin etc. Also if you taking other drugs such as opioid pain relievers or cough relievers like codeine, hydrocodone, Anxiety pills like Lorazepam, Alprazolam, or muscle relaxant like cyclobenzaprine, these are the drug that can cause interaction with Ambien and can affect the result of Ambien.
Alcohol can also interact with Zolpidem, discuss with your doctor if you are an alcoholic.
Q:- What does Ambien do to our body?
A:-Ambien works by slowing down the brain activities, to make you fall asleep. It directly works on the brain and central nervous system to calm down the patient instantly.
Q:-Does Ambien help with anxiety?
A:- Ambien is a drug that is mostly used for anxiety-related insomnia and other sleeping disorder. So it can help you in calming down the anxiety-related issues. People who suffer from anxiety can take Ambien due to its sedative-hypnotic property, which helps to make you quiet and anxiety-free.
Q:-Can I take Ambien every night?
A:-Most commonly doctors recommend this drug the night after food, but Consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking the medicine, dosage of your medicine completely depends on your health condition. Your doctor can manipulate the dose according to your health condition.
Q:-Does Ambien damage your brain?
A:-Over dosage of this medication can cause serious side effects like coma, and brain damage or may be fatal. Other general side effects like dizziness, day time sleepiness are experienced occasionally.
Q:-Is Ambien more addictive than Xanax?
A:- Every individual has a different physiological response so it depends upon the body type, both the drug is used to maintain or initiate sleep, but somewhere Ambien is considered less addictive than Xanax.