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Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. In most cases zolpidem should only be taken for a few days and for not longer than 1 or 2 weeks. Keep a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at about the same time nightly. Avoid caffeine-containing drinks in the evening hours, as caffeine can cause trouble with falling asleep. When sleep medicines are used every night for more than a few weeks, they may lose their effectiveness to help you sleep. This is known as tolerance. Consult your prescriber or health care professional if you still have difficulty in sleeping.
Store at controlled room temperature, 2025 degrees C (6877 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Sleep medicines sometimes cause a type of memory loss, in which the person may not remember what has happened in the several hours after taking the medication. This type of memory loss is usually not a problem since zolpidem is taken right before bedtime; however there have been reports of driving or performing other activities while asleep after taking a sleep medicine. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you think you are having memory problems while on this medication.
Do not take zolpidem extended-release (Ambien CR) unless you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again. For example, zolpidem extended-release should not be taken on an overnight airplane flight of less than 7 to 8 hours since 'traveler's amnesia' may occur and you may experience a short-term loss of memory.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
If you are going to have surgery, l your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking zolpidem extended-release tablets.
Take zolpidem extended-release tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablet whole with a drink of water. Do not crush, split, or chew the tablet before swallowing. It is better to take zolpidem on an empty stomach (without food) and only when you are ready for bed. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not share your medicine with anyone else.
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If you or your family notice any changes in your behavior, or if you have any unusual or disturbing thoughts, call your doctor immediay.
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What drug(s) may interact with zolpidem extended-release tablets?
l your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also l your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
ZOLPIDEM EXTENDED-RELEASE (Ambien CR) is a sedative-type drug that helps to relieve insomnia (sleeplessness). Trouble falling asleep, waking up too early in the morning, or waking up too often during the night are symptoms of insomnia. Zolpidem helps treat these problems, and is usually used for no longer than a few days to a few weeks. Sleep medicines should not be taken for long periods of time, except on your prescriber's advice. Do not share your medicine with anyone else. Generic zolpidem extended-release tablets are not yet available.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how zolpidem extended-release affects you. To reduce dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can increase possible unpleasant effects. Do not drink alcoholic drinks while taking medications to help you sleep.
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What should I l my health care provider before I take this medicine?
Elderly patients over age 65 years may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and need smaller doses.
What side effects may I notice from taking zolpidem extended-release tablets?
After you stop taking your zolpidem extended-release prescription, you may notice some trouble with falling asleep. This is sometimes called 'rebound insomnia'. Do not get discouraged, because this problem usually goes away on its own after 1 or 2 nights.
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What should I watch for while taking zolpidem extended-release tablets?
If you have been taking zolpidem extended-release for several weeks and suddenly stop taking it, you may get unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Your prescriber or health care professional may want to gradually reduce the dose. Do not stop taking zolpidem on your own. Always follow your prescriber's advice.