If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to the tablets, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
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Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that you or someone else might have taken an overdose of this medicine go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital at once. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
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Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking zolpidem it is important that your doctor knows:
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Zolpidem belongs to a class of medicines commonly called Z drugs. It works by acting on the way messages are sent in your brain which help you to sleep. It reduces the time it takes for you to fall asleep and increases the length of time you spend sleeping.
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If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with zolpidem. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
You should take it just before you go to bed.
Zolpidem will often work well in the short term, but it is not normally prescribed for more than 2-4 weeks. This is because your body gets used to it within a short period of time and after this it is unlikely to have the same effect. Your body may also become dependent on it when it is taken for longer periods of time than this.
If you still feel sleepy the next day, do not drive or use tools or machines.
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Insomnia, or poor sleep, is fairly common but it does not usually last for long. If you have problems sleeping, it may mean that you have difficulty getting off to sleep, or you may wake up for long periods during the night, or you may wake up too early in the morning. 'Sleeping tablets' like zolpidem are considered to be a last resort, but they are sometimes prescribed for a short period of time to help with a particularly bad patch of insomnia.
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Some people taking zolpidem have done things while they are asleep that they do not remember when they wake up, such as sleepwalking, sleep-driving and having sex. If this happens to you, discuss it with your doctor.
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