Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use zolpidem extended-release tablets.
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Use zolpidem extended-release tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take zolpidem extended-release tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about zolpidem extended-release tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to zolpidem extended-release tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using zolpidem extended-release tablets.
When used for longer than a few weeks or at high doses, some people develop a need to continue taking zolpidem extended-release tablets. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction. Be sure to l your doctor if you have been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs in the past.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Contact (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediay. Symptoms may include severe drowsiness or coma.
Dizziness; drowsiness (including daytime drowsiness); "drugged" feeling; dry mouth; headache; muscle aches; nausea; nose or throat irritation; stomach upset; tiredness; weakness.
Generic Name: zolpidem (zole-PI-dem) Brand Name: Ambien CR.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; throat closing; unusual hoarseness); abnormal thinking; behavior changes; breathing problems; chest pain; confusion; decreased coordination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; memory problems (eg, memory loss); mental or mood changes (eg, aggression, agitation, anxiety); new or worsening depression; severe dizziness; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or actions; vision changes.
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with zolpidem extended-release tablets. l your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Availability Rx Prescription only.
Insomnia melatonin lorazepam amitriptyline Ativan Ambien zolpidem temazepam Elavil diphenhydramine doxepin Restoril Lunesta eszopiclone triazolam zaleplon Sonata doxylamine Rozerem Halcion Dalmane flurazepam Ambien CR Silenor estazolam Tylenol PM More.
If you stop taking zolpidem extended-release tablets suddenly, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include unpleasant feelings. In more severe cases, you may have stomach and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, and shakiness. Seizures may rarely occur. If you take zolpidem extended-release tablets for more than 1 to 2 weeks, do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor.
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Pregnancy Category C Risk cannot be ruled out.
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This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if zolpidem extended-release tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
Zolpidem extended-release tablets is a sedative-hypnotic, or sleep medicine. It works by helping to increase certain natural chemicals in the brain that cause sleep.
Some medical conditions may interact with zolpidem extended-release tablets. l your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
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. Sleep medicines should usually be used only for short periods of time, such as a few days and generally no longer than 1 or 2 weeks. If your sleep problems continue, contact your doctor.
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Store zolpidem extended-release tablets at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures up to 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep zolpidem extended-release tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.
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Treating insomnia (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep).
CSA Schedule 4 Some potential for abuse.