lung or breathing disease suicidal thoughts.
other medicines given for sleep.
medicines for treating depression or other mental problems.
herbal medicines like kava kava, melatonin, St. John's wort and valerian.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is better to take this medicine on an empty stomach and only when you are ready for bed. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. If you have been taking this medicine for several weeks and suddenly stop taking it, you may get unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor or health care professional may want to gradually reduce the dose. Do not stop taking this medicine on your own. Always follow your doctor or health care professional's advice.
some medicines used to treat HIV infection or AIDS, like ritonavir.
Do not take this medicine unless you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again. You may not be able to remember things that you do in the hours after you take this medicine. Some people have reported driving, making phone calls, or preparing and eating food while asleep after taking sleep medicine. Take this medicine right before going to sleep. l your doctor if you are have any problems with your memory.
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): diarrhea.
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue changes in vision confusion depressed mood.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Keep a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at about the same time each night. Avoid caffeine-containing drinks in the evening hours. When sleep medicines are used every night for more than a few weeks, they may stop working. Talk to your doctor if you still have trouble sleeping.
unusual activities while asleep like driving, eating, making phone calls.
pregnant or trying to get pregnant breast-feeding.
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Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.
This does not apply. This medicine should only be taken immediay before going to sleep. Do not take double or extra doses.
problems with balance, speaking, walking.
restlessness, excitability, or feelings of agitation.
medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, fluconazole, or itraconazole.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions: depression.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls hallucinations.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
an unusual or allergic reaction to zolpidem, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
After you stop taking this medicine, you may have trouble falling asleep. This is called rebound insomnia. This problem usually goes away on its own after 1 or 2 nights.
history of a drug or alcohol abuse problem liver disease.
some medicines for Parkinson' s disease or other movement disorders.
If you or your family notice any changes in your behavior, or if you have any unusual or disturbing thoughts, call your doctor right away.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
dizziness, or daytime drowsiness, sometimes called a hangover effect headache.