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USES: This medication is used to treat insomnia (sleeping disorders).
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This medication is used to treat insomnia (sleeping disorders).
- Elderly persons are usually more sensitive to the effects of this medication.
- Use cautiously.
- You may experience sleeping difficulties on the first night after stopping this medication.
- Be aware of this effect.
- If the problem continues, contact your doctor.
- Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light.
- Do not store in the bathroom.
Ambien (zolpidem) 10 mg
- Take this medication by mouth immediately before bedtime on an empty stomach or as directed.
- This medication is usually taken for short periods of 7 to 10 days.
- Take this exactly as prescribed.
- Do not increase the dose or take this for longer than prescribed.
- Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, and dry mouth may occur.
- If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
- The following side effects have been rarely reported.
- Notify your doctor if you develop chest pain, rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, skin rash, fever, behavior changes, mental confusion, abnormal thinking or depression while taking this medication.
- To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
- Also avoid intake of alcoholic beverages which will aggravate these effects.
- Because this medication causes drowsiness, use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, a history of drug dependence or depression, breathing problems or if you have any allergies.
- This medication should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- Take your dose at or near bedtime.
- If you miss a dose, do not take it if it is near the time for your next dose.
- Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including any medication for depression or seizures, narcotic pain relievers or sedatives.
- Avoid the use of alcohol while taking this medication.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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