Ambien CR is an FDA-approved medication prescribed for the short-term and long-term treatment of adults who have trouble sleeping, staying asleep, or both. It contains the active drug zolpidem which belongs to the drug class called sedative-hypnotics.
It has a boxed warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Ambien causes unusual sleep behaviors such as sleepwalking, attempting to drive while asleep, and performing other activities while not actually awake.
Compared to Ambien, it is used for both short-term and long-term treatment of insomnia. The “CR” in Ambien CR stands for controlled release, which means the medication releases slowly into your body over time. Ambien CR tablets come in two strengths: 6.25 mg and 12.5 mg.
Generic name: zolpidem
Brand name: Ambien, Ambien CR
Uses of Ambien CR
It is used for the short-term and long-term treatment of adults who have trouble sleeping, staying asleep, or both.
How To Take Ambien
Take Ambien exactly as your doctor has instructed. Never take more than the recommended dose or for longer than the recommended time.
Men and women require different amounts of zolpidem, and this medication is not licensed for use in children.
Read all of the patient information, prescription guidelines, and instruction sheets that you’ve been given. If you have any concerns, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
Zolpidem has the potential to become addictive. Addiction, overdose, and death can all result from misuse. It is illegal to sell or give away this drug.
Even if they have the same symptoms as you, do not give this drug to another individual. Ambien does not have the same suggested doses for men and women, and it is not licensed for use in children. When this medicine is misused, it might have significant negative effects.
If you don’t get a complete 7 to 8 hours of sleep before being active again, don’t take this medicine.
Ambien should only be used for a limited period of time. If your insomnia symptoms do not improve or worsen after using this drug for 7 to 10 nights in a row, contact your doctor. Without your doctor’s permission, do not use this medicine for more than 4 or 5 weeks.
If you suddenly stop using Ambien after a lengthy period of use, you may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. When you stop taking the prescription, talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
When you stop using Ambien, your insomnia symptoms may return, and they may be worse than before. If you still have increased sleeplessness during the first few nights after stopping this medication, contact your doctor.
An Ambien CR tablet should not be crushed, chewed, or broken. Completely swallow the pill. Store away from moisture and heat at room temperature.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Ambien. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on Ambien’s potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
Severe side effects include:
- withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped abruptly
- memory loss
- allergic reaction.
Severe side effects are uncommon, but they can happen. If you experience any major side effects, contact your doctor at once. If your symptoms are life-threatening or you believe you’re having a medical emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number.
Ambien has the potential to trigger a serious allergic reaction. If you develop any of the following signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, stop taking this medicine and get emergency medical attention.
Men and women require different amounts of zolpidem, and this medication is not licensed for use in minors. When this medicine is misused, it might have significant negative effects.
Ambien has the potential to affect your thinking and reactions. If you use the extended-release pill or are a woman, you may still feel tired the next morning after taking this prescription. Before doing anything that requires you to be awake and aware, wait at least 4 hours or until you are fully awake.
Never take Ambien in bigger doses or for longer than the manufacturer recommends. If you have taken alcohol during the day or immediately before going to bed, do not take zolpidem.