Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic medication which is prescribed to adults for the temporary cure of trouble in falling asleep called insomnia, caused psychological traumas, newly changed time zone, extremely emotional and physical fatigue, disturbance of the central nervous system, etc. This hypnotic drug stimulates the central nervous system to produce a calming effect to the user and helps in achieving a sound sleep.
The active component of Ambien is zolpidem. It is yet to be known whether the usage of sedative is safe and efficient for children below 18 years. Zolpidem runs the risk of habit formation and may lead to dependence in patients who have been taking it for a long period of time. It is also known to cause unwanted withdrawal symptoms if its intake is stopped mid-course.
How should I take Ambien?
One must read the medication guide that comes along with Ambien prior to its intake or refill though it is neither as effective nor does it replace the suggestion of an actual doctor.
- Avoid the intake of this sedative unless prescribed.
- Avoid the intake of Ambien unless you can stay put in bed for 7-8 years before you have to be active again
- Zolpidem should be ingested right before going to bed, not any sooner than that.
- Avoid the intake of Ambien when intoxicated
- Avoid taking another sedative to help in falling asleep
- Read the medication guide for Ambien to find out if it contains any ingredient that may cause an allergic reaction in your body
Who should not take Ambien?
- People who happen to be allergic to zolpidem, or any other element in Ambien
- Patients who have a history of clinical depression, mental illness, or the ones who are prone to suicide
- Patients who have a history of the abuse of drugs or alcohol
- Patients dealing in motor vehicles or operating heavy machinery most of the time
- Patients who suffer from a kidney, liver disease or lung disease
- Pregnant women or the ones who are planning on to become pregnant. It is not yet known if hypnotic medication can harm an unborn baby, or whether it can pass into breast milk.
What is the standard recommended dosage of Ambien?
The standard recommended a dosage of Ambien for women is different from that of men. It is 5 mg for women while it ranges between 5-10 mg for men, both are directed to intake it just before going to bed.
Patients who have been taking various other medications that affect the brain, suffer from liver disease, or are old of age are recommended to start with a minimum dose of Ambien 5mg.
The dosage of Ambien depends on the age, sex, medical history and other factors involving the patient. It is usually used for one to two days a week, the treatment should not exceed more than two weeks. Patients must not start or stop taking Ambien without consulting the doctor, nor should they change the dosage of Zolpidem intake at their own will without discussing the possible threats with the doctor.