What is Ambien?
Ambien 5mg is a sedative, also called a hypnotic Ambien is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. The extended-release form, Ambien 5mg, has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep.
Ambien 5mg may cause severe allergic reactions. If you experience any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, stop taking this medicine and seek emergency medical attention.
In case of missed doses, what should I do?
There is very little chance that you will miss a dose of Ambien 5mg since it is taken only at bedtime if needed.
If I overdose, what happens?
Call 1-800-222-1222 for Poison Help or seek emergency medical attention. Taking zolpidem together with other medications that can cause drowsiness can lead to an overdose of zolpidem which can be fatal.
Sleepiness, confusion, shallow breathing, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma are symptoms of overdose.
What to avoid
Avoid taking Ambien during travel, such as sleeping on an airplane. You may be awakened before the effects of the medicine have worn off. Amnesia (forgetfulness) is more common if you do not get a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep after taking Ambien.
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how zolpidem will affect you. You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking Ambien, and your reactions could be impaired. Wait until you are fully awake before you drive, operate machinery, pilot an airplane, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
What other drugs will affect Ambien?
Using Ambien with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.
Many drugs can interact with zolpidem, making it less effective or increasing side effects. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using