Ambien is a brand name of Zolpidem, which is used for treating sleeping problems. It is prescribed as a short term treatment. This medicine takes 30 minutes to show up the effects and its effect stays for around 3 hours. Its elimination half time is 2.5 – 3 hours.
LONG TERM EFFECTS OF AMBIEN
Effects of the medicine always vary person to person and ambien is considered as an addictive medicine if taken for more than 2 weeks. Its long term effects include digestion problems, fatigue, frequent headaches, muscle pain, dry mouth and poor motor coordination.
This medicine is frequently prescribed by physicians and therapist, but that doesn’t make it safer. Ambien is an addictive medicine and potentially abuses the relationship and personal life of the patient.
PROS OF AMBIEN
Ambien comes with a few pros which includes, it dissolves slowly in the body which helps in staying asleep for longer time. Its side effects are low if taken according to the prescribed dosage. It improves sleepiness which eventually leads in efficient and effective work because if sleep is sound and good, it feels more energetic.
It work quickly in the body in 30 minutes after taking and doesn’t stay for a longer time in the body as its half time is 3 hours maximum.
CONS OF AMBIEN
Ambien is considered to be a safer medicine but it can cause serious side effects if taken for longer time or not according to the prescription. Some common side effects related to ambien are stuffy nose, dry mouth, sore throat, constipation, nausea, headache, and confusion, visual changes and tiredness.
Ambien also comes with some serious side effects if it gets addiction in the body; these include anxiety, suicidal thoughts, unbalance motor skills, depression, and change in behavior.
The symptoms discussed above are treatable if taken care properly. Always keep a check on the usual activities of the body while taking this medicine. It is taken with the food only. If anything unusual happens, consult the doctor as soon as possible.
AMBIEN MECHANISM AND DESCRIPTION
Ambien is a drug controlled by FDA and comes under C-IV as it can be abused. Ambien’s active ingredient is Zolpidem Tartrate. It comes in 5 mg and 10 mg doses which can be taken orally.
HOW DOES AMBIEN ORIGINATED?
Zoldipem was originated in France in 1988. In 1992 it was launched in the USA with the brand name Ambien. But it became a generic medication on 2007. Ambien is majorly used in armed forces to make sure that all the solders sleep properly and be energetic.
Because of its addiction properties, its use declined to 57 million tablets in 2013 to 47 million tablets in 2017.
DOSAGE OF AMBIEN
Its dosage depends on the condition of the patient and also his/her medical history. Given below are general dosage, but doctor’s advice is suggested before starting this medicine.
Initial dose in adults can be 5 mg for women and 5 – 10 mg for men. It should be taken at the bed time calculating the wake up time by 7 – 8 hours. This medicine is taken orally and should never be shared with anyone else. Always store it in room temperature and out of reach of children. This medicine is not meant for kids below 18 years of age.
Daily dosage should not increase more than 10 mg .
PRECAUTIONS OF AMBIEN
As ambien is used to treat sleep related issues, it makes the person falls asleep 30 minutes after taking it. So, avoid taking it in the daytime, never mix it with alcohol as it can cause serious side effects. Avoid use electronic devices and driving after taking ambien. Never stop taking it suddenly, it can show up withdrawal symptoms.
Always ask your doctor when to start this medicine and when to stop taking it.