Ambien 10mg Information
Ambien 10mg is a sedative-hypnotic medicine that treats insomnia or other sleep problems. Its working process is affecting the chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in mind.
However, Ambien 10 mg immediate-release helps in falling asleep faster. And, the Ambien 10 mg Extended-release tablet’s first layer dissolves quickly and assists in fall asleep fast and the second layer dissolves slowly and makes you stay asleep.
Moreover, it is a prescription medicine; your doctor will judge which form is suitable for you.
Before taking the medication of Ambien
Ambien 10 mg may sometimes cause allergic reactions that may be severe. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or taking such drugs that may interact.
Stop taking Ambien and seek emergency medical help if you get any of the signs of an allergic reaction: hives; lips, tongue, difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, or throat.
However, the medication is not for the patients under 18 years.
And, to make sure that Ambien is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have/had:
- mental illness, or suicidal thoughts;
- sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep);
- drug or alcohol addiction;
- lung disease or breathing problems; or
- liver or kidney disease.
Dosage of Ambien
Ambien, Edluar, and generic formulations:
Adult dose for Insomnia: Initial dose for women is 5 mg and for men is 5-10 mg, before bedtime.
Increment of Dose: The doctor will advise increasing the dose if the 5 mg is not working well.
Maximum dosage: Do not exceed the limit of dose 10 mg right before bedtime.
Children’s dosage: The medication of Ambien is not well in the children. However, it should not be used in children younger than 18.
Dosage for Elderly patients:5 mg once right before bedtime.
Patients with liver disease (elderly): Ambien 5 mg once right before bedtime
(for people have mild to moderate liver disease). However, avoid this drug if you have a condition of severe liver disease.
The common side effects of Ambien (zolpidem) can include:
- chest pain
- dry mouth
- muscle pain
If these effects are mild, then they will vanish within a few days or weeks. But if they are getting worse or don’t go away, visit your doctor. For emergency medical help, you can also call 911.
Generally, the interactions change how your medicine works and tends to side effects. However, taking medication with other medication that may interact is always a bad idea. Because they may raise the chances of severe side effects. Example of such interactive drugs of zolpidem include:
- Medicines that treat fungal infections (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, and voriconazole)
- Ritonavir and atazanavir
- Antibiotics (such as clarithromycin and erythromycin)
Some of the drugs that can make Ambien less effective include:
- Antibiotics include rifampin, rifabutin, and rifapentine
- Anticonvulsant drugs (such as phenobarbital, carbamazepine, and phenytoin)
- St. John’s wort
However, when the Ambien is used together with such medicines, it may not work correctly as usual. Because by these drugs the amount of Ambien may get decreased by them.