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What is Ambien? What’s Ambien used for?

ambien 10mgAmbien is the brand name for the drug Zolpidem and is used to induce sleep and therefore alleviate insomnia. In other words, it’s a sleeping pill. Ambien is used only for short-term relief of insomnia – usually it’s prescribed for just two to six weeks.

While it’s effective in initiating sleep – getting you to fall asleep – it doesn’t work to keep you asleep (unless it’s taken in a controlled-release form – Ambien CR).

How does Ambien work in the brain? How does Ambien affect the body? What Ambien does to you?

Zolpidem (Ambien) works by depressing the central nervous system, reducing its activity. The central nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal cord and processes and co-ordinates nerve impulses for most parts of the body. Ambien basically slows down the brain.

Zolpidem/Ambien does this by binding to GABA receptors in the brain. GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter – a chemical which reduces the excitation of neurons (nerves) throughout the central nervous system.

However, research has now found that a good part of Ambien’s effectiveness can be attributed to its psychological effects – e.g., placebo effect. In other words, believing Ambien will help you sleep is partly what makes it work.

A group of researchers who analysed many studies (with over four thousand participants in total), found that while drugs like Zolpidem (Ambien) do physically help induce sleep, “The size of this effect… is small and needs to be balanced with concerns about adverse effects, tolerance, and potential addiction.

The placebo response accounted for about half of the drug response. This suggests that increased attention should be directed at psychological interventions for insomnia.” (Huedo-Medina et al, 2012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3544552/)

In which case, you could potentially take a milder sleeping pill, if you can also believe that’ll help you!

Other studies show that psychological interventions like cognitive-behavioural therapy are effective in the long-term at improving the quality of sleep, whereas Ambien can only be used as a short-term treatment.

So how does Ambien make you feel? In one word – drowsy.

Does Ambien always work or does it sometimes stops working?

Ambien can become less effective when your body gets used to it. Then you need a higher dose to get the same effect. This can become dangerous obviously, due to potential side effects.

This is why it’s not recommended to take Ambien for more than a few weeks (up to six weeks, max), so that you don’t develop this tolerance to it. (More on this below.)

Are Ambien pills benzos or barbiturates or opiates?

Ambien is not a benzodiazepine or a barbiturate or an opiate. It’s classed as a nonbarbiturate hypnotic drug, although it has similar effects to barbiturates in that it’s a central nervous system depressant and works in a very similar way.

Is Ambien a narcotic?

No. A narcotic is a drug that relieves pain and/or induces numbness. Ambien (Zolpidem) induces sleepiness, or lengthens sleep, thus is called a hypnotic. It’s a bit different to a sedative, which is calming and reduces anxiety or agitation, but is not specifically soporific or sleep-inducing.

When did Ambien first come on the market?

Ambien was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1992, from which time it became available on the market.

Who makes / manufactures Zolpidem?

French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi-Aventis originally developed Zolpidem and marketed it as Ambien, and held the US patent on it. This expired in 2007 and generic versions of Ambien are now widely available.

Who makes generic Ambien?

Generic Ambien is made by many different manufacturers and is available under many different brand names, including Stilnox, although it’s sometimes just called Zolpidem, which is the actual drug name.

Dosages for Ambien

How much Ambien to take?

First off, follow the instructions and dosage your doctor has prescribed you. Ambien isn’t a drug to mess around with.

As for how much to take, the recommended dosage for Ambien has been cut in the US. It used to be 10mg and is now 5mg. This is because studies found people were still drowsy in the morning, after taking it the night before, and were at more risk of getting into car accidents. (This is the case for similar drugs like Edluar and Zolpimist too.)

For controlled-release tablets, the usual dosage is 6.25mg – also once a day, at bedtime. Swallow it whole – do not crush or split it. Or chew it.

For reasons that are yet to be understood, women and men process Zolpidem at different rates – men metabolise it faster than women. The US Food and Drug Administration thus requires that the recommended dose for women be only 5mg, and although it doesn’t insist on this for men, it does strongly recommend it.

Because taking Ambien (Zolpidem) for a while is associated with drug dependence and addiction, it’s best to take the smallest possible dose for the shortest possible time.

Taking Ambien is not a long-term solution to insomnia. Non-drug treatments such as psychological therapies (including cognitive-behavioural therapy) have been found to be effective for treating insomnia in the long-term.

How to take Ambien? When should Ambien be taken? What schedule?

Take Ambien without food and not on a full stomach.

You should take Ambien once a day, just as you’re going to bed. It’ll start working within fifteen to twenty minutes, and you want to be in bed and ready to sleep by the time it kicks in.

Don’t take Ambien unless you’ve got time to get at least seven to eight hours sleep – otherwise you’re definitely going to be too drowsy when you get up and may also experience memory problems.

Also, don’t take it for longer than four to five weeks unless your doctor’s told you take it for longer.

If you’re symptoms aren’t improving or are getting worse after a week or so of taking it, go back to talk to your doctor about it.

Why take Ambien on an empty stomach?

It works faster when you take it on an empty stomach.

How long does Ambien last? When does Ambien wear off?

Ambien is fast-acting – it takes effect within fifteen minutes. It’s immediate effects of helping you fall asleep wear off within a few hours.

However, its general effects of making you drowsy and confused can last until the next day, especially for women (whose bodies process the drug more slowly than mens’ do). So it’s advised to wait at least four hours after you wake up before you do anything requiring full alertness, like driving, to make sure you’re not affected.

If you take the controlled-release version of Ambien – Ambien CR – then you are far more likely to experience drowsiness the next day, and for longer. So you need to be extra careful.

Overdose is also something to watch out for. Basically, don’t take more than your doctor prescribed, but if you do think you or someone else has taken too much, get medical help urgently. Symptoms of overdose include sleepiness, confusion, shallow breathing, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma.

Should one take Ambien when travelling or flying?

Medical advice is not to take Ambien to help you sleep when flying or travelling. This is because you’re likely to get woken up before its effects have worn off. And this makes you more vulnerable to drowsiness and also amnesia (forgetfulness).

Ambien Safety Guidlines

Who can / should take Ambien?

Only if you have serious insomnia that hasn’t responded to other treatments should you take Ambien/zolpidem. This is because some of its side effects can be quite intense – see below – so it’s really best to think of it as a drug of last resort.

There are certain people who shouldn’t take Ambien at all.

Alcoholics, recovering alcoholics, and anyone with any history of substance abuse or dependence shouldn’t take Ambien or at least should be exceptionally wary with it, especially if they’ve had issues with sedatives or hypnotics or tranquilisers.

The elderly are more sensitive to the effects and side effects of zolpidem and are more at risk of mental impairment and falls. So, if you’re elderly, alternative sleeping medication like melatonin analogues are safer and probably at least as effective.

Other medical conditions can make taking Ambien unsafe, so check with a doctor if you have, or have had, any of the following:kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep), myasthenia gravis, a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), taking Ambien can make it worse, so best to avoid it.

And of course, if you’re allergic to zolpidem, don’t take it. Some zolpidem tablets contain lactose, so if you’re lactose-intolerant, check the non-medicinal ingredients before taking it.

Ambien side effects

What are side effects of Ambien (Zolpidem)?

Ambien/zolpidem has many side effects and some of them are pretty special.

Firstly, it’s common to have a sort of ‘hangover’ the next morning, when you’re still drowsy and your thought processes, alertness, reactions and physical dexterity are compromised – i.e., you can be sleepy, confused, unco-ordinated, slow to react. This makes you more at risk when driving and older people are more at risk of falling and breaking hips etc.

This is not something to dismiss. Studies have found that even eight hours after taking 10mg zolpidem, 15% of women and 3% of men have enough of it in their blood that they wouldn’t be able to drive properly (and after taking 12.5mg dose of an extended-release formulation, 33% and 25% of women and men would be unsafe to drive.)

The FDA now recommend that you don’t drive or do anything requiring mental alertness the day after taking zolpidem if you took a controlled-release version. However, as one commentator points out, this defeats the object of taking zolpidem, since presumably you are taking it to treat your insomnia so you can function better the next day.

Even if you’ve taken the normal Ambien tablet, it’s still best to wait a few hours once you’re awake to check you’re not having these effects before you drive or do anything requiring alertness and co-ordination.

More seriously, some people actually drive whilst asleep on Ambien, as well as doing other routine activities like sleep walking, sleep eating, making phone calls and sexual activites, especially when they’re just starting to take Ambien. These incidents can be very bizarre. For example, it’s reported that some people found they were eating very strange things like buttered cigarettes and whole eggs (including the shells). Some then sued the maker of Ambien (Sanofi-Avantis), with their lawyer referring to them as “Ambien zombies”. The FDA then ordered Ambien manufacturers to put stronger warnings on the drug’s packaging.

This might sound mundane, but these kind of effects got a lot of publicity in Australia after two people fell to their deaths (from a balcony and a bridge) after sleepwalking under the effects of Ambien. The Australian authorities now have this warning on the packets: “Zolpidem may be associated with potentially dangerous complex sleep-related behaviors that may include sleep walking, sleep driving, and other bizarre behaviours.”

People have also run people over while driving while asleep on Ambien. More on this below.

Other common side effects of taking Ambien (Zolpidem) include memory loss, tiredness and clumsiness during the day, stuffy or dry nose, mouth, or throat, headaches, muscular pain, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation or diarrhea.

You can also experience psychological side-effects like depression, anxiety, aggression, agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts, hallucinations, memory problems, changes in personality, risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger, or thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. Obviously if you do, stop taking it and talk with your doctor.

Another risk is building up a tolerance to it and becoming addicted to it – this is more of a risk the longer you take it – more on this below.

“Excess mortality” is also another side effect, due to the fact that taking Ambien or similar drugs can increase your risk of cancer.

Some people may have severe allergic reactions to zolpidem/Ambien so get emergency medical help if you have hives, difficulty breathing, and/or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

For a comprehensive list of possible side-effects of taking Ambien, click here

Are side-effects of Ambien permanent?

It’s not clear that they can be permanent but some can certainly be long-term. For example, even just using it for longer than a week can cause worse insomnia after you stop taking it.

Using Ambien for several weeks or more can lead to physical dependence on it, which then means you get withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. Always check with your doctor about how to come off it to minimise the possiblity of withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can be quite serious and may include seizures.

Can Ambien be bad for you?

Taking Ambien can be extremely bad for you and dangerous, mainly if you end up doing some kind of activity while asleep, such as driving. Actually, in this case, Ambien can be bad for people that don’t take it too, since a few folk have been run down and injured or killed by people driving while asleep due to taking Ambien.

Now, this happens to a minority of people who take Ambien, and most people who take it don’t have major problems. However, it is something to bear in mind – and if you are taking Ambien, you could take precautions (hide your car keys, ask a friend/family member to keep an eye on you), especially when you’re first starting to take it.

You can read a good (and disturbing) article about the more serious consequences of Ambien here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/ambien-side-effect-sleepwalking-sleep-aid_n_4589743.html

In what way is Ambien addictive?

Using Ambien for a long time has been found to be associated with developing tolerance to it, becoming physically dependent on it and sometimes becoming addicted to taking it.

The issue is that people quickly develop a tolerance for Ambien (Zolpidem), meaning that their body gets used to it, and so larger doses are needed to produce the same effects. Some people develop tolerance within just a few weeks of taking it.

Once you’re tolerant to a drug, when you stop taking it you can get withdrawal effects (if you stop taking Zolpidem suddenly after taking it for a while, you can experience severe withdrawal effects such as seizures).

Developing tolerance to a drug makes it more likely you’ll become physically dependent on it and become addicted to it.

As such, it’s recommended to be used for the shortest possible time at the lowest possible dose. Or take a different sleeping medication. Or go for psychological approaches, like cognitive-behavioural training!

Can I take Ambien with other medications?

It depends on the medication. However, since many medications and even herbal or vitamin supplements can interact with it, check with your doctor if you’re taking any other medications or supplements before taking Ambien (Zolpidem).

Since Ambien is a CNS depressant, other medications that are CNS depressants will add to its effects (and vice versa), and so should be avoided. Check with your doctor if you’re taking other CNS depressant medicines – these are any medications that can make you drowsy and/or slow your breathing.

These include antihistamines or medicine for hay fever or other allergies, cold medication, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping medicine, pain medicine, muscle relaxants, medicine for seizures.

Other medications that definitely interact with Ambien include any barbiturates, chlorpromazine, fluoxetine, itraconazole or ketoconazole, rifampin, imipramine, sertraline, and anaesthetics including some dental anaesthetics.

Are Ambien and Xanax safe to take together?

Generally no, although you can check with your doctor about your specific circumstances. The two drugs do interact and using them together increases side effects drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.

You might also have trouble thinking and co-ordinating your body, especially if you’re elderly. Since they’re both central nervous system depressants, there’s a danger they can slow down your nervous system too much.

Can I take Ambien with alcohol?

Not a good idea! It interacts with alcohol and can make you more prone to the drowsy side effects. It can also make you more vulnerable to accidentally overdosing on it. The same goes for opiates and other drugs or substances which depress the central nervous system (CNS depressants).

Medical advice is don’t take Ambien if you’ve had alcohol that day.

Also, alcoholics and recovering alcoholics are much more likely to become physically tolerant to and dependent on Ambien (Zolpidem), because it stimulates some of the same brain receptors as alcohol does.

And people with a history of any substance abuse are more likely to become psychologically dependent on it.

Can I take Ambien when pregnant / breastfeeding?

It’s not recommended to take Ambien (Zolpidem) when pregnant or breastfeeding as it may harm your foetus/baby (it can pass into breast milk). It would only be advisable to take it if the benefits outweighed the risks – something to consult with your doctor about.

Comparisons between Ambien and other drugs

Are Ambien like Quaaludes?

A bit, in that they have hypnotic and sedative effects. However Quaaludes (methaqualone) are illegal in some countries (including the US and India) and Ambien is not, although you need a prescription for it.

Are Ambien the same as other drugs such as:

  • Lunesta
  • Restoril
  • Stilnox
  • Trazodone
  • Xanax
  • Zolpidem
  • Zopiclone

Ambien, Stilnox and Zolpidem are the same – Zolpidem is the actual drug and Ambien and Stilnox are two of its brand names.

Eszopiclone (brand name Lunesta) and Zopiclone (brand names Zimovane and Imovane) and zaleplon (Sonata) are the same class of drug as Zolpidem (Ambien) and have similar hypnotic and sedative effects – and side-effects. They’re called Z-drugs and although they’re not benzodiazepines, they have similar effects to benzodiazepines.

Restoril (temazepam) is a benzodiazepine hypnotic, also used to treat insomnia and also anxiety.

Xanax (brand name of alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine, used to treat anxiety rather than insomnia.

Trazodone is an anti-depressant, though it has some sleep-inducing properties and is prescribed for insomnia in some European countries.

Which is safer – Ambien or Restoril, Melatonin or Xanax ?

Xanax is prescribed for anxiety rather than insomnia, so you can’t do a direct comparison between Xanax and Ambien.

As for Restoril (Temazepam), it’s a benzodiazepine and Ambien is not, though the two work in similar ways. For a while drugs like Ambien were considered safer, with less potential for dependence and addiction, but lately it seems that there’s not much difference in this respect.

Restoril doesn’t have the side-effects of crazy sleep behaviour to the same extent that Ambien does, so in that way could be safer (although such effects are still possible). Talk to your doctor though to see what’s best for you.

Melatonin is a hormone made naturally by the body and Melatonin medication is a synthetic version of this. Taking it on a certain schedule can help adjust or stablise your sleep-wake cycle and may help with insomnia. Its listed side-effects are less severe than those of Ambien so it does appear to be safer, and you can take it for longer.

However, at the moment, in the UK, Melatonin is mainly prescribed for insomnia for the over 55s.

Which is better – Ambien or

  • Lunesta,
  • Melatonin
  • Restoril (temazepam)
  • Sonata
  • Trazodone?

See the answers above for the differences between these drugs and for their relative safety.

However, only a doctor can figure out with you which one is better for YOU.

Everyone’s health conditions and circumstances are unique so what’s better for one person might not be better for another. The important thing is to take the drug as prescribed.

How to buy Ambien

Why is Ambien a controlled substance?

Zolpidem is a Schedule IV controlled substance in the US, a Class C drug in the UK and a controlled substance in many other countries. This is because of the potential for users to develop dependence and addiction.

Which generic Ambien works best?

It doesn’t matter – the active ingredient is the same – Zolpidem. As long as you’re buying a good quality generic from a reliable source.

Where to buy Ambien online?

Some online pharmacies allow you to go through a consultation with a doctor online in order to get a prescription and then order Ambien (if it’s safe for you to do so).

Don’t buy Ambien from a pharmacy that doesn’t use an online consultationaas part of the ordering process.

Where to buy Ambien online?

Since general versions of Ambien (zolpidem) are available, many pharmacies sell Ambien or generic versions.

Only licensed doctors may prescribe Ambien and it is not sold OTC (over the counter)

If you which to buy cheap Ambien online in the UK, or internationally, two online pharmacies we recommend sell Ambien 5mg and Ambien 10mg tablets. (Medsonline only sells Ambien 10mg)

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