What Is Ambien?
Ambien is a medication used to treat a lack of sleep (insomnia). It is also called zolpidem. If you cannot sleep at night, then this is the medicine for you. It belongs to the group of sedative-hypnotics that means that it affects the brain and leaves a calming effect. This medication should not be used for a long time, it should be discontinued within 2-3 weeks.
How should Ambien be taken and stored?
Ambien should be taken on an empty stomach and it should be swallowed with water. Take one tablet at night before sleeping, consuming this medicine with food makes it work slowly. This medication should be taken only if you have 7 to 8 hours to sleep. If you wake up earlier then you may experience memory loss, confusion, or trouble in doing activities that need you to be alert such as driving or operating heavy machinery. Ambien has to be stored at room temperature and in a dry place. So it cannot be stored in a washroom. Keep
this medicine out of reach of children and pets as they can overdose and die. Do not give your medicine to anyone else just because you think they have the same condition as you as it can have extreme health effects.
Who should avoid using this medication?
Do not have this medicine with alcohol as it can have serious side effects. If you have had a history of depression, severe anxiety, or any other mental illness then inform your doctor before starting the treatment. If you are pregnant or If you plan on becoming pregnant then your doctor should know beforehand as this medicine can have life-long side effects on the unborn. If this medicine is taken in the last 3 months of pregnancy then the chances of the baby being born with breathing diseases are much higher. Furthermore, if you are a breastfeeding mother then avoid using Ambien or at least consult your doctor before using it as it can pass down through breastmilk and can leave life-threatening effects on the baby. If you have any lung issues, kidney disease, sleeping disorder (sleep apnea, narcolepsy), or breathing disorder then avoid using this medication as it can worsen your condition. If you were
or if you are involved in alcohol abuse or drug abuse then do not take this medicine as you can easily get addicted to it. If you are having any medicine for treating anxiety, seizures, or depression then avoid taking Ambien as they may react.
In what dosage should Ambien be taken?
The dosage of Ambien varies from person to person. It depends on it your age, gender, and seriousness of your medical condition. Do not increase your dosage without consulting your doctor. More than 10mg of Ambien should not be consumed in a day. Females should take a lower dosage as it takes more time for the drug to work in their bodies. Older people should also take low doses as the risk of side effects is higher for them. For people under the age of 18, Ambien is not preferred.
What are some of the withdrawal symptoms caused by this medicine?
Do not stop using this drug abruptly. Stop it by lowering the dose gradually to decrease the risk of withdrawal symptoms. Some of the withdrawal symptoms of Ambien include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and shakiness. To reduce these symptoms your doctor may lower your dose gradually. If your withdrawal symptoms intensify then tell your doctor and get medical attention immediately. This tablet should not be crushed, chewed, or snorted rather, it should be swallowed. Since it is to be taken once before bed, then it is unlikely to miss a dose.
Is Ambien addictive? And what to do in case of overdosing on Ambien?
The biggest risk of this medicine is that it can be extremely addictive. People with a history of substance abuse should stay away from this medicine as the chances of them getting addicted are higher. If used for a long time it may stop working. If this happens then contact your doctor immediately. Overdosing on this medication can prove to be fatal so, get immediate medical help if you or
anyone you know has overdosed on Ambien. Some symptoms of overdosing include trouble in breathing, coma, fainting, and lightheadedness. Avoid having this medicine if you are on travel as it needs 8 hours of unhindered sleep.
What are some side effects caused by this medicine?
When you first start using this medicine, you may face troubles in sleeping. This is known as rebound insomnia and it should go away in a day or two. Some side effects of this medicine include rapid heart rate, vomiting, nausea, impaired vision, disorientation, memory loss, dizziness, aggression, addiction, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, muscle cramps, chest pain, nightmares,
inability to concentrate, abdominal pain, respiratory depression, blurry vision, loss of coordination, diarrhea, constipation, mood swings, loss of appetite, shallow breathing, sedation, confusion, and drowsiness. For some people, this medication might cause an allergic reaction. These are very rare but if occur they can life-threatening. If you observe hives, shortness of breath, swelling of
face, tongue, lips, eyes, or throat then that means you are having a severe medical reaction to Ambien and you should seek medical assistance immediately.
When it is abused, Ambien can give a high jolt of energy which defeats the purpose of medicine. The misuse of prescription drugs is the highest as they are easily accessible. It is important to be aware of the fact that abusing these drugs is just as bad as abusing illicit drugs.