Ambien is a prescription medicine used for individuals that have problems getting a good night sleep. It is usually used for a short-period of time (7- to 10-day) Ambien helps to re-establish the quality of sleep.
It was first introduced in Europe in 1988, and five years later in the United States. There has been more than 4 billion doses of Ambien prescribed worldwide. Ask your doctor about Ambien to see if it’s right for you.
Does Ambien work?
Yes, Ambien aids people who suffer from insomnia to fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes after taking the medication.
For this reason only take Ambien when you are ready to go to sleep. Ambien will help you relax, stay asleep and not wake up too early.
Only take Ambien when you are ready to dedicate a full night of sleep (7 to 8 hours).
What are the most common side-effects?
Keep in mind that all medicines will have some side-effects. When taking Ambien you may experience drowsiness, dizziness, and in rare occasions diarreha during the first few days because you body is getting used to the medication.
It is not recommended for you to drive, operate machinery or do any kind of activities that may require your full attention until you can tell if it will affect your mental or physical performance upon waking up.It is also important to do not drink any alcoholic beverages while taking Ambien.
Will I feel drowsy the next day?
In recent studies with patients taking Ambien, only 2% of people reported daytime sleepiness.
You can minimize the chances of feeling drowsy by following closely your doctor’s directions and also dedicating a good amount (7 to 8 hours) of sleep time.
Can I take Ambien if I’m also taking other medications?
It is not recommended to take other medications while taking Ambien because it can interfere with the results of Ambien.
It is better to consult your pharmacist or doctor about possible interactions of other medications. Do not take any alcohol while using Ambien.
Can I take Ambien if I’m pregnant?
There has not been any tests done about the side-effect of Ambien on pregnant women. However, Ambien is not recommended during pregnancy, unless it is determined by your physician.
Some sleep medication may put under sedation the unborn baby when using it during the last stages of the pregnancy. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you become pregnant while taking this medicine.
I’m an older adult who has insomnia. Will Ambien work for me?
Yes. Ambien is an excellent short-range treatment for insomnia in older adults.
However, you might experience more sensitivity to the effects of drugs such as Ambien, so it is probable that your doctor will prescribed you a smaller dose to decrease the possibility of side effects.
Your doctor will establish the dose that’s best for you.
How long can I safely take Ambien?
Frequently Ambien, like most other sleep medicines, is initially suggested for 7 to 10 days as needed.
Your doctor will advise you about taking it for a longer period of time.
How can I use Ambien properly?
When using Ambien, it is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions. Ambien has been classified as Schedule IV substance by government regulation.
Please ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about this. For more information, please read relevant product information.