zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Zolpimist, Edluar, [Tovalt ODT has been discontinued])

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GENERIC NAME: zolpidem

BRAND NAME: Ambien, Ambien CR, Intermezzo, Zolpimist, Edluar

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Tovalt ODT

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES:

  • Zolpidem is used for treating insomnia.
  • Conventional tablets are used for short-term treatment of insomnia associated with difficulty falling asleep.
  • Long acting tablets are used for treating insomnia associated with difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Zolpidem improves initiation of sleep and keeps patients asleep longer.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of zolpidem are:

Other side effects include:

Zolpidem can cause withdrawal symptoms (muscle cramps, sweats, shaking, and seizures) when the drug is abruptly discontinued. Zolpidem can cause abnormal behavior with confusion, paradoxical insomnia or "complex sleep-related behaviors," which may include sleep-driving (driving with no memory of having done so). If these side effects occur, zolpidem should be discontinued.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/16/2016



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