Ambien is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. Zolpidem affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems insomnia).
Ambien is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release tablet is used to help you fall asleep when you first go to bed. The extended-release form, Ambien CR, has a first layer that dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep, and a second layer that dissolves slowly to help you stay asleep.
Zolpidem is available as 5 mg and 10 mg immediate-release oral tablets and 6.25 mg and 12.5 mg extended-release oral tablets. You can also buy Ambien online.
How long does it take for Ambien to kick in?
Ambien works relatively quickly, and it remains in the body for a short period of time. It has a rapid onset of action within 30 minutes, with peak effects reaching within 1–2.5 hours for most people, depending on whether the person took an immediate- or extended-release version of the drug.
What to know before taking Ambien?
Ambien will work faster if not taken with food. Take tablets immediately before going to bed, not sooner. Do not take Ambien if you have drunk alcohol that evening or before bed. Do not take Ambien if you are unlikely to stay in bed for the next seven to eight hours.
What are the benefits of using Ambien?
Ambien helps in slowing down the brain activity, allowing you to sleep. It helps a person with insomnia to quickly fall asleep and stay asleep. Ambien is useful for people who have trouble falling asleep to get a good and fast sleep.
It is useful for the short-term relief of insomnia.
What are the side effects of Ambien?
Taking zolpidem may cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, or swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
Ambien can make you sleepy during the daytime. Talk to your doctor if this happens.
Some side effects of Ambien are as follows:
loss of coordination
mood or behavior changes
Stop using this medicine if you have:
fast or irregular heartbeat
shortness of breath
trouble breathing or swallowing
How does Ambien work?
Ambien decreases brain activity, producing a calming effect.
Ambien causes the sedative impact by enhancing Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) effects, a chemical transmitter in the brain.
What to avoid while taking Ambien?
You should avoid the use of alcohol while being treated with zolpidem. Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of zolpidem such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment.