Ambien; Ambien CR; Edluar; Intermezzo; Zolpimist [DSC]
- It is used to treat sleep problems.
- If you have an allergy to zolpidem or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This drug may be habit-forming with long-term use.
- When sleep drugs are used nightly for more than a few weeks, they may not work as well to help sleep problems. This is known as tolerance. Only use sleep drugs for a short time. If sleep problems last, call the doctor.
- Do not take naps.
- Use care when driving or doing other tasks that call for clear eyesight.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing stairs.
- Avoid alcohol or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- Some people have done certain tasks or actions while they were not fully awake like driving, making and eating food, and having sex. Most of the time, people do not remember doing these things. Tell your doctor if this happens to you.
- This drug may cause sleepiness or lower alertness. This may lead to falls and injuries that may be very bad. Very bad injuries like broken hips and bleeding in the brain have happened. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are a woman, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- This drug is not approved for use in children. The chance of side effects like dizziness and hallucinations may be raised in children. However, your child’s doctor may decide the benefits of taking this drug may outweigh the risks. Talk with the doctor if you have questions about giving this drug to your child.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- You may not be alert. Do not drive or do other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert on the day after you take this drug.
All other products:
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert after you take this drug. You may still feel sleepy the day after you take this drug. Avoid these tasks or actions until you feel fully awake.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Shortness of breath.
- Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Feeling confused.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Change in balance.
- Change in eyesight.
- Memory problems or loss.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Feeling sleepy the next day.
- Upset stomach.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Use this drug only for short periods of time (7 to 10 days).
- Do not take this drug unless you can get a full night’s sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours) before you need to be active again.
- Take this drug at bedtime.
- Take on an empty stomach.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Spray into mouth over the tongue.
- Prime pump before first use.
- Prime pump by spraying it 5 times.
- If you have not used the spray for more than 14 days, you will need to prime the pump with 1 spray or until you see a fine mist.
Under the tongue (sublingual) tablet:
- Be sure your hands are dry before you touch this drug.
- Place under tongue and let melt all the way. Do not chew, suck or swallow tablet.
- Do not eat, drink, or smoke while the tablet is melting.
- Take only as needed if you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble going back to sleep. Only take a dose if you have 4 or more hours of bedtime left. Do not take more than 1 dose per night.
- Only keep 1 pouch with this drug in it at your bedside. Store all other pouches away from your bedside. Do not remove the drug from the pouch until you are ready to take a dose. After you take this drug, leave the empty pouch where you can see it. This will help remind you that you have taken your dose.
- Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than every 24 hours unless told to do so by your doctor.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- Store upright with the cap on.
- Do not freeze.
- Throw away after the stated number of sprays have been used, even if it feels like there is more drug left.
All other products:
- Protect from light.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.