Ambien FAQs

The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on Ambien provides general information on the anti-insomnia drug Ambien as well as specific informative material on Ambien frequently sought by users of the medication. Some of the frequently asked questions on Ambien are included below:

1. What is Ambien?
Ambien is a prescription-based sleep medicine for the treatment of insomnia and it belongs to a specific class of medicines commonly known as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Ambien is a product of Sanofi-Aventis and it has gained approval from the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) for treating insomnia.

2. What Are The Active And Inactive Ingredients In Ambien?
The chief active ingredient of Ambien is Zolpidem tartrate. However, Ambien is also composed of several inactive ingredients and they are namely, magnesium stearate, lactose, polyethylene glycol, sodium starch glycolate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, micro-crystalline cellulose and titanium dioxide.
Besides the above composition, the 5 mg Ambien tablet contains iron oxide colorant, polysorbate 80 and FD&C Red No. 40.

3. How Does Ambien Work?
There are specific chemicals present in the brain that make it imbalanced and trigger off insomnia. However, Ambien starts functioning by unleashing its effect on these brain chemicals and as soon as these brain chemicals are affected by Ambien, the patient obtains considerable relief from the shackles of insomnia.

4. Is It Necessary To Initiate A Discussion With A Health Practitioner Before Taking Ambien?

Ambien is a prescription-based drug and should be used only after getting hold of the doctor’s prescription and also in accordance with the instructions of the physician.

However, before taking the anti-insomnia medicine Ambien, you should consult your healthcare practitioner thoroughly and also it is necessary to tell the doctor if you are in the grip of liver disease, kidney disorder, sleep apnea, lung disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.Altogether, if you have a history of alcohol or drug addiction or if you have a history of mental illness, suicidal thoughts and depression, you need to inform the doctor appropriately before taking Ambien.

Further, if you are in the grip of the aforementioned medical conditions, you are likely to be in need of undergoing special tests or special dosage adjustment before starting to administer Ambien.

5. How Is Ambien To Be Taken?
Ambien is meant to be taken in the precise manner in which it is prescribed for you by the physician. However, you should never administer larger dosages of the medicine or think of taking it for a longer duration than suggested by the doctor.

Ambien is to be taken along with a glassful of water and you should never take the medication during your waking hours until and unless you have around 7-8 hours for sleeping. Moreover, you should take Ambien only if you are able to enjoy a full night’s sleep before you become active and start enjoying your active life.

As the medicine Ambien is available with patient instructions for effective usage, these instructions are to be followed carefully while administering the drug. However, you can ask the pharmacist or the doctor if you have any queries on Ambien.

6. What Is To Be Done If An Ambien Dosage Is Missed?
When you miss an Ambien dosage, you don’t need to take extra tablets to make up for that missed dose. Leave the missed dose and take the next scheduled dosage without worrying over anything.

7. What Is To Be Done When I Find That I Have Taken Over Dosages Of Ambien?
Overdoses of Ambien can be extremely life-threatening when the drug is taken along with other medicines that are capable of causing sleepiness. As a result of Ambien over dosage, you may suffer from shallow breathing, fainting, confusion, coma or a feeling of light headedness. However, when you discover that you have taken Ambien over dosages, you should instantly seek emergency medical care.

8. What Is To Be Avoided While Administering Ambien?
First of all, you should never consider taking alcohol along with Ambien as alcohol is likely to increase drowsiness and other side-effects of Ambien.

However, Ambien side-effects are capable of making you sleepy the morning after taking the medication and therefore, until and unless you get to know how this medicine can affect you during your waking hours, you should be careful while piloting an airplane, driving or doing anything that needs you to remain alert.

Altogether, it is necessary to avoid taking Ambien on occasions such as if you are planning to sleep on an airplane during a travel journey. However, caution is to be maintained in this regard because you are most likely to be awakened before the effects of Ambien vanishes.

9. Is There Any Side-Effect Of Ambien?
Yes. Similarly to any other chemically synthesized medicine, Ambien also facilitates certain side-effects that disappear gradually over time. Some of the Ambien side-effects are namely, allergic reactions (that include swelling of tongue, lips, face and throat, difficulty in breathing at al).

However, Ambien also occasionally yields certain less serious side-effects such as lack of coordination, weakness, dizziness, forgetfulness, memory loss or amnesia, constipation, nausea, vivid or abnormal dreams et al and the serious side-effects triggered off by Ambien are namely, confusion, depression, hallucination, anxiety, reduced inhibition, unusual thought, aggression, risk taking behavior and similar others.

As soon as any of the Ambien side-effects show off, you should stop taking the medication and consult the doctor immediately.

10. Is There Any Drug Interaction Possible With Ambien?
Ambien may interact with several medicines and hence before moving ahead to treat your insomnia with Ambien, you should inform the doctor if you are currently using specific medicines, namely, itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), certain anti-depressants such as sertraline (Zoloft), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil) and rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater).

However, there are also several other medicines that can possibly interact with Ambien and hence before using Ambien, you should inform the doctor about all the prescription-based and over-the-counter medicines you are using including herbal products, minerals, vitamins and various other medications.

11. How Is Ambien To Be Stored?
Ambien is meant to be stored at a specific room temperature of 68 degree to 77 degree F (20 to 25 degree C) and most particularly, it should be kept away from children.