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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. Continue Reading ...

Ambien Benefits

Ambien, the medicine to treat sleeplessness is prescribed for the short term treatment of insomnia and further it has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) as an effective medication for treating insomnia. There are several specific advantages that a patient suffering from insomnia can avail of after administering Ambien. Some of these Ambien benefits are, namely;

  • Ambien provides considerable assistance to people who are not able to fall asleep instantly after hitting the bed. However, as soon as Ambien is administered to these people, it starts impacting certain chemicals present in the brain that are responsible for making the brain imbalanced and trigger off insomnia. This special effect of Ambien ultimately relieves people from the grip of insomnia.
  • Ambien is proven to be effective for inducing sleep in individuals within 15-30 minutes soon after the administration of the drug. Therefore, Ambien is to be administered by patients suffering from insomnia only when they are ready to hit the bed and sleep.
  • Further, controlled clinical trials have made it apparent that Ambien reduces sleep latency for a period of up to 35 days. The clinical trials undertaken to evaluate the effect of Ambien on sleep latency lasted for around 4-5 weeks and the final formal evaluation of sleep latency was done at the completion of the treatment.
  • People in the grip of insomnia are generally troubled by frequent sleep interruptions and as a consequence, they have to wake up in the middle of the night without being able to return to sleep. And it is witnessed that there are less instances of waking up during the night by Ambien users in comparison to patients taking placebo for treating their insomnia.
  • The anti-insomnia drug Ambien is considerably useful than other sleep inducing medications as it assists you to avoid waking up early from bed. Altogether, Ambien provides a full night’s sleep and further Ambien has been found to be clinically effective in increasing sleep time for the whole night.

Ambien Addiction

If an individual under the grip of sleep disorders such as insomnia continues to take Ambien for a prolonged period of time, he is likely to become dependent on the medicine and this phenomenon is known as Ambien dependence or Ambien addiction.

Generally, people suffering from Ambien addiction take Ambien tablets more than what is necessary and it is due to the fact that these individuals who are addicted to Ambien are prone to forget their previous Ambien usage.

Ambien addiction becomes the ultimate result of taking Ambien for a prolonged period of time. However, when an individual takes Ambien for a longer period of time, his body becomes more addicted to the drug and then he feels the need of higher Ambien dosages and this ultimately makes him seriously addicted to Ambien. It is generally seen that the elderly people who take more than the required dosage of Ambien are increasingly at risk of getting addicted to the drug.
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About Ambien

An Introductory Note on Ambien sleeping pills

Ambien is a prescription-based sleep aid pill and it has gained approval from the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) as an effective medicine for short term treatment of insomnia. Ambien is owned by the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis and it falls into the category of medicines commonly known as hypnotics or sedatives or central nervous system (CNS) depressants.

The chief active component of Ambien is Zolpidem. However, Ambien is comprised of several inactive components also and these are particularly, sodium starch glycolate, titanium dioxide, micro-crystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, lactose and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose. However, in addition to these ingredients, a 5 mg Ambien tablet is composed of polysorbate 80, iron oxide colorant and FD&C Red No. 40. Continue Reading ...

Ambien Storage

Ambien tablets are to be stored properly to keep the effectiveness of the medicines intact and for proper storage of Ambien, it is essential to take a few steps. The storage instructions for Ambien are namely;

Ambien is to be stored at a comfortable place and away from moisture, light and heat.
Ambien is meant to be stored at a specific room temperature of 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C).

You should keep Ambien tablets away from pets and kids.
Ambien is not to be stored in the bathroom at any cost.

Ambien Safety Measures

To use Ambien safely as well as effectively and to obtain maximum benefits from your Ambien usage, it is important to adopt certain Ambien precautionary measures. Some of the Ambien safety measures are highlighted below:

1. The use of Ambien, the medicine for treating insomnia, may lead to certain allergic reactions. However, when you show off certain signs of Ambien allergic reaction, namely, breathing difficulty, hives, swelling of the lips, tongue face, throat, etc. you need to stop the intake of Ambien at once and seek out appropriate medical assistance.

2. The sleeping pill Ambien may trigger off certain side-effects that can further unleash disastrous impact on your thinking process. However, after taking Ambien and having a good night’s sleep, you may wake up feeling sleepy in the morning. Therefore, until and unless you get to know the side-effects triggered off by Ambien while you were awake, you need to be cautious while performing anything that requires you to stay vigilant and alert such as piloting an airplane, handling machinery, driving etc. Continue Reading ...

Ambien Dosage & Administration

Ambien Dosage
Ambien is available in 5 mg and 10 mg tablets. However, the medicine is available in 6.25 mg dosages also under the brand name Ambien CR.

  • Ambien 5 mg tablets are pink, film-coated and capsule-shaped tablets.
  • Ambien 10 mg tablets are white, film-coated and capsule-shaped tablets.
  • Ambien CR 6.25 mg tablets are round, pink and controlled release tablets.

The safety as well as effectiveness of Ambien dosages has not been evaluated in children. However, adults are recommended to take 10 mg Ambien dosages before going off to sleep.

An adult should not administer more than 10 mg Ambien dosages on a daily basis and the physician is likely to prescribe a smaller dosage of Ambien if you are in the grip of liver problems or are sensitive to the medicine. The older men and women are likely to be more sensitive to the effects of Ambien and hence 5 mg Ambien dosage is initially recommended for older men and women. Continue Reading ...

Generic Ambien Tablets

There are various generic versions of Ambien® tablets and all generic Ambien tablets are film-coated zolpidem tartrate tablets and are meant for the short term treatment of insomnia distinguished by difficulties related to falling asleep.

The efficacy of zolpidem tartrate tablets is clinically established with several clinical experiments proving that zolpidem tartrate tablets reduce sleep latency for a period of around 35 days. Therefore, they can be opted for the treatment of insomnia without any doubt over their efficacy.

It is essential to get hold of a prescription from the doctor before using generic Ambien tablets or zolpidem tartrate tablets as they are prescription-based medicines and moreover they should be taken as per the instructions of the doctor only. Continue Reading ...

Ambien Vs Ambien CR

Ambien is a Sanofi-Aventis manufactured sleeping pill that is meant for treating insomnia in people and Ambien CR is the extended release form of Ambien. Ambien CR is also FDA approved and is a product of the same company Sanofi-Aventis but there are specific tidbits related to Ambien as well as Ambien CR that distinguish one from another.

The specific differences between Ambien and Ambien CR are:

  • Ambien® has gained initial US approval from the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) in 1992 as an effective prescription-based medicine for the treatment of insomnia while on the other hand Ambien CR has been approved by the FDA much later and is made available in the US in October 2005 for treating insomnia.
  • Ambien® is a single layered tablet while Ambien CR is made up of two layers. The first Ambien CR layer dissolves instantly to cause sleep while the second layer is released gradually as well as quickly in the body and helps you to stay asleep.
  • There are several generic versions of Ambien® but there is no generic form of Ambien CR.
  • Ambien® is used for the short term treatment of insomnia only while Ambien CR has been approved by the FDA for being used by people suffering from insomnia for a comparatively long period also if recommended by the doctor.
  • Ambien CR is different from Ambien® as well as other prescription-based sleep medications and it is particularly known for helping an insomnia afflicted individual to fall asleep and also to stay asleep.

Ambien & FDA Approval

The branded Ambien® medicine, a product of the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis, has been granted initial US approval by the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) in 1992 as an effective treatment for insomnia in adults. However, the generic name of Ambien® is Zolpidem tartrate and the FDA has also approved Generic 5 and 10 mg Zolpidem Tartrate (Ambien) tablets manufactured by specific pharmaceutical companies. These generic manufacturers are namely,

  • SYNTHON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
  • APOTEX INC.
  • RANBAXY LABORATORIES LIMITED
  • DR. REDDY’S LABORATORIES LTD
  • MYLAN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
  • ROXANE LABORATORIES, INC.
  • WATSON LABORATORIES, INC.
  • PAR PHARMACEUTICAL, INC.
  • CARLABAD TECHNOLOGY, INC.
  • GENPHARM INC
  • MUTUAL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY, INC.
  • CARACO PHARMACEUTICAL LABORATOTRIES, LTD
  • LEK PHARMACEUTICALS, d.d.
  • TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA

Ambien® has been approved by the FDA after evaluating the effectiveness of this medicine through a whole range of clinical experiments. The series of clinical trials undertaken on Ambien have made it evident that soon after the administration of Ambien, the medicine starts functioning on certain chemicals present in the brain that are responsible for causing insomnia and relieves people from the clasp of sleeplessness. Therefore, without any hesitation, you can administer Ambien and obtain relief from the grip of insomnia.