Sleeping Tablets / Pills
ABOUT GENERIC AMBIEN
Generic Ambien (Zolpidem Tartrate) is used for the short term relief of insomnia (sleeplessness) available in 2 strengths - 5 mg and 10 mg pills. It is a non-narcotic medication offering excellent sleep maintenance and has been FDA approved for the treatment of insomnia with an effective time span of 6 to 7 hours.
BEFORE USING GENERIC AMBIEN
Rarely, Ambien can cause adverse reactions for some people. These adverse reactions can include swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat; difficulty with breathing and hives. Due to the sedative effect this medication should not be taken during waking hours. It should only be taken if there is a full 7 to 8 hours to dedicate to sleeping. With extended use it is possible to cause dependence. If this happens and usage is suddenly ceased, withdrawal symptoms may result. These can include vomiting, stomach cramps, nausea, flushing and increased nervousness. After it is no longer taken, patients may experience trouble sleeping. This is called rebound insomnia and will almost certainly disappear after 1 to 2 nights.
HOW TO USE GENERIC AMBIEN
Please note that generic Ambien works quickly, therefore should be taken by mouth, on an empty stomach, just before bedtime. If taken with food, the effects of the medication will be delayed due to a slower absorbsion rate.
The main factors that determine dosage are age and any underlying medical condition. The maximum recommended dose is 10 milligrams before bedtime. However, the dosage may need to be decreased in certain circumstances. Elderly or debilitated patients or patients with hepatic insufficiency may be more sensitive to the effects of the medication. In these cases, an initial dose of 5 milligrams before bedtime is recommended. Generic Ambien is not recommended to be used by people under the age of 18 years.
GENERIC AMBIEN DRUG INTERACTIONS
Alcohol should always be avoided when using generic Ambien as alcohol will increase its sedative effect. The following drugs are also known to interact with generic Ambien: chlorpromazine, cimetidine, fluconazole, imipramine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, rifampicin, ritonavir. It is to be noted that imipramine and chlorpromazine can cause an additional decrease of awareness in patients that are taking generic Ambien. Medical advice should always be sought if taking any other medication before taking generic Ambien, especially the medications listed above.