Zolpidem is used to treat a certain sleep problem (insomnia) in adults. It helps you sleep faster and stay longer, so you can get better night’s sleep. It can also reduce the number of times you wake up during the night. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect.
How to use Zolpidem TARTRATE ER
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking care of yourself. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor, usually once a night. Since zolpidem works quickly, take it right before you get into bed. Do not take it as soon as possible.
Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Doing so can all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score and your doctor or so. Swallow the whole gold split tablet without crushing or chewing.
Dizziness may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
This medication can make you sleepy during the day. Tell your doctor if you have daytime drowsiness. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Memory loss, mental / mood / behavior changes, such as new / worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, anxiety ).
Rarely, after taking this drug, people have gotten out of bed and driven vehicles while not fully awake (“sleep-driving”). People also have sleepwalked, prepared / eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not fully awake. Often, these people do not remember these events. This problem can be dangerous to you or others. If you find out that you have done this after this medication, tell your doctor right away.