Adequate precaution should be exercised before the use of Ambien. A physician advice is essential before the use of this medicine. This medicine may not be conducive if you:
- Are afflicted with liver and kidney problems
- Are sensitive or allergic to any of the components of Zolpidem tartrate
- Suffer from sleep apnea, breathing problems, depression, myasthenia gravis have a history of breathing problems like bronchitis, asthma or emphysema are planning to get pregnant
This medicine should be used for short term use only. You may experience dependence and addiction after its regular use for more than 4 weeks. Further, you may have to experience withdrawal symptoms after stopping its use. Increased anxiety, stomach cramps, vomiting and nausea are some of the common withdrawal symptoms. It is always advisable to seek the help of a sleep specialist in order to avoid symptoms of rebound insomnia.
Zolpidem should be taken with a glass of water before bedtime. A lighter dosage is normally recommended for patients of liver complications. Elderly people should also start with a 5 mg dose. It should not be used by individuals below 18 years of age. Chewing of the pill is not advised.
Some of the common side effects of Zolpidem include dizziness, drowsiness, physical tiredness, dry mouth, changes in taste etc. Memory loss, confusion, stress, anxiety, reduced sex drive, nausea, rashes and headache are serious side effects. Never take this medicine before driving a car or operating heavy machinery. Mild side effects last only for a day or two. A person following doctor’s advice rarely experiences adverse side effects.