Prior to taking this drug, you should notify your healthcare provider if you have:
- Sleep apnea or other type of respiratory disease, such as emphysema or COPD
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Any sort of addiction
- Any allergies to medicines.
Let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Ambien CR During Pregnancy)
- Drinking alcohol (see Ambien CR and Alcohol).
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may currently be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Ambien CR Precautions and Warnings for more information, including information on who should not take the drug.)
You should not take Ambien CR if you are allergic to it or any component of zolpidem tartrate. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
There have been a limited number of cases of people overdosing on Ambien CR. An overdose could produce a variety of reactions -- from excessive tiredness to light coma. If you happen to take an overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Ambien CR Overdose for more information.)