A healthcare provider may prescribe Ambien® (zolpidem tartrate) to treat short-term insomnia in adults. However, for some people, Ambien does not work adequately or may cause bothersome side effects. Fortunately, there are several alternatives available for Ambien.
Some other medications that are considered Ambien alternatives include:
Your healthcare provider will consider several factors when treating your insomnia. Some of these factors include how long the insomnia has lasted, the cause of the insomnia, and your age and general health. In some cases, treating the underlying problem or using certain behavioral techniques can also help treat insomnia.
(Click Insomnia Treatment for more detail on possible alternatives to Ambien, such as other medications or behavioral techniques. This article also explains when a healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to this medication.)