Ambien as a Sleep Aid
Many healthcare providers will prescribe Ambien as a sleep aid. Ambien® (zolpidem tartrate) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of short-term insomnia in adults. It is part of a class of medications called sedative/hypnotics, more commonly known as sleep medicines.
When used as a sleep aid, Ambien was shown to produce several effects. In clinical studies, people who took this medicine:
- Fell asleep faster
- Slept longer
- Had higher-quality sleep
- Had fewer awakenings.
Ambien comes in tablet form and is available in two different strengths. Since the drug works quickly, make sure that you are ready for sleep before taking it. In general, Ambien is used for only one to two days; it should not be used for more than one to two weeks.
(Click Ambien for more information about using this sleep aid, what side effects may occur during treatment, and when and how to take this drug.)