Ambien is part of a class of medications called sedative/hypnotics, which are known more commonly as sleep medicine. Based on clinical studies, when compared to people who did not take Ambien, people who took Ambien:
- Fell asleep faster
- Slept longer
- Had higher-quality sleep
- Had fewer awakenings.
Ambien has not been tested in people under the age of 18. Therefore, Ambien is not indicated for use in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Ambien for treating something other than the conditions lists above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally recognized off-label uses for Ambien.