How Does Ambien Work?

Ambien® (zolpidem tartrate) is a prescription medication used to treat short-term insomnia. Many people may wonder, "How does it work?"
This drug is part of a class of medications called sedative/hypnotics, which are known more commonly as sleep medications. 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 is only approved to treat insomnia in adults, age 18 years old and older. Specifically, it can help people who have difficulty falling asleep, who are waking up often during the night, or who are waking up too early in the morning.
(For more information on how this drug works, click Ambien. This article provides a complete overview of Ambien, including information on its uses, general precautions, and potential side effects.)
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