Before you start taking the prescription drug Ambien, information concerning the safety of using this sleep aid should be carefully reviewed.
Ambien® (zolpidem tartrate) belongs to a class of medications known as sedatives/hypnotics. This type of medicine has the potential for addiction and abuse. Therefore, if you have a history of alcohol or substance abuse, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of this before prescribing Ambien. This sleep medicine should not be used for longer than one or two weeks.
Since Ambien works quickly, it is important to make sure that you are ready for sleep before taking it. The drug is typically taken immediately before bedtime. Do not take it before driving or performing any tasks that require concentration.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Ambien. If such problems do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. The most common side effects of Ambien include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Difficulty with coordination
(Click Ambien for more safety information on this drug, how it works, and possible overdose symptoms.)