If you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble going back to sleep, you may benefit from Intermezzo. This prescription medicine is a fast-acting, low-dose formulation that is specifically designed to treat this type of insomnia in adults. A healthcare provider also may recommend using Intermezzo "off-label," such as for treating other types of insomnia.
What Is Intermezzo Used For?Intermezzo® (zolpidem sublingual tablet) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of insomnia. It contains a fast-acting, lower-than-usual dosage of the active ingredient, and is used only for people who wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty going back to sleep.
What Is Insomnia?It is not unusual to have trouble sleeping from time to time. However, if you feel that you do not get enough sleep or cannot obtain satisfying sleep, you could possibly have a sleep disorder called insomnia. Some symptoms of insomnia include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Non-refreshing sleep.
There are several types of insomnia, which vary depending on how long the insomnia lasts and how often it occurs. These types include:
- Acute insomnia (short-term)
- Transient insomnia (comes and goes)
- Chronic insomnia (long-term).
Because of its low dosage and fast-acting formulation, Intermezzo is used to help people get back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night. To make sure you will be able to function well in the morning, make sure to take Intermezzo only if you have at least four hours before you must wake up. If you take it too close to morning, you may be very groggy when you need to be awake and functioning.
(Click Insomnia Causes for more information.)