The prescription medication Ambien® (zolpidem tartrate) is often used for the treatment of short-term insomnia in adults. In clinical studies where people took the sleep aid, they were shown to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, wake up less often throughout the night, and have a higher quality of sleep.
Ambien is a medication that is classified as a sedative or hypnotic. As with other medicines in this drug class, Ambien has the potential for addiction and abuse. You should talk to your healthcare provider before using it if you have a history of alcohol or substance abuse. Typically, this medicine should not be used for longer than one or two weeks.
Just like any medication, Ambien can cause side effects. Some of the most common problems that were reported during clinical studies include:
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/.
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