Ambien and Ambien CR

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    Brand Name:Ambien and Ambien CR
    Generic:Zolpidem Tartrate
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1992-12-16 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Sanofi Aventis US
This drug is available in the following forms:
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Ambien and Ambien CR

Ambien is used for:

Short-term treatment of insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep).

Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic, or sleep medicine. It works by helping to increase certain natural chemicals in the brain that cause sleep.

Side Effects of Ambien and Ambien CR

Possible side effects of Ambien :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

  • Daytime drowsiness or "heavily sedated" feeling;
  • diarrhea;
  • dizziness;
  • drowsiness;
  • feeling uncoordinated;
  • light-headedness;
  • memory loss.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
  • aggressive behavior;
  • agitation;
  • confusion;
  • hallucinations;
  • loss of personal identity;
  • pounding in the chest;
  • strange behavior;
  • suicidal thoughts;
  • worsening of depression.

Who Should Not Take Ambien and Ambien CR

Do NOT use Ambien if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Ambien
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (also known as GHB)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Interactions with Ambien and Ambien CR

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ambien . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • HIV protease inhibitors (eg, ritonavir) or sodium oxybate (GHB) because they may increase the risk of Ambien's side effects
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Recent Forum Posts on Ambien and Ambien CR

sleeping too much

I was put on ambien two years ago. At the time along with other things I was going through a major depressive episode. The ambien helped me finally get some sleep for the first time in a year which was very nice. I had been having a very hard time going to sleep. Being up til 3 and then up at 8. The problem was I would sleep from 10pm to 2pm:( Now this could be two things 1) the drug or 2) still just a biproduct of the depression and disorders. Or it could be a miss. I used it til I switched my main med from Geodon to Abilify. I am also on lithium, lamictal, effxor, and topamax which is new. I take lorazapan when I need to though I also have Vistrol. I switched to trazadome Ps. Last three months I haven't had to use any sleep meds. :)

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