CAS Registry Number 99294-93-6
USES: Zolpidem is used to treat sleep problems (insomnia). It may
help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and reduce the number of
times you awaken during the night. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs
called sedative/hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually once nightly
immediately before bedtime on an empty stomach, or as directed by your
doctor. Do not take it with food because the effect of the medication will
Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to therapy. Do
not take more than 10 milligrams per day.
Although unlikely, this drug can infrequently cause temporary memory loss.
To avoid this effect, do not take a dose of this drug unless you have time
for a full night's sleep that lasts at least 7-8 hours. For example, do not
take zolpidem during an overnight plane flight of less than 8 hours.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, upset stomach,
diarrhea, and dry mouth may occur. To minimize the risk of falls, remember
to get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position. If any of
these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Rarely, after taking this drug, people have gotten out of bed and driven
vehicles while not fully awake ("sleep-driving"). People have also
sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not
fully awake. Often, these people do not remember these events. If you
discover that you have experienced any of these events, tell your doctor
immediately. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but
seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious
allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling (especially of the
face, lips, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver
disease, mental/mood problems (e.g., depression), personal or family history
of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol/other substances, lung/breathing
problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, sleep apnea), a
certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis). This drug may make you dizzy or
drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as
driving or using machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages because they may
increase the risk of this drug's side effects.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember if
it is still near bedtime and you have trouble falling asleep. If it is
already the next day, resume your usual dosing schedule that night at
bedtime. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25
degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep
all medicines away from children.