Ambien is the drug used for treating symptoms of insomnia, sleep disorders, anxiety, and stress-related problems. Although many medical experts do not completely know about its working mechanism, it is accepted that this drug decreases the activity of nerve cells, especially in the CNS area in the brain and other peripheral systems. This Central Nervous System (CNS) and peripheral areas are thought to be responsible for insomnia and anxiety events. Ambien is mostly used as short term medication.

Ambien comes in smaller dimensions, circle and oval shaped white color with 5 and 10 mg sizes. This can be allowed only at a lower dosage. Individuals can chew or crush the pill in the oral method or simply swallow with water. Similar to other drugs, it should be stored in dark and room temperature.

Any individual who is consuming Zolpidem should consult with his/her physician before swallowing it or other drugs even if they are counteractive to it. Zolpidem may interact with other drug actions and may affect the central nervous system in an unusual way. This list includes cold pills or allergic, analgesic, antibiotic, pain relievers etc. It is better if the patient avoids drinking beverages like coffee and alcohol also. Any substance which has alcohol or caffeine may affect your body when you are in Ambien medication. Also, it is better to avoid driving, heavy machine work, trekking, and other risky activities in the treatment period.

Senior citizens whoever crossed age limit of sixty might be more vulnerable to the side effects caused by this drug. Drowsiness, confusion, excessive sleep and other kinds of effects may happen. It is better if they follow a much lower dosage level which is advised by doctors.

These are some of the commonly occurring side effects caused by Zolpidem usage below

  • Daytime sleep
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nasal problems
  • Digestion issues
  • Headache/ Abnormal thoughts
  • Euphoria
  • Dull/Blurred vision
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of memory/ Attentions slips

The individual should consult their doctor if they observed the above symptoms. It is better to report immediately and get help than allowing it to become larger. Chances of transforming into life risks are higher. Also, this drug is highly addictive in nature and should not be shared with others. It is safer to use at a lower dose and only with doctor supervision.