About Ambien 10mg
Ambien 10mg is a medication used to treat insomnia. It belongs to a class of medications called sedatives/hypnotics, which work by slowing down the activity of the brain and nervous system.
Ambien 10mg was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992. It is now available as a generic medication. Ambien 10mg is a generic medication. It is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of Ambien is around $13.00, 67% off the average retail price of $39.82.
Ambien 10mg may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Uses of Ambien 10mg
Ambien 10mg is used to treat insomnia. It may help you fall asleep faster and sleep through the night. Ambien 10mg belongs to a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect.
How to use Ambien 10mg
Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To help you remember, take it at the same time each night.
It is best to take this medicine on an empty stomach. Ambien 10mg may be taken with or without food.
To take Ambien 10mg orally disintegrating tablets (Ambien CR):
Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take it. Open the package and peel back the foil from the tablet blister. Do not push a tablet through the foil or you may damage the tablet.
Using dry hands, remove the tablet and place it in your mouth. It will begin to dissolve right away.
Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment. In children, the dosage may also be based on weight.
Insomnia is often treated with a short-term course of therapy. Ambien 10mg should not be taken for more than 7 to 10 consecutive days. Do not take this medicine for longer than 4 or 5 weeks without your doctor’s advice.
Side effects of Ambien 10mg
Ambien 10mg may cause a serious allergic reaction. Symptoms include:
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- breathing problems
Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction:
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these signs of overdose:
- drowsiness during
- loss of coordination
- feeling light-headed, fainting
- slow or shallow breathing (respiratory depression)
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- daytime drowsiness
- memory problems
- stomach upset
- muscle pain
- dry mouth or throat
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088).
What other drugs will affect Ambien 10mg?
Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before taking Ambien with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
- cimetidine (Tagamet)
- diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor XR, Tiazac)
- erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed 200, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin Stearate Filmtab, PCE, Pediazole)
- fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane) or ritonavir (Norvir).
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Ambien, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
Ambien 10mg dosage
The recommended dose of Ambien is 10 mg once daily.
The maximum recommended dose is 10 mg once daily. Seniors should not take this medicine for more than 7 to 10 days unless directed by a doctor.
For people with liver problems:
If you have mild to moderate liver problems, your starting dose should be 5 mg once daily. If you have severe liver problems, your starting dose should be 5 mg every other day.
For people with kidney problems:
If you have mild to moderate kidney problems, your starting dose should be 5 mg once daily. If you have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis, your starting dose should be 5 mg every other day.
The safety and effectiveness of Ambien have not been established in children.
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant. Zolpidem may cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.
Do not breastfeed while taking Ambien. This medicine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.
How should I take Ambien 10mg?
Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Never use zolpidem in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to take more of Ambien.
Ambien is for short-term use only. Tell your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after using this medicine for 7 to 10 days in a row. Do not take extra medicine to make up a missed dose.
Overdose can cause extreme drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination, slowed thinking, pale skin, weakness, fainting, or seizure (convulsions).
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of zolpidem can be fatal. Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination, slowed thinking, pale skin, weakness, fainting, or seizure (convulsions).
What should I avoid while taking Ambien 10mg?
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur. Ambien may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
Avoid taking Ambien during travel, such as to sleep on an airplane. You may be awakened before the effects of the medicine have worn off.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with zolpidem and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products while taking Ambien.