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Ambien (generic name: Zolpidem) is the brand name of a medication or a hypnotic that treats anyone with sleep problems and a few brain disorders too. It works on the chemicals in the brain that are slightly imbalanced.

It is given to patients with problems of sleep and since it is very effective, it is recommended that the patient be in his bedroom when he is ready to take it. It gives sleep within minutes, so patients should do no activity like driving, walking, making phone calls or eating after taking this tablet or they will be unable to recall anything after they wake up.

Doctors recommend that Ambien 10mg with 100 pillsbe taken in small doses and certainly not more than the prescribed dosage. Initially, those who take it fall into what’s termed as a “not awake” state which is otherwise difficult for them to reach. Soon after, they fall asleep and they sleep soundly in a deeply relaxed state.

Side-effects: Ambien may also give some side-effects, so patients should be careful when taking it. These side-effects are:dizziness, diarrhea, daytime drowsiness, hives, dry mouth, weakness, stomach upset, tightness in the chest, behavioral changes, irregular heartbeat, depression, shortness of breath, vision changes, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, loss of memory and throat or nose irritation. Patients should stop taking Ambien 10mg and inform their healthcare providers if they experience any of these symptoms when taking Ambien or call for emergency medical help.

Dos and don’ts of taking Ambien:

  • Take Ambien only when you can set aside about 8 hours for sleeping.
  • Do not take up any activity after taking Ambien such as driving, operating machinery, flying a plane or do anything that causes you to remain alert and awake.
  • Do not consume alcohol when taking Ambien or you can experience more of its side-effects.
  • It should never be shared with anyone else as it is a potent drug that could easily be habit-forming and addictive. This is especially so for drug addicts or people with drug abuse history.
  • Do not buy Ambien 10mg from the Internet or vendors outside the United States as this could be dangerous to your health. Often, such medication bought over the Net contains dangerous ingredients such as halpperidol or are sold through unlicensed pharmacies.
  • If patients are sensitive to lactose, they should desist from taking 10 mg Ambien.
  • Patients with the following conditions should take specific tests to take Ambien safely or ask your doctor for a dose adjustment: liver disease, renal disease, lung disease including bronchitis, asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); sleep apnea, myasthenia gravis, drug abuse or alcohol addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts or mental illness.
  • If you are a nursing mother, inform your doctor about this and allow him to decide whether you can continue with taking Ambien or not.
  • Seniors taking Ambien may have falls accidentally due to its strong sedative effects.They should take care while walking or moving about when on this drug.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 years should not take Ambien.