Sleep disorders are a common problem in America. Almost everyone suffers from it in one form or the other. And to overcome it successfully, many opt for over the counter sleeping aids which in turn offers reprieve only for a short period of time. About 1 in every 4 U.S citizens suffers from insomnia, as a result of which there is an influx in the number of people consulting doctors for sleep-related problems. One common drug that is prescribed by most doctors is Ambien, a drug that helps cure sleeping disorders over a short period of time.
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What is Ambien taken for?
Ambien, otherwise known as Zolpidem is a sedative-hypnotic with powerful sleep inducing properties. The medication modulates the brain chemicals, thereby making a person fall asleep and stay asleep upon taking the medicine. The extended-release form of zolpidem is known as Ambien CR that consists of two layers with the first layer dissolving fast and making a person fall asleep whereas, the second layer helps in maintaining the sleep.
Things to inform your doctor
There are some people for whom Ambien might just not be right. It is essential that before your doctor prescribes you Ambien, you inform him thoroughly about your medical history. You should inform him if you have or had some:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or pulmonary disease.
- Myasthenia gravis
- Sleep apnea
- Mental illness
- Drug or alcohol addiction
It is imperative that you avoid taking Ambien if you have any sort of allergic reactions to this medicine. If you are allergic to zolpidem or any of its ingredients, you avoid this medicine at all cost. If you are lactose intolerant it is important that you avoid this medicine and inform your doctor about it as it might contain lactose.
What are the common side effects of taking Ambien?
There are certain side effects that you can encounter when you are on this medicine. Many people have engaged in various activities like driving, eating and so on and had no memory of it. When I was on this medicine, I didn’t face any extreme side effects. The only thing that I did experience was drowsiness and inability to get out of bed. Listed below are the top 10 side-effects that are encountered by people on this medication:
- Drugged feeling
- Loss of coordination
- Stuffy nose or dry mouth
- Muscle pain
However, if you face any of the following symptoms, then call your doctor immediately:
- Chest pain, short of breath, fast or irregular heartbeat
- Breathing trouble or swallowing
- If you feel that you might pass out.
It is imperative that when you are taking this drug, you need to inform your doctor about other medications that you are currently administering. This helps in overcoming health complications, as certain medicines do react badly when taken along with Ambien.