Take Ambien on an empty stomach orally as prescribed by your doctor. Because it works quickly, you can take this medication right before bed. If you take it with or after a meal, it will take longer to work.
Take Ambien only if you have time to sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours. You may experience memory loss and difficulty performing activities that require alertness, such as operating machinery or driving if you have to wake up earlier.
Do not exceed the recommended dose; take it more frequently, or use it for a longer time. Do not consume more than 10 milligrams per day. Women have usually prescribed a lower dose than men because the drug is removed from the body more slowly in women. You should only order Ambien online if you know exactly how much you need.
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After stopping this medication, you may have trouble sleeping for the first few nights. It is called rebound insomnia, and it is entirely normal. After a couple of nights, it usually goes away. Consult your doctor if this effect persists.
Ambien should only be used for a short time. Contact your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve or worsen after using this medication for 7 to 10 nights. Do not take Ambien for more than 4 or 5 weeks without consulting your doctor.
If you suddenly stop taking Ambien after a long period of use, you may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms may include muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, flushing (reddening and warming of your skin), and emotional changes. You must ask your doctor for advice on avoiding withdrawal symptoms once you have stopped taking the medication.
What precautions should I take before taking ambien?
To ensure that Ambien is safe for you, do not take it if you have ever had any of the following conditions:
- depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts
- addiction to drug or alcohol
- sleep apnea or breathing stops during sleep
- liver or kidney disease
- lung disease or breathing problems
Do not use Ambien if you are allergic to zolpidem. Ambien tablets may contain lactose. Proceed with caution if you are lactose intolerant.
People who take Ambien have reported having no recollection of driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex. If this happens, stop taking Ambien and talk to your doctor about another treatment option for your sleep disorder.
Ambien should not be taken during the last three months of pregnancy because it may cause drowsiness or breathing problems in your newborn. While taking Ambien, breastfeeding may be dangerous.