Why can't I fall asleep, this insomnia is frustrating!
Zolpidem Fact: Avoid Kava-Kava, Valerian & Chamomile while taking as these may increase the CNS depression effects.
Dr. Snape is giving you a prescription for zolpidem. This should be taken when you are ready for bed with a full glass of water. It may cause dizziness, hallucinations, amnesia, and daytime drowsiness among other things.
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Zolpidem, also known as Ambien, can be used therapeutically to treat insomnia short term for patient’s that have difficulty falling asleep by binding to the GABA receptors in the brain to inhibit stimulation. However, Zolpidem is not the best choice for people who have difficulty staying asleep.
As with any drug, Zolpidem can cause an anaphylactic reaction if the patient is allergic. Additionally, Zolpidem can cause a person to experience sleep driving, agitation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and physical or psychological dependence if used for longer than 7 to 10 days. Zolpidem taken with sedatives, hypnotics, phenothiazines, tricyclic antidepressants, opioids, or antihistamines can increase depression of the central nervous system.
Prior to using Zolpidem, make sure you are ready for bed and will be able to get a full nights rest. Do not take with food since it will increase the time before the medication starts working. Do not take Zolpidem with alcohol. Do not stop abruptly taking if you use Zolpidem for 2 weeks or longer. Also, do not use if you have sleep apnea.