Ambien | Zolpidem
Medication Class: Sedative-hypnotic
Manufacturer(s): Sanofi Aventis
Approval Date: December, 1992
What is Ambien and how does it work
Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic medication (causes drowsiness) that affects the activity of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter in the brain that controls sleep. Ambien affects the activity of nerves that are responsible for sleep.
What does Ambien treat
Ambien is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia (sleep disorder) involving difficulty falling asleep.
How effective is Ambien
What are interesting facts about Ambien
How is Ambien dosed and administered
What are the side effects of Ambien
Common: Drowsiness, headache, dizziness, lethargy, ‘drugged’ feeling, constipation or diarrhea, dry mouth, back pain, sinusitis (sinus infection), pharyngitis (sore throat), and flu-like symptoms.
Serious: Heart palpitations, worsening of depression, aggressive behavior, hallucinations, amnesia (memory loss), anaphylaxis (serious allergic reactions such as throat swelling and difficulty in breathing), suicidal thoughts, withdrawal symptoms, drug dependence.
Ambien drug interactions
What is the cost of Ambien
Ten 10 mg tablets of brand name Ambien cost about $90. Ten 10 mg tablets of the generic version coast about $19.
How to obtain prescription assistance for Ambien
For prescription assistance for Ambien, please visit Sanofi prescription assistance program.
References: Ambien FDA Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.
This medication summary is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.