Ambien

Zolpidem

For Insomnia

Track record

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Long (approved in 1992)

Bottom line

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Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

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Insomnia is defined as having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, which can lead to sleepiness and other problems during the daytime. Normal sleep is generally considered getting 7 to 9 hours a night, although this varies from person to person; some might feel fine with as little as 4 hours of sleep while others might need up to 10.

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Non-drug

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Overview

FDA-approved use

For short term treatment of insomnia - trouble falling asleep. Ambien helped people fall asleep faster when used up to 35 days in clinical trials.

Who might consider taking it?

Adults bothered by insomnia

What is not known

Not tested in children younger than 18 years

Track record

LONG TRACK RECORD

Long track record means that new, unexpected side effects are unlikely. Ambien was approved by FDA in 1992. Since Ambien has now been used by large numbers of people over a long time‚ the emergence of rare but serious side effects is less likely than with new drugs.

Open questions

No FDA-required studies at approval

Do not take if you...

Are allergic to Ambien

Safe if pregnant or breastfeeding?

Pregnant

Only take if potential benefits outweigh potential harm to baby (FDA Category C)

Breastfeeding

Be cautious about breastfeeding - Ambien gets into breast milk

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