What are Ambien Pills?
Ambien pills are a prescription medication used to treat insomnia or sleep problems. They belong to the class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics and work by slowing down brain activity to help induce and maintain sleep. Ambien pills are only meant for short-term use.
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How does it work?
Ambien works by enhancing the activity of a neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which helps to slow down brain activity and induce a state of relaxation. By increasing the effects of GABA, Ambien can help to reduce anxiety, promote sleep, and improve sleep quality. The medication is absorbed quickly by the body and usually starts to work within 15 to 30 minutes after taking it. Ambien is a short-acting medication and is typically prescribed for short-term use, usually no more than two to four weeks.
How to take it?
Ambien should be taken exactly as prescribed by a healthcare professional. The medication comes in tablet form and should be taken orally, usually right before bedtime. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water and should not be crushed, chewed, or broken. Ambien should not be taken with or immediately after a meal, as this may delay its effects.
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It's important to follow the recommended dosage and not take more than prescribed. The usual recommended dose of Ambien for adults is 10 mg taken once per night before bedtime. However, the dose may be lower for elderly patients or those with liver or kidney problems. Ambien should not be taken for longer than two to four weeks, as prolonged use can lead to dependence, withdrawal symptoms, and other health problems.
It's also important to avoid activities that require alertness, coordination, or mental focus after taking Ambien, as the medication can cause drowsiness and impaired thinking.
Like all medications, Ambien may cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. Common side effects of Ambien include:
- Dry mouth
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty with coordination
- Daytime drowsiness
- Memory problems
Less common but potentially more serious side effects may include:
- Severe allergic reactions, including difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Depression, confusion, or agitation
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Sleepwalking or other abnormal behaviors during sleep
- Memory loss or amnesia
If you experience any of these more serious side effects, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, if you have any concerns about the side effects of Ambien or any other medication, you should talk to your healthcare provider.
There are several precautions to keep in mind when taking Ambien:
- Ambien should only be taken as prescribed by a healthcare professional and should not be shared with others.
- Ambien should only be used for short periods of time (no more than two to four weeks) and should not be taken for longer than recommended.
- Ambien may cause drowsiness or impaired thinking, so it's important to avoid activities that require alertness, such as driving or operating machinery, until you know how the medication affects you.
- Alcohol should be avoided while taking Ambien, as it can increase the sedative effects of the medication and cause dangerous side effects.
- Ambien should not be taken by individuals with a history of drug or alcohol abuse, as it can be habit-forming and may lead to dependence or addiction.
- Ambien may not be appropriate for individuals with certain medical conditions, such as liver or kidney problems, respiratory disorders, or a history of depression or suicidal thoughts.
- Ambien may interact with other medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, so it's important to inform your healthcare provider of all medications you are taking.
It's important to talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns or questions you may have about taking Ambien or any other medication.