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Ambien is a brand name for the medication zolpidem, which is a sedative-hypnotic primarily used for the short-term treatment of insomnia. It is prescribed to help individuals who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

Ambien works by affecting certain chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in individuals with insomnia. It specifically acts on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors, which helps to slow down brain activity and induce sleep.

Ambien is available in immediate-release (IR) and extended-release (ER) formulations. The immediate-release form helps individuals fall asleep, while the extended-release form helps individuals both fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

It is important to take Ambien exactly as prescribed by a healthcare professional and to follow the recommended dosage and duration of treatment. It should be taken just before bedtime when there is enough time for a full night’s sleep.

Common side effects of Ambien may include drowsiness, dizziness, headache, and a “hangover” feeling the next day. Some individuals may experience more severe side effects, such as memory loss, confusion, hallucinations, or unusual behaviour. If any concerning or unusual symptoms occur, it is important to seek medical attention.

Ambien should not be combined with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants, as it can increase the sedative effects and impair cognitive function. It may also interact with other medications, so it is important to disclose all relevant medications and medical conditions to the prescribing healthcare professional.

Ambien is intended for short-term use, generally for a few weeks or less. Prolonged or excessive use can lead to tolerance, dependence, and rebound insomnia when discontinuing the medication.

If you have questions or concerns about Ambien or its usage, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist who can provide specific information and guidance based on your individual circumstances.

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