What is Zolpidem?
Zolpidem is approved by FDA and contains a substance called Zolpidem tartrate which is a sedative. It is among the medicines called hypnotics. It is used to treat insomnia. There are three forms of Zolpidem, immediate-release, extended-release, and sublingual. The immediate release forms and sublingual forms release the substance instantly inside your body by dissolving quickly and help you fall asleep quickly. They include Ambien, Intermezzo, Zolpimist. The extended-release forms release the substance slowly inside your body. They are made up of two layers. One layer dissolves immediately after intake which helps you fall asleep immediately and the second layer dissolves after a while and helps you stay asleep throughout the night. These include Ambien CR. Hollering has an active duration of seven hours.
How does it Work?
Zolpidem works by increasing the effect of GABA which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter responsible for sleep. It also helps individuals fall asleep by suppressing the regions of the brain responsible for the production of thoughts.
What are the Possible Side Effects of Zolpidem?
Zolpidem 10 mg is one of the most common sleeping pills that is prescribed by doctors. Its users usually have a good night’s sleep however it can cause mild and severe side effects. It’scrucial that you are aware of its side effects so that you can consult a doctor if needed. Following is a list of side effects that may occur due to the consumption of this medicine.
Common and mild side effects
- dry mouth
- chest pain
- fatigue and tiredness
- changes in taste
- muscle pain
These symptoms are mild and tend to go in a few days. If they do not go after a few weeks, consult a doctor to avoid complications.
Less common and severe side effects
- Allergic reactions. Symptoms can include:
- swelling of the tongue or face
- rash on the skin
- Symptoms of depression including:
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting yourself physically
- loss of pleasure in activities you otherwise enjoy
- feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- lack of energy
- trouble focusing and thinking
- changes in weight (loss or gain)
- Abnormal behavior. Symptoms can include:
- Going out more than before
- thinking things are fakeand unreal
- Doing activities such as eating and making food, talking to someone on the phone, and driving while you’re asleep but not having no memory of the event.
- Having trouble breathing. Symptoms include:
- Disturbed breathing patterns (fast or slow breathing, shallow breathing).
- Decreased oxygen in your blood
- Memory loss
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not present)
If you experience any of the severe side effects contact your doctor immediately without delay.