What is Ambien 5mg?
Ambien 5mg is a nonbenzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic psychoactive drug used to treat insomnia and sleep disorders. It is an FDA-approved medication for short-term use and is indicated for managing acute sleep disorders. Ambien 5mg works by binding to the GABA(a) receptor, which accelerates its activity and decreases the sleep onset time by fifteen minutes.
How Does Ambien 5mg Work?
Ambien 5mg is an immediate-release formulation that effectively addresses mild to moderate insomnia and enables you to get a peaceful and undisturbed sleep. The high dose (Ambien 10mg) will help you sleep longer and have a good night’s sleep. However, it is recommended to use Ambien 5mg along with cognitive behavioral therapy and lifestyle changes for increased effectiveness.
What are Some Possible Side Effects of Ambien 5mg?
Although Ambien 5mg is an FDA-approved drug, some mild to moderate side effects may occur, including daytime somnolence, dizziness, nausea, sleep issues, and slow breathing rate. Severe side effects are rare, but if they occur, prompt medical attention is required.
Who Should Not Take Ambien 5mg?
Ambien 5mg should not be taken by individuals less than 18 years of age, those allergic to psychoactive drugs- Zolpidem or any other drug of the same class, struggling with sleep apnea, lung issues (asthma, COPD, among others), renal and liver problems, myasthenia gravis, expecting or planning a family, or have/had issues of drug abuse and addiction. If you have any other illness, it is vital to inform your health caregiver preemptively.
What are Some Drug Interactions of Ambien 5mg?
Ambien 5mg may interact with medications that may reduce or increase its efficacy, and it may increase the risk of specific adverse side effects and certain contraindications. It should not be taken with anti-allergies or drowsy antihistamines, antipsychotics, other sedatives, antidepressants, anti-epileptic medicine, Sodium Oxybate, Azole antifungals (ketoconazole, Rifampin), muscle relaxants, or St. John’s Worts. Inform your healthcare provider if you are taking any medication.
How to Take Ambien 5mg?
Ambien 5mg effectively manages mild to moderate sleep disorders and insomnia. Your doctor will advise you on an accurate dose to help you doze off. Take the dose half an hour or an hour before you hit the sack. Avoid taking it in the daytime and take it when you have enough time to get at least six to eight hours of sleep in the daytime. Start with a low dose of Ambien and later take a higher amount if it does not yield any results. Ambien is indicated for short-term use and is a controlled class drug. Taking it for an extended period may result in tolerance and addiction.