Brand Names : Ambien
Zolpidem (ZOLE-pi-dem) belongs to the group of
medicines called central nervous system (CNS) depressants (medicines that
slow down the nervous system). Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (trouble
in sleeping). Zolpidem helps you get to sleep faster and sleep through the
night. In general, when sleep medicines are used every night for a long time,
they may lose their effectiveness. In most cases, sleep medicines should be
used only for short periods of time, such as 1 or 2 days, and generally for
no longer than 1 or 2 weeks.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form:
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
† Not commercially available in Canada.